Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education
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Overview
Junior high/intermediate/middle school education is a program that prepares individuals to teach students in the middle, intermediate or junior high grades, which may include grades four through nine by regulation.
Current award levels
Hover over the bars below to see how many people across the country completed a degree in junior high/intermediate/middle school education at each level last year.
01K2K3K4KAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreePostbaccalaureate CertMaster's DegreePost-master's CertResearch Doctorate
Race/origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all junior high/intermediate/middle school education graduates from this last academic year. We found a lower percentage of international graduates than in 53% 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 89% of other programs.
Gender
Of all people with any degree in junior high/intermediate/middle school education earned in the last academic year, 75% were women.
Gender
Men
Women
Context: Percentage women
This is a higher percentage of women than 76% of other programs.
Salary
The Census Bureau provides salary data for people with bachelor's degrees in elementary education, which includes junior high/intermediate/middle school education and one other program.
Context: Median Salary
People with a degree in elementary education have a median salary of $49,843.
Context: Benefit of a master's
About 47% of these bachelor's graduates also have a graduate degree, perhaps in a different field. Salaries improved by approximately 39% over those holding only the bachelor's degree for those with subsequent graduate degrees.
Employment
As with our salary data, this data applies to all who earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education, which consists of 2 programs.
Context: Unemployment Rate
With an unemployment rate of 1.5%, 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 3% of workers who earned a bachelor's in elementary education are self-employed.
Top careers
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education (which combines 2 programs), 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 is for bachelor's recipients of several programs including junior high/intermediate/middle school education

This section is informed by household surveys collected for the American Community Survey (ACS). For each person in the households surveyed, we learn about their college major (if applicable), final educational attainment, age, occupation, salary, and more. Using the ACS data lets us share something about what financial and career outcomes people can expect after majoring in a particular field in college.

Within our program pages, Ididio details over 1700 programs. However, the ACS surveys only report on 170 college major degrees. There is no published crosswalk between the programs and degrees. Some of the programs we describe are mostly offered as certificates or graduate programs, and don't make sense as college majors. For the remaining programs, we created a mapping to the best-fitting ACS degree designation.

We placed junior high/intermediate/middle school education within the ACS elementary education degree designation, which contains a total of 2 programs.

All of the data that follows is for individuals who earned a bachelor's degree with a major in the degree elementary education. While we compile data on those who also received graduate education, unfortunately ACS does not record the subject area for graduate degrees.

Programs included in the ACS elementary education degree
Elementary Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education
Employment overview
Percentage of elementary education bachelor's graduates who are working

Does getting a bachelor's degree in elementary education lead to a secure job? The donut chart shows the percentage elementary 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 25.0% of elementary education graduates are currently not working. However, only 1.5% are classified as "unemployed," while 23.5% 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.

75%
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 elementary 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.

1.5%0.0%1.0%2.0%3.0%4.0%5.0%
Salary overview
Typical salaries for elementary education majors

How does the median (middle) salary for elementary 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
$49,843$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 elementary 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.

$53K$45K$43K$51K$60K$27K$47K$50K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KLocal government (36.4% )Private not-for-profit (14.5% )Private for-profit (23.0% )State government (21.5% )Federal government (1.5% )Self Emp. Not Incorp. (1.7% )Self Emp. Incoporated (1.3% )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 elementary education majors

The donut chart shows the gender balance for all people with a bachelor's degree in elementary 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 (12%)
Women (88%)
Context: Gender representation

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

88%12%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
Distribution: salaries by gender

The chart below shows the distribution of salaries by gender of elementary 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.

$49K$56K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KWomenMen
Context: Salary inequity

For elementary education graduates, men generally earn 13% more than women. This is better than many: 90% of programs have graduates with higher salary inequities.

13%13%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Age and Advancement
Insights from the ages of elementary education bachelor's-holders

The ages of people in the US with a bachelor's degree in elementary 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 elementary education graduates who are working 35 or more hours weekly. Is there room for advancement in careers that stem from this degree?

$55K$55K$39K$57K$53K$30K$44K$51K$57K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KSalaries by age20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64
050K100K150KNumber 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 elementary education majors earn a high salary without obtaining a graduate degree? Below, we dive into the prevalence of graduate degrees for elementary education majors, and we explore how much a graduate degree can be expected to increase salaries. Among all junior high/intermediate/middle school education completions reported last year, 90% were at the bachelor's level or higher, including 21% at the graduate level.

Most recent completions in junior high/intermediate/middle school 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 junior high/intermediate/middle school education today. Now we'll use American Community Survey (ACS) data and look at all workers in the US who majored in elementary education when in college.

We know that about 47% elementary education majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (but we do not know the graduate field of study). The percentage of elementary education majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 61% of other fields.

47%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: elementary education majors' salaries by education level

We saw above that 47% earned a graduate degree after earning a bachelor's in elementary 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 elementary 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.

$58K$42K$63K$75K$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?

39%81%51%0%50%100%150%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to Research DoctorateBachelor's to Professional Doctorate
Explore Careers
Careers for elementary education majors
Careers for elementary education majors

As we explained at the start of the previous section "Salary and Employment for Majors", the career data in all of these tabs is supported by the American Community Survey (ACS), which provides career information based on the broad degree elementary education. For of the career statistics we report here, we consider all bachelor-holders in junior high/intermediate/middle school education and 1 other program to fall under the ACS data we aggregated for the elementary education degree.

Here we look at ACS survey respondents across the US with a bachelor's degree in elementary 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 junior high/intermediate/middle school 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
57.1%
Education administrators
$0$200K$68K
4.5%
Preschool and kindergarten teachers
$0$200K$25K
2.8%
**Secondary school teachers
$0$200K$53K
2.0%
Special Education Teachers
$0$200K$49K
2.0%
Secretaries and administrative assistants
$0$200K$36K
1.5%
Counselors
$0$200K$44K
1.4%
Postsecondary teachers
$0$200K$62K
1.3%
Teacher assistants
$0$200K$21K
1.1%
Managers (specialized areas)
$0$200K$72K
1.0%
Childcare workers
$0$200K$20K
0.9%
Teachers and instructors (specialized areas)
$0$200K$43K
0.8%
Registered nurses
$0$200K$63K
0.7%
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
$0$200K$39K
0.7%
Customer service representatives
$0$200K$32K
0.7%
Librarians
$0$200K$51K
0.7%
Accountants and auditors
$0$200K$60K
0.6%
Social workers
$0$200K$43K
0.6%
Education, training, and library workers (specialized areas)
$0$200K$53K
0.5%
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
$0$200K$48K
0.5%
Other routes to the top ten careers
Other majors that are hired by the top ten elementary 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 elementary 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 ArtsBusiness Management and AdministrationGeneral BusinessCommunicationsPolitical Science and GovernmentBiologyFamily and Consumer SciencesSociologyTeacher Education: Multiple LevelsSecondary Teacher EducationMathematicsPhysical and Health Education TeachingMarketingAccountingSocial WorkCounseling PsychologyCriminal Justice and Fire ProtectionNursingChemistryPhysicsElectrical EngineeringMechanical EngineeringEconomicsFinanceElementary and middleschool teachersEducation administratorsPreschool and kindergartenteachersSecondary school teachersSpecial Education TeachersSecretaries andadministrative assistantsCounselorsPostsecondary teachersTeacher assistantsManagers (specializedareas)All others
Jobs that choose elementary education majors
What careers hire elementary 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 elementary 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 elementary 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
Teachers and instructors (specialized areas)Education, training, and library workers (specialized areas)LibrariansSpeech-language pathologistsDirectors of religious activities and educationCounselorsSpecial Education TeachersReligious workers (specialized areas)Secondary school teachersEducation administratorsPreschool and kindergarten teachersPsychologistsEligibility interviewers for government programsRecreational therapistsElementary and middle school teachersAll other careersElementary EducationAll other degrees
Where can I complete this program?
What schools offer this program?
Explore schools that offer junior high/intermediate/middle school 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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School
State
Total enrollment
Student to Full-time Faculty Ratio
Average Net Price
Repayment Rate
6-year Completion Rate
Adelphi University
NY
4,889
21.3
$27,925
77%
69%
Albany State University
GA
4,346
16.7
$10,809
32%
30%
Albright College
PA
2,307
20.9
$24,673
84%
60%
Alice Lloyd College
KY
523
18.0
$14,075
69%
51%
Alvernia University
PA
2,074
22.5
$26,895
74%
60%
Alverno College
WI
1,211
17.7
$18,028
62%
51%
Amarillo College
TX
5,941
31.4
$4,089
49%
24%
American International College
MA
1,238
39.2
$19,800
60%
54%
Appalachian State University
NC
16,840
18.8
$10,473
82%
71%
Arcadia University
PA
2,522
23.1
$27,567
80%
63%
Arkansas State University - Beebe
AR
2,849
26.1
$7,930
56%
27%
Arkansas State University - Main Campus
AR
8,936
24.2
$13,420
55%
47%
Arkansas State University - Mountain Home
AR
998
23.2
$11,243
56%
46%
Arkansas State University - Newport
AR
1,897
27.1
$9,445
61%
15%
Arkansas Tech University
AR
8,340
24.4
$11,510
59%
49%
Armstrong State University
GA
5,510
21.7
$12,404
66%
36%
Ashland University
OH
3,209
24.4
$20,201
79%
64%
Augusta University
GA
4,672
18.0
$13,381
88%
43%
Austin Community College District
TX
24,361
43.0
$6,574
51%
6%
Avila University
MO
1,256
19.4
$20,092
73%
69%
Graduate program details
Explore junior high/intermediate/middle school 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
Duquesne University
Program in Secondary Education (Master of Science in Education)
PA
8
100%
$0
Duquesne University
Program in Special Education (Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science in Education)
PA
43
74%
$0
Duquesne University
Program in Middle Level (4-8) Education (Master of Science in Education)
PA
0
$0
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Program in Middle School Education (Master of Arts in Teaching)
LA
7
100%
$20
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Program in Learning Systems Technology Education (Master of Education)
AR
$40
Explore similar programs

Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education is part of a larger collection of programs: Education by Level or Special Needs. Is there a different program that's close to Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School 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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