Secondary Education Degree

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Why Earn a Degree in Secondary Education?

A degree in secondary education prepares students with the skills necessary to teach middle school and high school. Students studying secondary education will learn to motivate and educate teenagers, utilizing techniques and methods that will prove most effective. A degree in secondary education requires students to learn about adolescent development and learn to be sympathetic to students going through a particularly difficult time. Degrees are available at the bachelor and master level, with master level degrees being requires by some school districts.

Educational Requirements in Secondary Education

A curriculum in secondary education may include:

  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Classroom Management
  • Secondary Teaching Methods
  • Art Education
  • English Language Arts

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Employment Opportunities & Career Outlook

A career as a secondary educator can be very rewarding. Individuals pursuing a career will work with children and assist them in entering the next stage of their lives. Secondary education provides an understanding of a broad curriculum, allowing the instructor to perform duties in multiple subjects. Some schools may require a specialization or courses in a particular subject. Individuals pursuing a masters degree will have more work opportunities, and the possibility of administrative positions within the school system.

Public schools in the United States require individuals to be licensed when teaching in a public school. Licensing can be obtained through the state, with examination and certification typically being necessary prior to being awarded a license. Some school districts in need of educators may implement emergency licenses to allow for immediate work as the educator works toward obtaining a permanent license. Private schools do not require licensing, though may ask for a minimum of a master degree in order to consider a candidate.


The mean income for a high school teacher is $61,420 a year with the top 10% earning $92,920 and the bottom ten percent earning over thirty-eight thousand dollars a year on average.  The BLS projects the industry to grow by 6% over the coming decade which translates to some 284,000 job openings during that time frame.  With substantive job openings, graduates and current teaching professionals should see ample opportunity for vocational growth in the future.

States with the Highest Number of High School Teachers

  • Texas                106,870
  • California        104,530
  • New York          65,880
  • Ohio                   52,750
  • Pennsylvania    45,070

Top Paying States for High School Teachers

  1. Alaska              $82,020
  2. New York        $81,410
  3. Connecticut    $76,260
  4. New Jersey     $75,250
  5. California        $74,940

States with the Highest Number of Middle School Teachers

  • Texas              72,080
  • California      47,440
  • New York      40,350
  • Florida           31,880
  • Ohio               31,180

Top Paying States for High School Teachers

  1. New York             $78,060
  2. Connecticut         $77,250
  3. Alaska                   $75,950
  4. Massachusetts    $71,870
  5. New Jersey          $71,000

Individuals interested in secondary education may also be interested in early childhood education, elementary education and adult education.   For more information about a career in teaching, check out a summary by UNM or read our The Single Most Comprehensive Guide to a Teaching Career post on our blog.

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