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Iowa is strong generator of teachers despite national trend

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - More than 200 University of Northern Iowa students will be inducted into the school's Teacher Education Program Wednesday.

While Iowa has a strong climate for producing educators, especially teachers, the national level tells a different story.

According to the National Education Association, the number of teachers across the country has been declining since the 1990s. So analysts focused not just on recruitment, but also retention.

UNI College of Education officials said about 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students go through UNI's College of Education every year. Career paths range from teachers and administrators, to special educators and athletic trainers.

They said the program remains strong, and about one-third of Iowa teachers graduated from UNI's teaching program.

The National Education Association (NEA) reports annual starting teacher salaries from 2012-2013 by state. Several approximate salaries are as follows:

*Iowa: $33,000
*Missouri: $30,000
*Illinois: $37,000
*Wisconsin: $33,000
*Minnesota: $34,000

The 2012-2013 national average annual salary for a beginning teacher is roughly $36,000, according to the NEA. UNI officials said many Iowa teachers are recruited to work out of state as well.

UNI's biannual Teacher Education Induction Convocation will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center in Cedar Falls. Parents and friends of the candidates, along with UNI faculty and administrators, are invited to attend the free event.
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