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.
The career trajectory of people with a Teaching degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Teaching degrees have experience in is Teacher, followed by Elementary School Teacher, Principal, High School Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Education Administrator, Preschool Teacher, Music Teacher, Professor, and Teacher Assistant.
|Career||% of graduates||% of population||Multiple|
|Elementary School Teacher||2.9%||0.3%||11.4×|
|High School Teacher||3.8%||0.2%||23.8×|
|Special Education Teacher||2.3%||0.2%||12.9×|
Teaching 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|
Teaching graduates are highly employed 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||Proportion of graduates|
|Jobs that don't require college||15%|