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|
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:
- 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:
- 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:
- 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?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of elementary teaching majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||1,289|
|Hispanic or Latino||2,809|
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.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Elementary Education
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.
|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%|
|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%|
|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|
|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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Majors Related to Elementary Education
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to elementary teaching.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|Early Childhood Education||31,056|
|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|
*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.
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
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