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Teacher Education Grade Specific

50,482 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
25,601 Master's Degrees Annually
#1 in Popularity
$58,370 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Teacher Education Grade Specific Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 50,540
Master’s Degree 25,769
Associate’s Degree 11,963
Basic Certificate 5,914
Graduate Certificate 3,548
Undergraduate Certificate 2,893
Doctor’s Degree 298

What Teacher Education Grade Specific Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, grade specific ed majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Grade Specific Ed Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Skills for Grade Specific Ed Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to grade specific ed:

  • 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 Grade Specific Ed Majors

As you progress with your grade specific ed degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

  • 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.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

What Can You Do With a Teacher Education Grade Specific Major?

People with a grade specific ed 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
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 10.5% $29,780
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 7.5% $60,320
Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 16.2% $38,720
Tutors 9.9% NA

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Teacher Education Grade Specific?

50,540 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
90% Percent Women
24% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is one of the most frequently chosen teaching majors. It is the 1st most popular in the country with 50,482 students graduating with a bachelor’s in grade specific ed in 2019. This major is dominated by women with about 90% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of grade specific ed majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Grade Specific Ed Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,316
Black or African American 3,034
Hispanic or Latino 6,068
White 36,397
International Students 509
Other Races/Ethnicities 3,216

Geographic Diversity

Grade Specific Ed appeals to people across the globe. About 1.0% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Canada
  • South Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Taiwan

How Much Do Teacher Education Grade Specific Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that teacher education grade specific students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree made a median starting salary of $34,000 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $30,900 (25th percentile) and $37,200 (75th percentile).


We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to grade specific ed so take that into consideration.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $44,960 to $62,200 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to grade specific ed. 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 Teacher Education Grade Specific Major  ( 44960 to 62200 )
Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )

Some degrees associated with grade specific ed may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. 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.

Find out what the typical degree level is for grade specific ed careers below.

Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.2%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 5.8%
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) 3.2%
Some College Courses 4.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 4.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 53.0%
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. 10.0%
Master’s Degree 17.4%
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. 1.3%
Doctoral Degree 1.0%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.1%

Online Teacher Education Grade Specific Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,878 schools offered some type of teacher education grade specific 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) 309 84
Certificate (1-2 years) 298 54
Certificate (2-4 Years) 12 1
Associate’s Degree 903 163
Bachelor’s Degree 378 96
Post-Baccalaureate 309 84
Master’s Degree 1,564 385
Post-Master’s 122 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 74 13
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 2 2

Is a Degree in Teacher Education Grade Specific Worth It?

The median salary for a grade specific ed grad is $58,370 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 46% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $369,400 after 20 years!


You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to grade specific ed.

Major Number of Grads
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
Multilingual Education 1,636
Teaching Assistants 1,591
Educational Assessment 1,532
Education Philosophy 634
International Education 400


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