Layoffs and looming education cuts may dominate news headlines, but that should not deter prospective teachers from pursuing a career in education, according to Karol Gottfredson, coordinator of UC Irvine’s Intern Teaching Credential Program. California’s Department of Education projects that the demand for K-12 teachers will continue to grow as almost a third of the state’s 300,000 teachers will retire within the next 10 years. “Orange County still is a growth area and enrollment in schools will continue to increase,” Gottfredson says. “Districts demand accountability, high standards, and highly qualified teachers, especially in the impacted areas of math, science and special education.”