Welcome to the fifth installment in our blog series taking a look at the future of some the occupational fields you’ll find here at Argosy University Online Programs. Today, we’re going to be looking at some trends and career outlooks for educators with graduate degrees.
To set some additional context for his post, Argosy University Online Programs’ College of Education offers the following graduate degrees:
- EdD in Higher and Postsecondary Education*
- EdD in Teaching and Learning*
- Master of Arts in Education in Teaching and Learning*
- Master of Arts in Education in Adult Education and Training*
- Master of Arts in Higher and Postsecondary Education*
So, what is the outlook for teaching professionals who choose to pursue a graduate degree? Our graduate degree programs in Education are designed to provide students with the practical training and the personal development they require to enhance their career potential. According to an article on SnartMoney.com, graduate degrees in education might help teachers advance their career:
“Relative to other fields, teachers still don’t make much 16% less than other college-educated professionals, according to the Economic Policy Institute. But the gap for teachers with a master s degree is less than for those with only a bachelor s. Thanks to union contracts, a master s degree automatically bumps many public school teachers up to a higher pay range, says the University of California s Sims. Moving up into administrative roles also typically requires an advanced degree, and the jump can pay off. The median salary for a high school teacher in 2008 was $51,180, while elementary and secondary administrators made a median salary of $83,880.”
Similarly, according to a recent study mentioned in US News and World Report:
“Among the 15 fields of study analyzed in the report, median earnings of those with a graduate degree in the field, irrespective of tenure, are an average of 38.3 percent higher than those who only possess a bachelor's degree in the same field. "Is it worth it?" asks Reid Linn, dean of the Graduate School at James Madison University. "I am unaware of any study that has ever proven that more education and more guided practice and direct experience has hurt anyone or negatively impacted someone's life over a lifetime."
With all of this in mind, what about the overall outlook for teachers in the coming years, what does the job market look like for teachers moving forward? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, looking at trends for kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers:
"Employment of kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers is expected to grow by 13 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations.
Through 2018, overall student enrollments in elementary, middle, and secondary schools—a key factor in the demand for teachers—are expected to rise more slowly than in the past as children of the baby-boom generation leave the school system. Projected enrollments will vary by region. Rapidly growing States in the South and West will experience the largest enrollment increases."
Want to learn more about pursuing a graduate degree as a teacher? Here is another article from US News & World Report, with some helpful tips and the Bureau of Labor Statistics can provide even more information on the outlook as a whole.
See www.auprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.
*Only campuses in Arizona, California, Illinois, Minnesota, Texas, and Utah offer programs that lead to teacher, administrator, or school psychologist certification, licensure, or endorsement in any State in the United States. The programs offered through Argosy University – Online Programs DO NOT lead to teacher or administrator certification , licensure, or endorsement in any State in the United States, regardless of the state in which the student resides.