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Teacher Education Grade Specific

25,601 Master's Degrees Annually
298 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#5 in Popularity (Master's)
$58,370 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Teacher Education Grade Specific Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 25,769
Graduate Certificate 3,548
Doctor’s Degree 298

What Teacher Education Grade Specific Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to grade specific ed and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Grade Specific Ed Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Skills for Grade Specific Ed Majors

grade specific ed majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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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 Grade Specific Ed Majors

A major in grade specific ed will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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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.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

What Can You Do With a Teacher Education Grade Specific Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with grade specific ed:

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
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 10.5% $29,780
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 7.5% $60,320
Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 16.2% $38,720
Tutors 9.9% NA

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Teacher Education Grade Specific?

25,769 Master's Degrees Annually
80% Percent Women
27% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is one of the most frequently chosen graduate majors. It is the 5th most popular in the country with 25,601 students graduating with a master’s in grade specific ed in 2019. This major is dominated by women with about 80% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of grade specific ed majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Grade Specific Ed Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 794
Black or African American 3,014
Hispanic or Latino 2,400
White 16,617
International Students 406
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,538

Geographic Diversity

Grade Specific Ed appeals to people across the globe. About 1.6% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Canada
  • South Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Taiwan

How Much Do Teacher Education Grade Specific Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree in grade specific ed was $43,550 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $40,725 (25th percentile) and $47,375 (75th percentile).

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Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a grade specific ed degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $44,960 to $62,200 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to grade specific ed. 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 degrees associated with grade specific ed may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. 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.

Find out what the typical degree level is for grade specific ed careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.2%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 5.8%
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) 3.2%
Some College Courses 4.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 4.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 53.0%
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. 10.0%
Master’s Degree 17.4%
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. 1.3%
Doctoral Degree 1.0%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.1%

Online Teacher Education Grade Specific Programs

In 2018-2019, 1,878 schools offered a grade specific ed program of some type. 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) 309 84
Certificate (1-2 years) 298 54
Certificate (2-4 Years) 12 1
Associate’s Degree 903 163
Bachelor’s Degree 378 96
Post-Baccalaureate 309 84
Master’s Degree 1,564 385
Post-Master’s 122 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 74 13
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 2 2

Is a Degree in Teacher Education Grade Specific Worth It?

The median salary for a grade specific ed grad is $58,370 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 46% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $369,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to grade specific ed.

Major Number of Grads
Educational Administration 43,584
General Education 23,737
Special Education 20,510
Teacher Education Subject Specific 20,147
Curriculum & Instruction 18,738
Student Counseling 13,672
Instructional Media Design 6,790
Teaching English or French 4,389
Other Education 3,071
Multilingual Education 1,452
Educational Assessment 968
Education Philosophy 479
International Education 354
Teaching Assistants 6

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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