English/Language Arts Teacher Education
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English/language arts teacher education is a program that prepares individuals to teach English grammar, composition and literature programs at various educational levels.
Current award levels
Hover over the bars below to see how many people across the country completed a degree in english/language arts teacher education at each level last year.
01K2K3K0-1 Year Certificate1-2 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreePostbaccalaureate CertMaster's DegreePost-master's CertResearch Doctorate
People with this bachelor's degree have gone to work in these careers
Elementary and middle school t...Secondary school teachersEducation administratorsPostsecondary teachersCounselorsManagers (specialized areas)Secretaries and administrative...Special Education TeachersLibrariansTeachers and instructors (spec...
Language and Drama Education majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Race/origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all english/language arts teacher education graduates from this last academic year. We found a lower percentage of international graduates than in 63% 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 83% of other programs.
Gender
Of all people with any degree in english/language arts teacher education earned in the last academic year, 77% were women.
Gender
Men
Women
Context: Percentage women
This is a higher percentage of women than 77% of other programs.
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Salary
The Census Bureau provides salary data for people with bachelor's degrees in language and drama education, which includes english/language arts teacher education and 10 other programs.
Context: Median Salary
People with a degree in language and drama education have a median salary of $53,076.
Context: Benefit of a master's
About 55% of these bachelor's graduates also have a graduate degree, perhaps in a different field. Salaries improved by approximately 36% 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 language and drama education, which consists of 11 programs.
Context: Unemployment Rate
With an unemployment rate of 2.1%, 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 4% of workers who earned a bachelor's in language and drama education are self-employed.
Top careers
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Language and Drama Education (which combines 11 programs), perhaps followed by additional education in any field. There is a fun exploration of related degrees and careers under Explore Careers below.
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Staring Salaries and College Debt by Award
How are students who recently completed a degree in English/Language Arts Teacher Education doing?

New data from College Scorecard gives us a glimpse into the earnings and debt for recent graduates in their first year or two after leaving school. Shown is the distribution of the medians reported for all schools with graduates in the given program/award level.

Starting salaries by award level
$35K$47K$0$20K$40K$60KMaster's DegreeBachelor's Degree
Median cumulative federal loan amount
$25K$26K$0$10K$20K$30K$40K$50KMaster's DegreeBachelor's Degree
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Salary and Employment for Majors
Understanding this data
This section's data applies to people with a bachelor's degree in english/language arts teacher education
Employment overview
Percentage of language and drama education bachelor's graduates who are working

Does getting a bachelor's degree in language and drama education lead to a secure job? The donut chart shows the percentage language and drama 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 22.6% of language and drama education graduates are currently not working. However, only 2.1% are classified as "unemployed," while 20.5% 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.

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 language and drama 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.

2.1%0.0%1.0%2.0%3.0%4.0%5.0%
Salary overview
Typical salaries for language and drama education majors

How does the median (middle) salary for language and drama 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
$53,076$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 language and drama 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$56K$48K$63K$48K$33K$51K$53K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KState government (20.3% )Local government (33.5% )Private for-profit (26.2% )Federal government (1.9% )Self Emp. Incoporated (1.6% )Self Emp. Not Incorp. (1.9% )Private not-for-profit (14.6% )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 language and drama education majors

The donut chart shows the gender balance for all people with a bachelor's degree in language and drama 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 (22%)
Women (78%)
Context: Gender representation

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

78%22%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
Distribution: salaries by gender

The chart below shows the distribution of salaries by gender of language and drama 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.

$52K$57K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KWomenMen
Context: Salary inequity

For language and drama education graduates, men generally earn 10% more than women. This is better than many: 95% of programs have graduates with higher salary inequities.

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Age and Advancement
Insights from the ages of language and drama education bachelor's-holders

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

$62K$64K$48K$58K$62K$41K$55K$61K$31K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KSalaries by age20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64
05K10K15K20K25KNumber 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 language and drama education majors earn a high salary without obtaining a graduate degree? Below, we dive into the prevalence of graduate degrees for language and drama education majors, and we explore how much a graduate degree can be expected to increase salaries. Among all english/language arts teacher education completions reported last year, 91% were at the bachelor's level or higher, including 26% at the graduate level.

Most recent completions in english/language arts teacher 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 english/language arts teacher education today. Now we'll use American Community Survey (ACS) data and look at all workers in the US who majored in language and drama education when in college.

We know that about 55% language and drama education majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (but we do not know the graduate field of study). The percentage of language and drama education majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 82% of other fields.

55%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: language and drama education majors' salaries by education level

We saw above that 55% earned a graduate degree after earning a bachelor's in language and drama 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 language and drama 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.

$60K$44K$76K$67K$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?

36%72%52%0%50%100%150%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to Research DoctorateBachelor's to Professional Doctorate
Explore Careers
Careers for language and drama education majors
Careers for language and drama 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 language and drama education. For of the career statistics we report here, we consider all bachelor-holders in english/language arts teacher education and 10 other programs to fall under the ACS data we aggregated for the language and drama education degree.

Here we look at ACS survey respondents across the US with a bachelor's degree in language and drama 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 english/language arts teacher 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$52K
36.1%
**Secondary school teachers
$0$200K$54K
15.1%
Education administrators
$0$200K$70K
4.4%
**Postsecondary teachers
$0$200K$63K
3.9%
Counselors
$0$200K$45K
2.1%
Managers (specialized areas)
$0$200K$73K
1.9%
Secretaries and administrative assistants
$0$200K$37K
1.6%
Special Education Teachers
$0$200K$50K
1.3%
Librarians
$0$200K$52K
1.3%
Teachers and instructors (specialized areas)
$0$200K$44K
1.2%
Preschool and kindergarten teachers
$0$200K$25K
0.9%
Teacher assistants
$0$200K$21K
0.9%
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
$0$200K$40K
0.7%
Customer service representatives
$0$200K$32K
0.7%
Social workers
$0$200K$44K
0.6%
Chief executives and legislators
$0$200K$96K
0.6%
Education, training, and library workers (specialized areas)
$0$200K$54K
0.6%
Registered nurses
$0$200K$64K
0.6%
Human resources workers
$0$200K$55K
0.6%
Accountants and auditors
$0$200K$61K
0.6%
Other routes to the top ten careers
Other majors that are hired by the top ten language and drama 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 language and drama 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.

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 GovernmentNursingChemistryPhysicsSocial WorkSociologyCounseling PsychologyCriminal Justice and Fire ProtectionMarketingAccountingElectrical EngineeringMechanical EngineeringEconomicsFinanceMusicLibrary ScienceElementary and middleschool teachersSecondary school teachersEducation administratorsPostsecondary teachersCounselorsSecretaries andadministrative assistantsManagers (specializedareas)Special Education TeachersTeachers and instructors(specialized areas)LibrariansAll othersThis degreeTop 10 CareersTop 10 degrees hired
Jobs that choose language and drama education majors
What careers hire language and drama 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 language and drama 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 language and drama education majors that are accounted for by the top 10 jobs -- there are a myriad of other options for most majors.

Secondary school teachersElementary and middle school teachersAll other careersLanguage and DramaEducationAll other degreesCareers where this degree is a top 10 hireDegree
Where can I complete this program?
What schools offer this program?
Graduate program details
Explore english/language arts teacher 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
Boston College
Program in Secondary Education (Master of Science in Teaching, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education)
MA
90
81%
$65
Brown University
Program in Urban Education Policy (Master of Arts)
RI
$75
CUNY Lehman College
Program in English Education (Master of Science in Education)
NY
$50
College of Staten Island CUNY
Program in Leadership in Education
NY
25
80%
$125
Eastern Michigan University
Program in English Studies for Teachers (Master of Arts)
MI
4
100%
$45
New York University
Program in Educational Theatre (Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education)
NY
90
76%
$75
New York University
Program in English Education (Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy)
NY
81
78%
$75
Plymouth State University
Program in English Education (Master of Education)
NH
$75
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Program in English Education (Master of Education)
NJ
74
66%
$65
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Program in Language Education (Doctor of Education, Master of Education)
NJ
65
57%
$65
Syracuse University
CAS Program in Language Teaching: TESOL/TLOTE (Certificate of Advanced Studies)
NY
$75
Western New England University
Program in English for Teachers (Master of Arts in English Teaching)
MA
12
100%
$30
Explore similar programs

English/Language Arts Teacher Education is part of a larger collection of programs: Teacher training by Discipline. Is there a different program that's close to English/Language Arts Teacher 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.

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