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In Observance Of Teacher Appreciation Week, Presents Informational Guide To Becoming A Teacher

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of National Teacher Appreciation Week,, an online resource for connecting students with accredited degree programs and schools, has launched the Guide to Becoming a Teacher information series.  Through this resource, provides guidance and information for individuals who are interested in entering the education profession.   

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently 4 million teaching jobs in the United States.  Over the next three to five years this figure is projected to grow by as much as 12 percent, meaning an additional 479,000 teaching positions will be available. The DegreeTree Guide to Becoming a Teacher discusses the correct education paths for the teaching profession through a general overview and a state by state guide, providing a teacher certification roadmap for interested individuals.

National Teacher ShortageThe U.S. Department of Education has determined that there are nationwide teacher shortages in a variety of geographic areas and subject matters.   The subject matter area with the most widespread shortage is Special Education, where 44 states have a reported teacher shortage for this field.  Match and Science teacher shortages follow with 41 states reporting teacher shortages for each subject.  In an effort to decrease teaching shortages, there are state and federal incentives available to individuals who want to teach in high-need areas, including alternative pathways to teacher certification, financial aid and specialized programs.

This information and more has been graphically represented in Teacher Shortages, an infographic by the team at The site also offers accredited online degrees and additional information for becoming a teacher.

About DegreeTreeDegreeTree, a subsidiary of, is the trusted online portal for connecting prospective students with accredited online degree programs and institutions. Through its comprehensive information center, provides online tools and resources to help students make the right choice for advancing their education. For more information go to, dial (888) 212-1441 or join our Facebook page.

About LendingTree, LLCLendingTree, LLC is the nation's leading online lender exchange and personal finance resource, helping consumers take charge of all their financial decisions, from budgeting to money management to mortgages to credit cards and more. LendingTree provides a marketplace that connects consumers with multiple lenders that compete for their business, as well as an array of online tools to aid consumers in their financial decisions. Since inception, LendingTree has facilitated more than 30 million loan requests and $214 billion in closed loan transactions. LendingTree provides access to lenders offering mortgages and refinance loans, home equity loans/lines of credit, and more. LendingTree, LLC is a subsidiary of, Inc. (NASDAQ: TREE). For more information go to, dial 800-555-TREE, join our Facebook page and/or follow us on Twitter @LendingTree.

MEDIA CONTACT: Megan Greuling(704)943-8208


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