The information collected by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) for its ELL Information Center states that, as of the 2007-2008 school year, over 134,000 students were categorized as ELLs, which is over 31 percent of the state’s student population. These numbers show a significant 341 percent increase from the previous decade. The majority of these students speak Spanish, followed by Tagalog, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Italian. Nevada’s population is diversifying culturally and linguistically, prompting the need for more programming for ELLs.
Career Outlook for Nevada TESOL
Data presented by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education indicates that Nevada has a large number of academic areas with a shortage of qualified teachers. English as a Second Language is one, as is English Language Learners, Secondary English, and Elementary. Recent years have also included shortages in Foreign Language, Bilingual, Spanish, Secondary Literature, Secondary Reading, and English teachers. General, ESL, and bilingual educators may find it easy to find work in their chosen specializations in Nevada.
Nevada’s Education Job Boards
- NDE’s Employment Opportunities Web page contains links to employment boards as well as external links to Nevada public school district Web pages.
- The Nevada Employee Action and Timekeeping System lists statewide job openings in various fields, including education.
- The web portal at Teachers-Teachers allows people to search by type of position (including teacher, coach, support staff, specialist, personnel, trainer, and tutor) and employer.
TESOL Educator Resources in Nevada
- Nevada does not have its own state branch of the international TESOL association, so the state’s ESL, EFL, and bilingual educators join the very active California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL).
- NDE’s English Language Learner (ELL)/Immigrant Program (Title III) Web page summarizes department policies and resources for the state’s ELLs.