Education degrees are the most common path of study for people wishing to enter the teaching profession. In the 2008-2009 academic year, students earned 101,708 bachelor’s degrees and 178,564 master’s degrees in education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Degree requirements vary by teaching position; however, a bachelor’s degree is necessary for almost all teaching positions in kindergarten through high school, and most post-secondary institutions require a master’s or doctoral degree for teaching positions.
Education studies: What to expect in school
Education studies for elementary school teachers cover a wide range of topics–math, social sciences, literature–while eduction programs for middle and high school teachers usually are focused on one particular subject. Standard coursework at education schools also includes topics such as psychology of learning, philosophy of education and teaching methodologies. Teachers in all 50 states must also receive certification, usually from a State Board of Education, upon completion of their education studies.
Teacher employment and earnings
Education employs millions of people both in and out of the classroom. There were more than 1.5 million elementary school teachers employed in 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Median annual wages were around $50,000, nationally. The more than 665,0000 middle school teachers working in the U.S. in 2009 earned about the same median annual wage, while the more than 1 million high school teachers brought home median annual wages of $52,200. States with the largest populations–Texas, New York, Florida, California–employed the highest numbers of teachers.