SDSU Education Grads Remain Optimistic

Future Teachers Confident Jobs Will Be Available Despite Layoffs In Recent Years

The end of a long journey marked the beginning of what could be a challenging new venture for thousands of San Diego State University graduates.

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Many of the graduates in Sunday's ceremony are looking to become teachers, even though thousands of teachers have been laid off in the last few years.

Graduates who spoke to 10News said the seemingly endless stream of pink slips doesn't bother them.

knock- future math teacher "There's nothing to be nervous about. We're going to need teachers just like we're going to need doctors. Someone has to educate America," said future math teacher Samantha Knock.

Future special education teacher Kala Daly added, "Teachers in special education are in even higher demand."

"Well, kind of banking on the fact that a lot of baby boomers will be retiring. All of us did what we were supposed to do to make ourselves marketable, Hopefully, it works out," said future teacher David Garcia.

Dr. Angela McIntosh with SDSU's Department of Special Education cautions graduates that things won't be quite as easy as they imagine they will be.

'Well, the future isn't as bright as it used to be because the doors would swing wide open, especially for special ed teachers. Now they will have to look, have to hunt, interview at a number of places," said McIntosh.

McIntosh is certain that the cream always rises to the top.

"Even though the economy is demanding that certain districts reduce their numbers, we know that the best and the brightest and the most highly qualified teachers will still be able to find employment," she said.

Nearly 10,000 students graduated from SDSU this weekend.

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