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Education and Teaching Degrees: Still a Strong Demand

Year after year, education and teaching degrees consistently rank among the top ten most popular degrees pursued by college students. Academic institutions across the United States have awarded a total of 101,265 bachelor’s degrees and 182,139 master’s degrees in education-related programs in 2010, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) website. 

It certainly helps that the field of education and teaching encompasses such a broad range of disciplines and specializations. Students may choose to major in preschool, elementary, or high school education, or they can study a more specialized field like special education, adult literacy, or early childhood education. Not to mention the diverse variety of subjects that they can focus on — from English to mathematics, chemistry or history, physical education to musical instruction — the list of options is remarkably varied.

As a profession, teaching seems to be a popular career option. Education is and always will be an essential component of any functioning society, and accordingly, there will always be a need for teachers to facilitate the delivery of education to the younger population who will make up the future constituents of society.

In terms of compensation, teaching occupations offers a competitive wage as indicated below as provided by The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) (as of May 2010):

  • Preschool teachers – $17,200-$46,830
  • Kindergarten and elementary teachers – $31,720-$76,490
  • Middle school teachers – $34,990-$80,940
  • High school teachers – $35,020-$83,230
  • Career and technical education teachers – $34,860-$78,160
  • Postsecondary teachers – $30,720-$130,510
  • Special education teachers – $35,580-$83,410
  • Adult literacy and GED teachers – $27,090-$83,580

It’s also possible that students may be drawn to the intangible benefits of teaching. Those individuals who enjoy interacting with children will find teaching a very rewarding career. The teaching profession does require continuous self-enrichment — one can always learn new things in the process of updating lesson plans and school curricula. Educational careers offer an opportunity to make a positive influence in people’s lives. Summers off maybe a consideration as well.

Program Options

To become a teacher or an educator, one can pursue any of the following programs typically offered by career schools, community colleges, and universities:

  • Certificate / Diploma level:
    • Certificate in Teaching
    • Certificate in Child Day Care
    • Diploma in Teacher Assisting
  • Associate degree level:
    • Associate in Elementary Education
    • Associate in Arts in Education (non-licensure)
  • Bachelor’s degree level:
    • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
    • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (with specializations in English, Science, or Math)
    • Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (with specializations in English, Science, or Math)
    • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (Multiple Subjects)
    • Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics / Science
    • Bachelor of Science in Special Education
  • Master’s degree level:
    • Master of Arts in Teaching (with specializations in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, or Special Education)
    • Master of Arts in English Education / Mathematics Education / Science Education
    • Master of Science in Adult Learning
    • Master of Science in Education (with specializations in Education Administration or School Counseling)
    • Master’s in Education (with specializations in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or Secondary Education)
    • Master’s in Higher Education
  • Doctorate degree level:
    • Doctor in Education (with specializations in Early Childhood Education, Adult Education, College Teaching, Curriculum Instruction, or Educational Leadership)
    • PhD in Education

There may be additional requirements determined by your state for certification/licensures of teaching.  Why not explore career options in education now. Search for an accredited educational by using the search box in the upper left-hand side.