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Multilingual Education

142 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
772 Master's Degrees Annually
#9 in Popularity
$62,030 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Multilingual Education Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many multilingual education graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 772
Graduate Certificate 661
Bachelor’s Degree 142
Basic Certificate 34
Doctor’s Degree 19
Associate’s Degree 4
Undergraduate Certificate 4

What Multilingual Education Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to multilingual education and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Multilingual Education Majors

Multilingual Education majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skills for Multilingual Education Majors

When studying multilingual education, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities for Multilingual Education Majors

A major in multilingual education will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Multilingual Education Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with multilingual education:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 7.4% $58,230
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 8.0% $55,470
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 7.5% $58,600
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 7.5% $60,320
Tutors 9.9% NA

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Multilingual Education?

142 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
96% Percent Women
82% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is one of the most frequently chosen teaching majors. It is the 9th most popular in the country with 142 students graduating with a bachelor’s in multilingual education in 2019. The major attracts more women than men. About 96% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of multilingual education majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Multilingual Education Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 8
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 105
White 17
International Students 8
Other Races/Ethnicities 3

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Multilingual Education. About 5.6% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Mexico
  • Taiwan
  • Japan
  • Saudi Arabia

How Much Do Multilingual Education Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in multilingual education was $40,700 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $40,700 (25th percentile) and $40,700 (75th percentile).

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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in multilingual education, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Multilingual Education majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $58,370 to $62,200 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with multilingual education may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to multilingual education have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.3%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 1.4%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 0.3%
Some College Courses 3.9%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.6%
Bachelor’s Degree 62.1%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 11.3%
Master’s Degree 16.1%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 1.7%
Doctoral Degree 1.2%

Online Multilingual Education Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 160 schools offered some type of multilingual education program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 13 3
Certificate (1-2 years) 3 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 7 0
Bachelor’s Degree 60 20
Post-Baccalaureate 13 3
Master’s Degree 81 20
Post-Master’s 24 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 8 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Multilingual Education Worth It?

The median salary for a multilingual education grad is $62,030 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 55% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $442,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to multilingual education.

Major Number of Grads
Teacher Education Grade Specific 100,925
Educational Administration 44,381
Teacher Education Subject Specific 43,516
General Education 31,066
Special Education 30,639
Curriculum & Instruction 18,767
Student Counseling 13,679
Instructional Media Design 7,063
Other Education 5,503
Teaching English or French 5,407
Teaching Assistants 1,591
Educational Assessment 1,532
Education Philosophy 634
International Education 400

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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