There are approximately 3.3 million kindergarten, elementary and secondary school teachers working in the United States, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. More than 90 percent of these men and women work in America's public schools, teaching our children to read, write, add, think and be creative. There are few careers as dynamic and rewarding.
About a teaching degree
Teachers in the United States are required to have at least a bachelors degree as well as a state-issued teaching certificate. Thousands of U.S. colleges and universities offer bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees in teaching, and there are a variety of degrees available, depending on the university. Those wanting to pursue a career as a kindergarten or elementary school teacher are best advised to earn a degree in early childhood education. Secondary school teachers generally hold a bachelors degree in education with a specialty in a particular subject, like English, history or art.
Most teaching degree programs require that you take core, general education courses as well as courses in teaching methodology and courses in your chosen specialty.
Salary and job prospects with a teaching degree
The average annual salary for a teacher in the United States is $51,380, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That number varies considerably, depending on the region of the country where you work, your experience, what grade you teach and whether you have any advanced education or degrees. The BLS estimates that there will be approximately 281,000 new teaching jobs created by the end of 2010. That's an increase of around 17 percent.
If you're looking for a job where you can make a difference, getting a teaching degree can be the first step to a very rewarding career.
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