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Teacher Education

1,475 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
4,156 Master's Degrees Annually
#11 in Popularity
$62,200 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Teacher Education Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 4,156
Bachelor’s Degree 1,475
Associate’s Degree 1,294
Graduate Certificate 819
Undergraduate Certificate 76
Basic Certificate 66
Doctor’s Degree 9

What Teacher Education Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, teacher education 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 Teacher Education Majors

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

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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.
  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Teacher Education Majors

When studying teacher 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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  • 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.
  • 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 Teacher Education Majors

A major in teacher 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 Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Teacher Education Major?

People with a teacher 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
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 7.5% $60,320

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

1,475 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
85% Percent Women
22% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 85% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Teacher Education Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 13
Black or African American 133
Hispanic or Latino 129
White 1,112
International Students 15
Other Races/Ethnicities 73

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Teacher Education. About 1.0% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Teacher Education Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $62,200 to $64,340 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to teacher 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.

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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Some careers associated with teacher 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.

Find out what the typical degree level is for teacher education careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.6%
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) 0.6%
Some College Courses 0.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 65.9%
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. 12.6%
Master’s Degree 16.3%
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. 2.6%
Doctoral Degree 1.7%

Online Teacher Education Programs

In 2018-2019, 324 schools offered a teacher education program of some type. 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) 10 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 7 3
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 66 10
Bachelor’s Degree 31 4
Post-Baccalaureate 10 2
Master’s Degree 152 41
Post-Master’s 5 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 5 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Teacher Education Worth It?

The median salary for a teacher education 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 teacher education.

Major Number of Grads
Elementary Education 39,946
Early Childhood Education 31,056
Secondary Education 9,585
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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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