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772 Master's Degrees Annually
19 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#124 in Popularity (Master's)
$62,030 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Multilingual Education Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many multilingual education graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 772
Graduate Certificate 661
Doctor’s Degree 19

What Multilingual Education Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, multilingual education majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Multilingual Education Majors

Multilingual Education majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skills for Multilingual Education Majors

When studying multilingual education, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities for Multilingual Education Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a multilingual education student include the following:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Multilingual Education Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with multilingual education:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 7.4% $58,230
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 8.0% $55,470
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 7.5% $58,600
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 7.5% $60,320
Tutors 9.9% NA

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Multilingual Education?

772 Master's Degrees Annually
84% Percent Women
41% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
The major attracts more women than men. About 84% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of multilingual education majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Multilingual Education Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 29
Black or African American 19
Hispanic or Latino 250
White 327
International Students 95
Other Races/Ethnicities 52

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Multilingual Education. About 12.3% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Mexico
  • Taiwan
  • Japan
  • Saudi Arabia

How Much Do Multilingual Education Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree in multilingual education was $51,300 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $50,400 (25th percentile) and $51,350 (75th percentile).

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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in multilingual education, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $58,370 to $62,200 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to multilingual education. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with multilingual education require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to multilingual education have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.3%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 1.4%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 0.3%
Some College Courses 3.9%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.6%
Bachelor’s Degree 62.1%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 11.3%
Master’s Degree 16.1%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 1.7%
Doctoral Degree 1.2%

Online Multilingual Education Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 160 schools offered some type of multilingual education program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 13 3
Certificate (1-2 years) 3 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 7 0
Bachelor’s Degree 60 20
Post-Baccalaureate 13 3
Master’s Degree 81 20
Post-Master’s 24 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 8 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Multilingual Education Worth It?

The median salary for a multilingual education grad is $62,030 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 55% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $442,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to multilingual education.

Major Number of Grads
Teacher Education Grade Specific 100,925
Educational Administration 44,381
Teacher Education Subject Specific 43,516
General Education 31,066
Special Education 30,639
Curriculum & Instruction 18,767
Student Counseling 13,679
Instructional Media Design 7,063
Other Education 5,503
Teaching English or French 5,407
Teaching Assistants 1,591
Educational Assessment 1,532
Education Philosophy 634
International Education 400

References

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