Enrollment in UNC system schools of education has dropped 30 percent since 2010, according to figures from the UNC general administration that we reported last week.
More details on the trends are available in two pages from the administration’s report on enrollment in bachelor’s and master’s programs in education.
Enrollment in education schools since 2010 has increased at only one campus in the system — UNCW, where the combined enrollment in bachelor’s and master’s programs was up 3.5 percent from 2010 to 2015. At the 14 other campuses that offer education degrees, it is down.
The biggest drop at a school that has more than 100 education students has been at Winston-Salem State, where enrollment dropped 66.9 percent.
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The year-over-year decline has slowed recently across the system; enrollment declined 3.4 percent from 2014 to 2015.
Still, education officials in North Carolina worry about finding enough teachers to fill classrooms. UNC is employing various strategies to recruit students to its teacher training programs.
The UNC schools are the state’s biggest source of classroom teachers.