The study examines whether there is a changing trend in reactions of families and society towards male teacher candidates, as economic tendencies have changed drastically in Turkey. Nineteen male and three female student teachers majoring in English language teaching were interviewed for this study. It has been found that most families had neutral views. Some did not initially want their children to choose teaching, but they were later content about the decision, as they realized that graduating from teaching departments offered more employment opportunities. The reactions of the peers also change depending on their own field. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.