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Elementary Education

29,592 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
7,218 Master's Degrees Annually
#1 in Popularity
$62,200 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Elementary Education Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 29,618
Master’s Degree 7,385
Associate’s Degree 1,782
Graduate Certificate 687
Undergraduate Certificate 302
Basic Certificate 147
Doctor’s Degree 25

What Elementary Education Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, elementary teaching 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 Elementary Teaching Majors

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

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  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Elementary Teaching Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to elementary teaching:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.

Abilities for Elementary Teaching Majors

Elementary Teaching majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

What Can You Do With a Elementary Education Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with elementary teaching:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 7.4% $58,230

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

29,618 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
92% Percent Women
19% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 92% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of elementary teaching majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Elementary Teaching Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 574
Black or African American 1,289
Hispanic or Latino 2,809
White 22,901
International Students 174
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,871

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Elementary Teaching. About 0.6% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Elementary Education Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to elementary teaching is $62,200. This median refers to 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 elementary teaching 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.

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

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 1.0%
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) 1.0%
Some College Courses 1.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 74.2%
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. 11.2%
Master’s Degree 11.2%
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. 1.5%

Online Elementary Education Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,217 schools offered some type of elementary 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) 34 5
Certificate (1-2 years) 26 3
Certificate (2-4 Years) 4 0
Associate’s Degree 178 26
Bachelor’s Degree 90 19
Post-Baccalaureate 34 5
Master’s Degree 436 88
Post-Master’s 33 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 12 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 1 1

Is a Degree in Elementary Education Worth It?

The median salary for a elementary teaching grad is $62,200 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 56% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $446,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to elementary teaching.

Major Number of Grads
Early Childhood Education 31,056
Secondary Education 9,585
Teacher Education 7,895
Teacher Development & Methodology 5,446
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching 3,330
Kindergarten/Preschool Education & Teaching 2,085
Adult & Continuing Education 1,222
Montessori Teacher Education 360

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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