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Teaching and Education Schools, Online Degrees and Programs

America's teachers and education administrators hold the nation's future in their hands. Teachers and administrators typically earn an undergraduate degree in their academic field of interest, and then go on to teaching school or online graduate school to earn their certifications or degrees required to enter the classroom. Teachers can specialize in special education, early childhood education, instructional design, or adult education. They may choose to enroll in an online education and teaching degree program at the post-graduate level to prepare for work as a school or district administrator.

How to Prepare for a Career in Education and Education Administration

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the most-common route to teaching begins with a bachelor's degree in education or a major field in the arts and sciences. Student may begin preparing for or applying to online education and teaching schools to pursue their credentials. All states require teachers to pass licensing exams and hold current licenses. Most education administrators return to education and teaching programs to earn an advanced degree after completing several years of classroom teaching experience.

Teachers and Education Administrators Wages

The BLS reports that the median annual wage for elementary school teachers in 2008 was $49,330, with secondary school teachers taking home a median wage of $51,180. Education administrators earned a 2008 median annual wage of $83,880.

Education Career Outlook

Jobs for education administrators are predicted to rise by eight percent during the 2008-to -2018 decade. Employment of elementary, middle school, and secondary school teachers is expected to rise by 13 percent during this same decade.

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