Teacher Education Requirements
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The traditional educational route to teaching at the kindergarten, elementary, middle or secondary school levels is to earn a four-year bachelor's degree in education from an approved teacher education program. Individuals who are interested in teaching in middle or secondary school typically also major in the subject that they wish to eventually teach, such as music, mathematics, history, biology or English.
Prospective elementary school teachers often take a slightly different path. They can enrol in elementary or early childhood education degree programs that focus on foundations of education and educational psychology, while providing instruction in each of the various subjects taught in grades K-8.
Teacher Education Careers
The career trajectory of people with a Teacher Education degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Teacher Education degrees have experience in is Teacher, followed by High School Teacher, Elementary School Teacher, Principal, Retail Salesperson, Special Education Teacher, Food Server, Education Administrator, Water Transport Worker, and Teacher Assistant.
|Career||% of graduates||% of population||Multiple|
|High School Teacher||3.7%||0.2%||22.5×|
|Elementary School Teacher||3.1%||0.3%||12.2×|
|Special Education Teacher||2.4%||0.2%||13.8×|
|Water Transport Worker||1.9%||0.0%||1140.8×|
Teacher Education Salary
Teacher Education graduates earn on average $30k, putting them in the 10th percentile of earners with a degree.
|Percentile||Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)|
|25th (bottom earners)||$24k|
|Median (average earners)||$30k|
|75th (top earners)||$37k|
Teacher Education Employment
Teacher Education graduates are not very underemployed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.
|Employment Type||Employment potential|
|Jobs that don't require college||85%|