Leaves change colors outside of O’Donnell Hall as fall arrives on the New Mexico State University campus in November 2015. (Photo: Karrie Lucero/NMSU)

LAS CRUCES – The number of teacher vacancies in New Mexico has decreased 11 percent compared to last year, while the number of admitted students and program graduates in higher education teacher programs have increased, according to the 2020 New Mexico Educator Vacancy Report compiled by the Southwest Outreach Academic Research Evaluation & Policy Center at New Mexico State University.

“Despite the pandemic, the same teaching areas and subjects continue to yield the most vacancies, including math, science and English language arts among subject areas of need, and elementary and special education teachers continuing to make up a majority of all teacher vacancies,” said Rachel Boren, director of the Southwest Outreach Academic