Joanna Masingila, dean of the Syracuse University School of Education, says that the younger generation just isn't interested in being teachers anymore.
"In the past, schools might've had 40-50 applications for a spot, now they have 3 or 4," Masingila said.
Masingila says some of the reasons students are no longer going into education is a lack of respect for the profession, money and the fact that they simply don't have to.
"The world is changing very rapidly and our young people have more and more career paths they explore," said Donna J. DeSiato, East Syracuse-Minoa School District superintendent.
In trying to fill openings, some school districts are taking a closer look at non-traditional applicants.
DeSiato says many new teachers are now starting later in life.
"We have many of the baby boomer generation retiring," said DeSiato.
And with more time on their hands, many retirees are looking for part-time jobs, making them great applicants for teaching or substitute teaching.
Career-changers are another type of applicant schools see.
"We find that those that have come from other business and other types of career pathways, are excellent with regard to being career changers and coming into the field of education," said DeSiato.
"People who have no experience, but we think have potential, we will provide them with support and training," said Robert Hughes, Tully School District superintendent.
They all agree it's a common misconception that one needs the traditional four-year degree in education to apply. As long as they have a passion for teaching and a Bachelor’s degree, they, too, can teach.
Anyone looking to become a teacher or substitute teacher in the East Syracuse-Minoa School District can call 315-434-3007 or visit www.esmschools.org.
Anyone interested in the Tully School District can call 315-696-6200 or visit www.tullyschools.org/