In middle school, math! We need more math teachers in my school....so unqualified teachers are teaching math this year....

Oh don't I know. I even offered to teach another math class...but the other ladies said that they would rather teach math unqualified than teach two reading/writing blocks. And the administration let it go!

Yikes! My subject area, Family and Consumer Science - formerly known as Home Ec, is also a high needs. Although we will see if budget cuts eliminate FACS classes in many schools and then the need will obviously decrease. But, not that many people are certified in it so although the number of openings might not be massive, the number of people applying is also low.

We don't have a family and consumer science class in my middle school....nor do we have any vocational classes for the students. These are all offered as after school electives...taught by non-certified people or people not certified in these areas.

The high school I work at has way more than what is typical as far as FCS classes and vo tech, but as far as the typical PA school I believe FCS is a required middle school course as per the dept of ed. I can't find anything on the web site that lists what courses must be offered at middle school and high school so I could be wrong, but I do know that every middle school around here definitely has FCS as a required course for at least one year in middle school.

I wish we had some vo tech classes! Our students definitely could use them. I have some students where it would be their best class. But with RtI, I guess most of these students would be taking an extra reading, writing, or math class instead....so I guess it doesn't really matter here.

In my area, it's secondary math 7-12. Especially if you're willing (like me) to teach at the middle school level. There are many districts in our area that are offering algebra and/or geometry to advanced 8th graders for high school credit. So if our district makes cuts at the middle school level, they will need me around to teach those kids! The teachers who are middle school certified (grades 4-9) or elem ed majors can't teach those courses. The state of Ohio has also added a new requirement that students need 4 credits of high school math (so they get an algebra II equivalent) to graduate. So more 7-12 math certified teachers will be needed.

Of the ones you listed, definitely math and science - with emphasis on the upper levels. Social studies teachers (and I am one of them) are a dime a dozen. We only have three Spanish teachers in our entire district.

We've had trouble finding reading specialists for my district. We had a lot of trouble 3 years ago finding a FACS teacher. A college prof predicted several years ago that Driver Ed would be in high demand but districts close to me are cutting that department.

I think it depends on your area. Here I see a lot of posting for special ed still (upper), math, science and P.E.- Though with budget cuts- I wonder if P.E. will not be a high needs anymore. Additionally, Bilingual/ESL is often posted. In 2014 all of our pre-k teachers will need an ESL endorsement. ESL is for many languages and bilingual sometimes is too. Spanish, Urdu, Gujarati, Chinese.

http://www.cps-humanresources.org/Careers/Forms/6292011_Bull.pdf - Here is our latest "E-bulletin" what positions are anticipated/needed and will be hired in the next 2 weeks. Umm the last 2 E-bulletins are only 2 pages, with no postings. Ummm - Not sure what to make of that- we are in the middle of a big transition here.

Here is another indicator of "high needs" in CPS. The people who have residency waivers. However this can be changed each school year. I have to admit- more than I thought are eligible for the waiver. The current areas of education assessed as special needs are: Special Education Teachers Mathematics Teachers Science Teachers Librarians Guidance Counselors School Nurses Reading Teachers Bilingual Teachers Physical Education Teachers School Psychologists Speech Pathologists ROTC Sign Language Interpreters Occupational & Physical Therapists Health Service Nurses World Language (Exclusively: Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Latin, Farsi) http://www.cps-humanresources.org/Careers/residency.htm

I earned my math and science credentials since my multiple subject credential is basically useless these days in California. I was hired for middle school science. However, there were a lot of math jobs that were also available.

Non really- maybe special education. There's an oversaturation of teachers in general so no subject is in high demand anymore.