Recent data has shown from the 1970/71 academic year to the 2020/21 academic year the number of students earning Education degrees has dropped by half. During this same time frame the number of students attending college has increased by 50%. In 1970 it was the most popular major.
Reasons speculated for the decline are women now have other opportunities available to them that weren’t in 1970, low pay, upticks in violence against teachers, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
A press release from last year detailed that 44% of schools nationwide reported full or part-time teacher vacancies, with special education suffering the most.
Here is the complete article outlining the issue on Fox News: https://www.foxnews.com/media/education-degrees-plummeted-50-1970-grim-future-america-top-major-data