|Figure 28-2: Percentage distribution of continuing and newly hired regular teachers, by career path and certification type: School year 2007-08|
1 Direct-entry refers to first-year teachers who had finished teacher training the previous year and entered teaching without a delay; delayed-entry refers to first-year teachers who had engaged in an activity other than teaching for some time between graduating and beginning teaching; reentry refers to teachers who had taught in the past but did not teach at the elementary or secondary level during the previous year; and transfer refers to teachers who were teaching in another school system the previous year.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. A regular teacher is any teacher whose primary position in a school is not an itinerant teacher, a long-term substitute, a short-term substitute, a student teacher, a teacher aide, an administrator, a library media specialist or librarian, or another type of professional staff (e.g., counselor, curriculum coordinator, social worker) or support staff (e.g., secretary). The regular certification category includes regular or standard state certificates and advanced professional certificates (for both public and private school teachers), as well as full certificates granted by an accrediting or certifying body other than the state (for private school teachers only). Probationary certificates are for those who have satisfied all requirements except the completion of a probationary period. Temporary certificates are for those who require additional college coursework and/or student teaching. Waivers or emergency certificates are for those with insufficient teacher preparation who must complete a regular certification program in order to continue teaching. No certification indicates that the teacher did not hold any certification in the state where they had taught.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School Teacher Data File" and "Private School Teacher Data File," 2007–08.