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Overview
Education is a program that focuses on the general theory and practice of learning and teaching, the basic principles of educational psychology, the art of teaching, the planning and administration of educational activities, school safety and health issues, and the social foundations of education.
Current award levels
Hover over the bars below to see how many people across the country completed a degree in education at each level last year.
010K20K30K40K0-1 Year Certificate1-2 Year Certificate2-4 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreePostbaccalaureate CertMaster's DegreePost-master's CertProfessional Deg/DoctResearch DoctorateOther Doctorate
Race/origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all education graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 47% of other programs.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 59% of other programs.
Gender
Of all people with any degree in education earned in the last academic year, 78% were women.
Gender
Men
Women
Context: Percentage women
This is a higher percentage of women than 79% of other programs.
Salary
The Census Bureau provides salary data for people with bachelor's degrees in education.
Context: Median Salary
People with a degree in education have a median salary of $51,123.
Context: Benefit of a master's
About 48% of these bachelor's graduates also have a graduate degree, perhaps in a different field. Salaries improved by approximately 34% over those holding only the bachelor's degree for those with subsequent graduate degrees.
Employment
All of the following employment data applies to people holding a bachelor's degree in education.
Context: Unemployment Rate
With an unemployment rate of 1.9%, this degree's majors who are in the workforce are more likely to be employed than the bachelor's graduates of 76% of other fields.
Context: Self Employed Workers
About 5% of workers who earned a bachelor's in education are self-employed.
Top careers
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in General Education, perhaps followed by additional education in any field. There is a fun exploration of related degrees and careers under Explore Careers below.
Completions History
Salary and Employment for Majors
Understanding this data
This section's data applies to people with a bachelor's degree in education

This section is informed by household surveys collected by the US Census Bureau in its American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS tells us all about the individuals surveyed -- education level, age, career, salary, home, etc. -- and includes the field of degree for people who earned a bachelor's degree. All of the data that follows is for individuals who earned a bachelor's degree in general education, although we're also able to see the level of education the individuals attained. All higher degrees could have been in any field.

Employment overview
Percentage of general education bachelor's graduates who are working

Does getting a bachelor's degree in general education lead to a secure job? The donut chart shows the percentage general education majors who are working along with a broad view of where they work. We note:

  • Self-employed workers include those working in a family-owned business.
  • Government workers can be in local, state or federal governments.

Technically, about 23.2% of general education graduates are currently not working. However, only 1.9% are classified as "unemployed," while 21.3% are "not in the workforce." Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing whether people are out of the workforce for personal reasons or because they have been unable to find work for an extended period.

77%
Percentage working by type of employer
Government
Federal government
State government
Local government
Self-employed
Self Emp. Incoporated
Self Emp. Not Incorp.
Private not-for-profit
Private for-profit
total
Context: Unemployment rates

This chart lets you see whether general education majors have better unemployment rates than bachelor's graduates from other fields. In the shaded box plot, the percentage of unemployed with this degree is shown in blue, along with the distribution of the percentage of unemployed graduates for each bachelor's degree field.

1.9%0.0%1.0%2.0%3.0%4.0%5.0%
Salary overview
Typical salaries for general education majors

How does the median (middle) salary for general education majors compare to the median salaries for other majors? The chart below compares the median salaries for all bachelor's graduates by major. Here and everywhere that we discuss salary, we limit the population to those with bachelor's degrees who report working at least 35 hours a week and are aged 65 and younger.

Context: median salaries
$51,123$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000
Distribution: Salaries by Employer

Above we compared the median salaries earned across college majors. Now we'll view the full salary range for general education majors. The charts below show the full distribution of salaries for this degree alone, with a look at how the type of employer might affect that salary. This salary includes all people who may also have received graduate education in this or any field. You can tease out the importance of graduate education in the last tab in the section.

$54K$49K$46K$52K$32K$51K$63K$51K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KLocal government (33.5% )Private not-for-profit (12.2% )Private for-profit (30.3% )State government (17.3% )Self Emp. Not Incorp. (2.6% )Self Emp. Incoporated (2.2% )Federal government (1.8% )Overall (100%)

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

The battle of the sexes
Gender and success for general education majors

The donut chart shows the gender balance for all people with a bachelor's degree in general education. In the graphs that follow, we'll explore how these percentages compare to other bachelor's holders, and we'll also investigate the impact of gender on pay.

Gender
Men (27%)
Women (73%)
Context: Gender representation

How does the gender balance change according to college major? In the chart below, we see that general education has more women than most other degrees.

73%27%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
Distribution: salaries by gender

The chart below shows the distribution of salaries by gender of general education majors who are working 35 or more hours and are 65 or younger. If salaries are balanced for men and women, the blue and pink bars will be about the same. Many programs' graduates struggle with men's wages higher at all points of the salary distribution, including significantly higher top salaries.

$50K$56K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KWomenMen
Context: Salary inequity

For general education graduates, men generally earn 14% more than women. This is better than many: 87% of programs have graduates with higher salary inequities.

14%14%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Age and Advancement
Insights from the ages of general education bachelor's-holders

The ages of people in the US with a bachelor's degree in general education can give us a hint about whether this degree is in-fashion or out-of-fashion. A higher percentage of older people with a degree suggests that newer degree options have edged out this degree for recent graduates. Likewise, a higher percentage of younger people with a degree may suggest that this degree has become more popular in recent years.

Careeer Advancement

What entry-level pay should you expect in your first job, and is the mid-level pay significantly higher? Below we see salary distributions by age group for general education graduates who are working 35 or more hours weekly. Is there room for advancement in careers that stem from this degree?

$52K$45K$58K$41K$53K$56K$58K$56K$31K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KSalaries by age20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64
050K100K150K200KNumber with major20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Need for higher degrees
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?

Can general education majors earn a high salary without obtaining a graduate degree? Below, we dive into the prevalence of graduate degrees for general education majors, and we explore how much a graduate degree can be expected to increase salaries. Among all education completions reported last year, 91% were at the bachelor's level or higher, including 76% at the graduate level.

Most recent completions in education
0-1 Year Certificate
1-2 Year Certificate
2-4 Year Certificate
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Postbaccalaureate Cert
Master's Degree
Post-master's Cert
Professional Deg/Doct
Research Doctorate
Other Doctorate
Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree

The donut shows the degree levels awarded in education today. Now we'll use American Community Survey (ACS) data and look at all workers in the US who majored in general education when in college.

We know that about 48% general education majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (but we do not know the graduate field of study). The percentage of general education majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 66% of other fields.

48%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: general education majors' salaries by education level

We saw above that 48% earned a graduate degree after earning a bachelor's in general education, but was this necessary for earning a good salary? We can see this answer in two ways. First, we can see the salary distribution for people with a bachelor's in general education by their highest education attained. Remember, we only know the field for the bachelor's degree; the graduate degree can be in any field.

$44K$58K$74K$65K$0$50K$100K$150KBachelor's DegreeMaster's DegreeResearch DoctorateProfessional Deg/Doct

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Context: Percentage boost obtained with a graduate degree

The second way that we can explore the impact of higher education on salary is to compare median salaries for workers with each level of education. We measure the percentage increase over the bachelor's salary that each higher degree achieved, and contrast that with similar measurements for other fields.

Sure, we think a higher degree would almost always help salary, but are there some majors that "need" a higher degree (in either the same or a new field) more than others in order to reach their earnings potential?

34%71%49%0%50%100%150%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to Research DoctorateBachelor's to Professional Doctorate
Explore Careers
Careers for general education majors
Careers for general education majors

Here we look at ACS survey respondents across the US with a bachelor's degree in general education, and we see their top careers. You can explore the salary distributions for all people in those careers, as well as the typical education help by workers in that job. If you see ** before the job name, that tells you that the Department of Education recommends this job for people with a degree in education. We did not find always find a strong correlation between that advice and where people were working.

Career
Select any column header to sort by that column, and select any row to explore that career.
Salary
Salary distribution 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Percentage with degree who are in job
Elementary and middle school teachers
$0$200K$51K
40.8%
Secondary school teachers
$0$200K$53K
6.7%
Education administrators
$0$200K$68K
5.4%
Special Education Teachers
$0$200K$49K
2.3%
Preschool and kindergarten teachers
$0$200K$25K
2.1%
**Postsecondary teachers
$0$200K$62K
2.1%
Managers (specialized areas)
$0$200K$72K
1.9%
Counselors
$0$200K$44K
1.8%
Teachers and instructors (specialized areas)
$0$200K$43K
1.2%
Secretaries and administrative assistants
$0$200K$36K
1.1%
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
$0$200K$39K
1.1%
Teacher assistants
$0$200K$21K
0.9%
Chief executives and legislators
$0$200K$96K
0.9%
Registered nurses
$0$200K$63K
0.8%
Social workers
$0$200K$43K
0.8%
Retail salespersons
$0$200K$31K
0.8%
Childcare workers
$0$200K$20K
0.7%
Accountants and auditors
$0$200K$60K
0.7%
Education, training, and library workers (specialized areas)
$0$200K$53K
0.6%
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives
$0$200K$61K
0.6%
Other routes to the top ten careers
Other majors that are hired by the top ten general education careers

Take a minute with this sankey diagram, and use your mouse/touch to explore. You can follow the top ten jobs held by general education graduates, and then, in turn, you can see the largest 10 degrees hired by each of those careers. We hope this gives you a glimpse at where you can most realistically hope to get a job with this degree, but also see alternatives for the same employment options. It's worth noting that for many degrees, the top ten jobs don't account for even half of the graduates. The data warns us / encourages us that a degree is only one piece of the puzzle that determines where we land.

This Degree
Top 10 careers
Top 10 degrees hired
Elementary EducationGeneral EducationSpecial Needs EducationEnglish Language and LiteraturePsychologyEarly Childhood EducationArt and Music EducationLanguage and Drama EducationHistoryLiberal ArtsSecondary Teacher EducationMathematicsPhysical and Health Education TeachingBiologyBusiness Management and AdministrationGeneral BusinessCommunicationsPolitical Science and GovernmentFamily and Consumer SciencesSociologyTeacher Education: Multiple LevelsNursingChemistryPhysicsAccountingElectrical EngineeringMechanical EngineeringEconomicsMarketingFinanceSocial WorkCounseling PsychologyCriminal Justice and Fire ProtectionMusicElementary and middleschool teachersSecondary school teachersEducation administratorsPreschool and kindergartenteachersSpecial Education TeachersPostsecondary teachersManagers (specializedareas)CounselorsSecretaries andadministrative assistantsTeachers and instructors(specialized areas)All others
Jobs that choose general education majors
What careers hire general education majors as one of their top 10?

What jobs are especially seeking you out? The previous section let you explore the top ten jobs for people who earn bachelor's degrees in this field. Now we turn the tables a bit. What jobs have general education as one of the top ten majors they hire? Take this with a grain of salt, though, since some majors have more than 100,000 annual graduates and others have only a few thousand. Maybe employers would hire more of certain low-number majors if they could be found. In the bottom Sankey box, we show you the proportion of general education majors that are accounted for by the top 10 jobs -- there are a myriad of other options for most majors.

Careers where this degree is a top 10 hire
Degrees
PsychologistsProofreaders and copy markersSecondary school teachersElementary and middle school teachersMusicians, singers, and related workersReligious workers (specialized areas)Nurse PractitionersLodging managersMedia and communication workers (specialized areas)Social workersClergySpecial Education TeachersTeachers and instructors (specialized areas)Recreational therapistsRegistered nursesPostsecondary teachersRecreation and fitness workersAudiologistsEducation administratorsDirectors of religious activities and educationProbation officers and correctional treatment specialistsPreschool and kindergarten teachersCounselorsTraining and development managersSpeech-language pathologistsLibrariansEducation, training, and library workers (specialized areas)Training and development specialistsAthletes, coaches, umpires, and related workersAll other careersGeneral EducationAll other degrees
Where can I complete this program?
What schools offer this program?
Explore schools that offer education degrees and certificates

We've created a list of schools that offer this program for the level you select. We've also chosen a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually. You can filter the list by award level and by state. Clicking on any table headers will sort the table by that column, and clicking on any row sends you to Ididio's school profile.

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658 schools offer this program (all levels) in the selected area.
School
State
Total enrollment
Student to Full-time Faculty Ratio
Average Net Price
Repayment Rate
6-year Completion Rate
Abilene Christian University
TX
3,520
17.0
$27,175
81%
64%
Adelphi University
NY
4,889
21.3
$27,925
77%
69%
Alabama A & M University
AL
4,307
19.8
$15,812
38%
37%
Alabama State University
AL
4,546
21.7
$12,327
32%
34%
Albertus Magnus College
CT
1,274
40.7
$24,177
57%
67%
Alderson Broaddus University
WV
978
20.1
$17,794
75%
47%
Allegany College of Maryland
MD
1,878
18.6
$9,119
58%
33%
Allen County Community College
KS
1,589
49.7
$7,251
47%
10%
Alma College
MI
1,550
15.7
$22,086
82%
65%
Alvernia University
PA
2,074
22.5
$26,895
74%
60%
Alverno College
WI
1,211
17.7
$18,028
62%
51%
American International College
MA
1,238
39.2
$19,800
60%
54%
American Public University System
WV
28,898
92.8
$10,658
57%
19%
American Samoa Community College
AS
916
14.8
$4,386
37%
Anderson University
IN
1,744
18.6
$24,005
74%
58%
Anderson University
SC
2,811
21.8
$21,816
72%
54%
Andrew College
GA
261
8.2
$29,092
51%
24%
Antioch University - Los Angeles
CA
203
26.3
63%
62%
Antioch University - Santa Barbara
CA
121
36.3
63%
83%
Antioch University - Seattle
WA
59
11.9
63%
54%
Graduate program details
Explore education graduate program details

Many schools provide information to Peterson's about their graduate programs, and Ididio has licensed that data to share with you. The data is reported by program name and subject, and we have worked to match that data with the standard "CIP" titles that are the basis of these program pages. Please be aware that only a subset of all possible graduate programs share the details about financial support and admissions numbers with Peterson's. To see a complete list of schools who have graduated students with this degree, the previous section is much more reliable; however, this is a great place to look for a hint of schools that may offer financial support. You can see more details about each school's graduate programs in the Programs Offered section within that school's Ididio page.

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Program
State
Total applicants
Percentage Admitted
Application Fee
Grad students with aid
Abilene Christian University
Instruction and Learning Program (Master of Education)
TX
25
44%
$50
Abilene Christian University
Teaching and Learning Program (Master of Education)
TX
29
72%
$50
20
Abilene Christian University
Program in Higher Education (Master of Education)
TX
24
67%
$50
2
Adelphi University
Program in Adolescent Education (Master of Arts)
NY
43
72%
$50
Adelphi University
Program in Childhood Education (Master of Arts)
NY
34
38%
$50
Albertus Magnus College
Master of Science in Education Program (Master of Science in Education)
CT
$50
Alvernia University
Program in Education (Master of Education)
PA
$50
Anna Maria College
Program in Education (Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies, Master of Education)
MA
$40
Antioch University - New England
Program in Environmental Education (Master of Science)
NH
28
89%
$50
8
Antioch University - New England
Science Teacher Certification Program (Master of Science)
NH
8
100%
$50
13
Antioch University - Santa Barbara
Program in Education/Teacher Credentialing (Master of Arts, Master of Education)
CA
$60
Augustana University
MA in Education Program (Master of Arts)
SD
47
77%
$60
Azusa Pacific University
Program in Educational Technology (Master of Arts)
CA
$45
Azusa Pacific University
Program in Special Education (Master of Arts in Education)
CA
$45
Baldwin Wallace University
Leadership in Technology for Teaching and Learning Program (Master of Arts in Education)
OH
9
89%
$25
Bank Street College of Education
Program in Museum Education (Master of Science in Education)
NY
41
88%
$65
Explore similar programs

Education is part of a larger collection of programs: Student Counseling, Library Science, and other Education-adjacent fields. Is there a different program that's close to Education that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.

Program
Graduates
Award Levels
Less than Bachelor's
Bachelor's
Graduate
Gender
Men
Women
Race/Origin
White
Minority
International
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