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Bilingual & Multilingual Education

139 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
517 Master's Degrees Annually
#37 in Popularity
$62,030 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Bilingual & Multilingual Education Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 517
Graduate Certificate 467
Bachelor’s Degree 139
Basic Certificate 13
Doctor’s Degree 9
Undergraduate Certificate 1

What Bilingual & Multilingual Education Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to bilingual and 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 Bilingual & Multilingual Education Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in bilingual and multilingual education should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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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 Bilingual & Multilingual Education Majors

When studying bilingual and 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 Bilingual & Multilingual Education Majors

As a bilingual and multilingual education major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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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 Bilingual & Multilingual Education Major?

People with a bilingual and multilingual education degree often go into the following careers:

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 Bilingual & Multilingual Education?

139 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
96% Percent Women
83% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
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 bilingual and multilingual education majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Bilingual & Multilingual Education Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 8
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 105
White 16
International Students 7
Other Races/Ethnicities 2

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Bilingual & Multilingual Education. About 5.0% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Bilingual & Multilingual Education Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $58,370 to $62,200 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to bilingual and multilingual education. 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.

Median Salary for a Bilingual & Multilingual Education Major  ( 58370 to 62200 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Some careers associated with bilingual and multilingual education require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to bilingual and 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 Bilingual & Multilingual Education Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 108 schools offered some type of bilingual and 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) 6 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 4 0
Bachelor’s Degree 34 11
Post-Baccalaureate 6 1
Master’s Degree 57 13
Post-Master’s 20 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 3 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Bilingual & Multilingual Education Worth It?

The median salary for a bilingual and 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 bilingual and multilingual education.

Major Number of Grads
Bilingual, Multilingual, & Multicultural Education 246
Multicultural Education 226
Indian/Native American Education 18

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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