GSE Faculty Research

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

January 2001


The phenomenon of out-of-field teaching - teachers assigned to teach subjects for which they have little education or training-is an important, but long unrecognized, problem in schools. It is an important issue because highly qualified teachers may actually become highly unqualified when they teach subjects for which they have little background. This issue has long been unrecognized, however, largely due to an absence of accurate information about it - a situation remedied with the availability, beginning in the early 1990s, of new data on teachers.


Reprinted from Educational Researcher, Volume 30, Issue 1, January 2001, pages 21-22.

The author, Dr. Richard M. Ingersoll, asserts his right to include this material in ScholarlyCommons@Penn.



Date Posted: 24 October 2007

This document has been peer reviewed.