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574 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
109 Master's Degrees Annually
#19 in Popularity
$64,340 Median Salary

Types of Degrees History Education Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 574
Master’s Degree 109
Associate’s Degree 16
Basic Certificate 1
Graduate Certificate 1

What History Education Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to history teacher 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 History Teacher Education Majors

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

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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.
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  • 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 History Teacher Education Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to history teacher education:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.

Abilities for History Teacher Education Majors

A major in history 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.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • 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.

What Can You Do With a History Education Major?

People with a history teacher education degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Education Professors 10.3% $64,780
History Professors 10.4% $74,590
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

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

574 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
48% Percent Women
20% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
According to recent stats this major attracts about equal numbers of men and women. Roughly 48% of the graduates are women, and 52% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of History Teacher Education Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 4
Black or African American 11
Hispanic or Latino 86
White 440
International Students 5
Other Races/Ethnicities 28

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in History Teacher Education. About 0.9% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do History Education Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

History Teacher Education majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $62,030 to $73,680 (25th to 75th percentile). 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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Some careers associated with history 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.

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

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 0.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 1.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 36.5%
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. 8.8%
Master’s Degree 19.3%
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. 1.9%
Doctoral Degree 31.6%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.0%

Online History Education Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 210 schools offered some type of history 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) 2 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 3 2
Bachelor’s Degree 8 0
Post-Baccalaureate 2 0
Master’s Degree 36 4
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in History Education Worth It?

The median salary for a history teacher education grad is $64,340 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 61% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $488,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to history teacher education.

Major Number of Grads
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching 8,634
Reading Teacher Education 6,530
Music Education 4,575
English & Language Arts Education 3,287
Mathematics Education 3,164
Other Teacher Education & Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 2,654
Health Education 1,821
Social Studies Education 1,623
Art Education 1,617
Science Education 1,430
Agricultural Teacher Education 1,130
Trade & Industrial Teacher Education 773
Technology Education 715
Biology Education 689
Social Science Teacher Education 605
Technical Teacher Education 495
Spanish Education 437
School Librarian/School Library Media Specialist 343
Family & Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education 341
Health Occupations Teacher Education 318
Modern Language Education 257
Business Education 230
Drama & Dance Education 224
Computer Teacher Education 216
Chemistry Education 185
Earth Science Teacher Education 150
Physics Education 123
Environmental Education 78
Driver & Safety Teacher Education 54
Speech Teacher Education 48
French Language Teacher Education 35
German Language Teacher Education 11
Distributive Education 10
Psychology Teacher Education 6
Latin Teacher Education 5
Geography Teacher Education 2

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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