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How will your teaching education stack up?

If you want to study teaching at home, you should be aware of how your education will compare to the education available elsewhere in the US. Below is some information to help you get started. The US has 2,102 brick and mortar teaching schools.

Top Schools

The following schools that have teaching programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  1. Harvard University - located in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  2. Stanford University - located in Stanford, California
  3. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York

Student Demographics

In 2010, 181,329 students earned degrees in teaching in the US. Of these students, 15,198 graduated from certificate programs in teaching, 100,342 graduated from undergraduate programs in teaching, and 65,789 graduated from graduate-level programs in teaching.


Students can pursue education in teaching at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Teaching
  • Bachelor's Degree in Teaching
  • Master's Degree in Teaching
  • Doctoral Degree in Teaching
  • Certificate in Teaching

Teaching students can expect to gain the following skills and/or knowledge while studying teaching:

  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Teaching and Instruction
  • Active Listening
  • Child Psychology
  • Human Relations


On average in 2010, teaching schools in the US charged $25,544 in tuition per year. The teaching schools charging the highest tuition were:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  3. Tulane University of Louisiana - located in New Orleans, Louisiana, students paid $40,584

The lowest tuition was charged by the following teaching schools:

  1. University of Central Florida - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $4,526
  2. North Carolina State University at Raleigh - located in Raleigh, North Carolina, students paid $5,475
  3. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, students paid $5,625

How will your teaching job compare?

Some of the most popular jobs teaching graduates in the US pursue include primary school education administrator, education administrator, business teacher, computer science teacher, or mathematical science teacher. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 3,836,560 teachers working in the US in 2010. This number includes 69,880 english teachers, 222,270 primary school education administrators, and 110,360 education administrators. The largest populations of teachers are in the following states:

  1. California - 427,200 Teachers
  2. Texas - 373,450 Teachers
  3. New York - 279,960 Teachers

Projected Growth

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of teachers is expected to grow by 11% by 2018. There are projected to be 3,708,920 teachers working in the US then. Of these 3,708,920 teachers, the government predicts that 0 will become english teachers, 930 will become primary school education administrators, and 1,240 will become education administrators. The number of teachers is expected to grow the fastest in the following states:

  1. Texas - 30%
  2. Utah - 30%
  3. Georgia - 27%


Teachers around the US earn $64,272 per year on average. However, factors such as shift differentials, experience, and location can cause the salary for teachers to vary greatly dependent on the exact teaching profession you pursue. Salaries for teachers range from less than $15,480 per year to more than $166,250 per year. On average, teachers earn the most in the following states:

  1. New York - $85,183 per year
  2. Massachusetts - $78,733 per year
  3. New Jersey - $75,983 per year

The states with the lowest average salary for teachers are:

  1. West Virginia - $46,704 per year
  2. Vermont - $48,063 per year
  3. Montana - $48,373 per year

On average the highest paid teachers were:

  1. Health Specialties Teacher - $103,960 per year
  2. Education Administrator - $96,680 per year
  3. Primary School Education Administrator - $89,990 per year

On average the lowest paid teachers were:

  1. Postsecondary Vocational Teacher - $52,790 per year
  2. Kindergarten Teacher - $51,550 per year
  3. Literacy Teacher - $51,080 per year

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So what kind of job can you get after studying

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 1,485,600 $54,330 -0.1%
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 655,090 $54,880 2.8%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School 226,920 $55,220 6.0%
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School 222,270 $89,990 4.2%
Postsecondary Teachers, All Other 183,160 $71,280 -31.5%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 173,330 $51,550 1.2%
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 144,780 $103,960 33.2%
Instructional Coordinators 128,780 $61,270 14.1%
Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary 120,290 $52,790 13.5%
Education Administrators, Postsecondary 110,360 $96,680 4.7%
Business Teachers, Postsecondary 79,070 $85,470 17.3%
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary 69,880 $67,920 19.0%
Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors 68,510 $51,080 3.7%
Education Teachers, Postsecondary 61,450 $64,370 19.7%
Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary 51,980 $73,480 16.4%
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary 33,080 $78,190 -14.1%
Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School 14,600 $54,160 -5.1%
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other 7,410 $85,400 17.1%