Find All The U.S. Colleges That Offer Teaching Degrees

Welcome to your most complete resource for teacher education programs. We have compiled a list of over 20,000 teaching degrees and certificates from more than 1,700 teaching colleges and school districts across the U.S. to help you succeed. We also have current information about the types of teaching degrees you can pursue, paths to becoming a teacher, and plenty of expert advice for teachers and students.

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Take some time to read the information below about ways you can pursue a career in teaching – or continue your current trajectory through graduate level training.

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Bachelor's Degree in Education

Why you should get this degree

A four year degree in education is the surest way to become a certified teacher - students obtain a liberal arts education while completing teaching license requirements.

Why a different degree might be better

Those interested in teaching a specific subject area may opt to study that subject in depth and pursue teacher credentials through an alternative certification program.

Job options

Depending on your specialty area, job options may include: teaching positions in a preschool, elementary, middle or high school environment.

Salary range

Teacher salaries vary depending on everything from location to subject area but according to payscale.com, on average, a K-12 teacher can expect to earn between $34,000 and $46,000 annually.

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Alternative Certification: Teaching Certificate

Why you should get this degree

For the aspiring teacher, especially a career-changer, who has a bachelor's degree in an area other than education, an alternative certification program will give you the credentials to begin teaching. License requirements vary by state, but many programs allow you to complete certification while gaining experience in the classroom.

Why a different degree might be better

While these programs offer a quicker path into the classroom than pursuing a traditional education major, many of them are also tailored to specific education needs like the need for more math and science teachers or for more teachers in rural or urban districts. If you aren't flexible about location or subject area, a traditional program might be better suited to your goals.

Job options

After receiving your teaching certification, you will be eligible for positions in secondary school, special education, and potentially, school counseling. You will find options in rural and urban districts in particular.

Salary range

According to PayScale.com, a K-12 teacher's yearly salary is between $34,000 and $43,000, but this can vary depending on the type of school and subject area.

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Graduate Certificate in Education

Why you should get this degree

The graduate certificate gives teachers interested in further specializing in a subject area or skill, the opportunity to do so. For example, if you are an elementary school teacher you may be interested in a special education graduate certificate. These programs are typically one to two years, and many are offered online.

Why a different degree might be better

The graduate certificate will enhance your knowledge and make you more marketable in a specific area of teaching, whether it's subject or skill specific. If you want to pursue an administration role or something in curriculum development, you might want to opt for a master's or doctoral degree instead.

Job options

Many with certificates find teaching positions at the K-12 level. Certificates can make you more marketable by giving you a credential in special education, leadership, technology or another area.

Salary range

Salaries can range by job type, location and years of experience and can be anywhere from around $30,000 to about $50,000 per year.

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Alternative Certification: Master's in Teaching

Why you should get this degree

If you're switching careers into education or simply didn't major in education for your undergrad degree, alternative certification can help get you into a classroom quickly. Some alternative certification programs allow you to teach while you earn a Master's in Education or, more commonly, a Master of Arts in Teaching.

Why a different degree might be better

Not all alternative certification programs culminate in a master's degree. You may want a program that can help you get certified to teach more quickly.

Job options

Earning a Master's in Education or Teaching can often help you attain higher salaries and if interested, positions in leadership roles as well.

Salary range

Teachers with master's degrees can earn between $39,000 and $55,000 per year, according to PayScale.com.

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Master's in Education

Why you should get this degree

Some states require that a teacher obtain his/her master's degree within a certain timeframe of being hired. Whether or not that's the case in your district or the one in which you plan to teach, earning your master's can help you specialize and make you more marketable in a tough hiring climate. For example, you can add credentials like special education or school counseling to your resume or add to the depth of your knowledge in a chosen subject area.

Why a different degree might be better

Most likely a master's will be a necessary step if you want to stick with an education career; however, if you are in a district that doesn't require an advanced degree to maintain licensure, you may not be required to pursue your master's. Also, if your bachelor's is not in education, you can choose to pursue an alternative certification program that leads directly to a master's.

Job options

A master's degree can lead to a higher salary in a K-12 teaching position and can also open doors to working in administration or education policy.

Salary range

Teachers who've earned their master's degrees can earn between $39,000 and $55,000 per year, according to PayScale.com.

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Educational Specialist

Why you should get this degree

An Education Specialist degree is a newer credential, in between the master's and doctorate degree in education. This degree can be a stepping stone into a career in school administration, curriculum planning or even in college-level instruction. It can also be a part of a bridge program, which will culminate in a doctoral degree.

Why a different degree might be better

The value of earning the EdS is completely contingent on your goals in the education field. If you want to stay in the classroom in the K-12 school system, you may not need to go further than a master's degree. If you want to teach at the university level or become superintendent, it may be better to pursue a doctoral degree instead.

Job options

The EdS will prepare you for more leadership oriented roles within the school system like principal, superintendent or curriculum specialist.

Salary range

According to PayScale.com, with an EdS, you can expect to earn between $55,000 and $87,000 annually.

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Doctor of Education

Why you should get this degree

The EdD degree is not as common as the PhD in education, but it's well-suited for those interested in pursuing administration, curriculum planning or even school counseling careers. The degree is oriented to the practice of education rather than the theory.

Why a different degree might be better

Some in academia argue that the PhD is a more respected and versatile degree than the EdD. While this can largely depend on the type of position you're seeking, if you know you want to do education research or teach at the university or college level, the PhD might be the better choice.

Job options

Those who obtain their EdD, most often pursue careers in higher level administration with positions such as superintendent, faculty advisor, and board of education director, often at the K-12 level. Options in curriculum planning, policy and more may also be available.

Salary range

According to PayScale.com, school superintendents earn an average yearly salary between $65,000 and $120,000.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Education

Why you should get this degree

Different from a Doctor of Education, a Doctor of Philosophy in education emphasizes the theory of education and research and is especially appropriate for someone looking to become an administrator or professor on a college or university level. The PhD is also the more common of the two degrees and in some cases, considered to be more versatile than the EdD.

Why a different degree might be better

For those more interested in the practice of education rather than theory, especially at the K-12 level, an EdD would be a better fit than the PhD in education.

Job options

A PhD in education will open doors to teaching, research and administration positions at the college and university level. Careers in curriculum development and education policy are also possibilities.

Salary range

The salary for someone holding a PhD In Education can vary with job title, but according to PayScale.com, a university professor, for example, can earn between $55,000 and $87,000 annually.

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Applying to education school

Guide to Applying to Education School

Maybe you've always dreamed of being a teacher? Or maybe you're changing careers into the field? Either way, the first step is deciding on the best program for your goals.

Education programs span a few different levels from bachelor's degrees, to certificates, master's degrees, education specialist and doctoral degrees. Also, you'll have to consider whether you prefer a traditional education program (four year bachelor's degree) or an alternative certification program. Since 2005, one third of beginning teachers were hired after completing an alternative certification program, according to Teach-Now.org, and this entry certification into education is only becoming more popular.

Reasons to choose any of the available programs vary, as do their requirements. To help you choose the best teaching degree for you, we've broken down all the available degree types including their application requirements below.

What are the basic education program application requirements by degree type?

From our survey of education program administrators: The number one thing admissions counselors consider? Your admissions requirements - make sure you fulfill all required courses and credits before applying, especially if they relate to a subject area you're interested in teaching.

Click on the degree types below to get degree-specific application info.

Good luck!

Bachelor's in Education

A minimum of a bachelor's degree is required to teach in any school system, and a four-year degree in education is one of the easiest ways (and the most traditional way) to begin your career. There are thousands of programs to choose from, and most colleges and universities will even include certification testing.

  • Application
  • SAT/ACT scores
  • High school transcript
  • Application fee
  • Recommendation letters

*Some schools require a student to have met a certain minimum GPA in high school and/or to have completed particular course requirements.

From our survey of education program administrators: Just meeting your application requirements does not mean automatic acceptance into a program - take each element of the application seriously from your GPA to your essay.

Alternative Teacher Certification

Alternative certification programs have become an increasingly popular way to get into teaching. Geared for those with a non-education bachelor's degree, these programs cater especially to high-need areas like the math and sciences or urban and rural school districts. Programs mix education theory and training with hands-on experience. If you already have a bachelor's degree, alternative certification is the fastest way to jump right into the classroom. Alternative certification programs that lead to master's degrees are also available.

  • Application
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Transcript from an undergraduate college or university
  • Literacy test scores

*Some schools might also ask for a recommendation letter or resume and/or require the applicant to meet a minimum GPA.

From our survey of education program administrators: Let who you are and why you are pursuing teaching shine through - admissions counselors are trying to get a true sense of who you are and what kind of teacher you would be.

Master's in Education

Some school systems now require that you obtain a master's in education within a few years of starting your teaching career. Often, a master's degree is a logical progression from the bachelor's degree, allowing a teacher to specialize, gain in depth knowledge, demand a higher salary and even reposition him or herself for a more leadership-oriented position. Master's programs can vary in length of time required to complete, but will take about a year. Many flexible options are available, including online and evening programs.

  • Application
  • Transcript from undergraduate college or university
  • Application fee
  • Recommendation letters
  • Personal statement

*Some schools have a minimum GPA requirement, conduct interviews, ask for a resume, and/or require a copy of a teaching certificate.

Educational Specialist

An EdS, or education specialist degree, is a relatively new degree that falls in between a master's and a doctorate in education. In general, this is a degree for those at the K-12 level who want to move into administrator, school counseling or curriculum planning roles. Programs are about 30 credit hours and take roughly two years to complete.

  • Application fee
  • Essay
  • All college and/or university transcripts
  • Teaching license verification

*Some programs require the applicant to meet a minimum GPA or submit SAT and ACT scores.

Doctor of Education

The Doctor of Education (EdD) differs slightly in focus from the Doctor of Philosophy in Education, in that it emphasizes the practice vs. theory of education, though both are covered. Typically, this degree is recommended for those interested in pursuing leadership, counseling or education policy work in the K-12 environment. Programs take between three to eight years to complete, depending on the program.

  • Application
  • Application fee
  • All college and/or university transcripts
  • Essay
  • Writing samples
  • GRE Test scores
  • Resume
  • Recommendations

*Some programs may have additional requirements.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education is considered a more academic degree than the EdD. It focuses heavily on the theory of education and prepares those who earn it for leadership roles in education and in particular for teaching positions at the college or university level or for education research and policy work. Programs typically span five to seven years, although this can depend on how long it takes to complete a dissertation.

  • Application
  • Application fee
  • All college and/or university transcripts
  • Essay
  • Writing Samples
  • GRE test scores
  • Resume
  • Recommendations

*Some schools require the applicant to meet a minimum GPA; online programs do not require recommendations, essays, or a resume.

What elements of a teaching program application are most important?

*Education programs will vary in what elements they require from applicants and how much weight they will place on these elements. For a competitive program, you can expect each element to weigh more heavily on an admissions decision, but check with the programs for specific details on the admissions process.

Other application elements administrators look for are volunteer experience-especially that relates to education, professional attitude, attention to detail in your application and of course your story - why you're interested in teaching and who you are.

For more specific admissions guidelines contact the admissions department of the schools to which you are interested in applying.

Good luck on your applications!

State licensing requirements

Licensing Requirements: State by State Guide

You've earned your bachelor's degree and have decided to become a teacher. What's next? Most states/schools will require you to be licensed to teach (though some charter schools may not require certification). But, how do you become licensed, and what if you want teach in a new state or have the option of teaching in multiple states? Or, what if you haven't been through a traditional teaching program, but are still interested in leading a classroom? The answers to these questions - it depends. Teacher certification can be a confusing process as requirements vary from state to state. We've made the information hunt easier - just select the state you'd like to teach in and find out more about what the requirements for licensing in that state are and where to go to find out more.

Technology tips

Interview with EduRealms's Lucas Gillispie - Video Games in Classrooms

EducationDegree.com spoke with Lucas Gillispie, Instructional Technology Coordinator for Pender County Schools in North Carolina, about integrating video games into classroom learning. Lucas, a former science teacher, explains how Angry Birds, World of Warcraft and more can be incorporated into lesson plans - from physics to language arts. Find out more about his success launching an afterschool/elective program based on World of Warcraft at www.edurealms.com.

Reality vs. expectations survey

Survey Results

EducationDegree.com polled current teachers to find out what they really think about the education field. Was teaching what they expected? What do they like about it? What would they change? What do they wish they had known about the field when they were in school? If you want to become a teacher, check out their answers below and see what current teachers have to say about everything from the number of students in their classes to what it's like to work with school administrators and other teachers.

If you are a teacher and would like to contribute your experiences to this survey, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VSBT5NG. We'll update the results periodically.

1. I have a(n):

  • A. Bachelor's degree in education.
  • B. Master's degree in education.
  • C. Educational Specialist degree.
  • D. Doctorate in education.

2. I came into teaching through:

  • A. A traditional teacher education program.
  • B. Alternative certification/other.

3. I've been a teacher or school administrator:

  • A. Less than 1 year.
  • B. 1-5 years.
  • C. 6-10 years.
  • D. More than 10 years.

4. I teach:

  • A. Pre-K / Kindergarten.
  • B. Elementary school.
  • C. Middle school.
  • D. High school.

5. My first teaching position was:

  • A. What I had expected.
  • B. Mostly what I had expected.
  • C. Only somewhat like what I had expected.
  • D. Nothing like what I had expected.

6. The thing I enjoyed most about my first teaching job was (open ended question - representative answers below):

The students, the other teachers and the experiences involved in teaching.

7. The most unexpected thing about my first teaching job was (open ended question - representative answers below):

The amount of work required in the given timeframe as well as the difficulty involved in dealing with some students, parents and other teachers.

8. The thing I disliked most about my first teaching job was (open ended question - representative answers below):

The general lack of support and negativity from other teachers and/or administrators.

9. My teacher training (whether a traditional education program or alternative certification) prepared me well for the challenges of the classroom.

  • A. Agree
  • B. Disagree

10. If I could change one thing about my teacher training, it would be (open ended question - representative answers below):

To have more time in the classroom, learning how to teach in real-world scenarios.

11. At first, working as a teacher was:

  • A. A difficult adjustment
  • B. Challenging, but it improved.
  • C. A mixture of good and bad days.
  • D. A natural adjustment from my teacher training program.

12. My coworkers and administrators at my first teaching job:

  • A. Served as mentors and were extremely helpful
  • B. Were mostly helpful.
  • C. Weren't particularly helpful.
  • D. Were unhelpful.

13. I chose my first teaching job based on:

  • A. The school location.
  • B. The age group I would be teaching
  • C. The support network and sense of community at the school.
  • D. The first position that was offered to me.

14. The most challenging element of teaching is:

  • A. Handling the workload.
  • B. Interacting with/teaching the students.
  • C. Planning lessons.
  • D. Working with other teachers and administrators.

15. Most of my time as a teacher is spent:

  • A. In the classroom with my students.
  • B. Completing grading/paperwork.
  • C. Planning lessons.
  • D. In meetings with coworkers and administrators.

16. Most of the time, I am able to leave work at work.

  • A. Agree
  • B. Disagree

17. The number of students I have in a classroom is:

  • A. 9 or fewer.
  • B. 10 to 15.
  • C. 16 to 25.
  • D. 26 or more.

18. My students are (open ended question - representative answers below):

Great in general.

19. My day-to-day workload:

  • A. Is appropriate and matches my training.
  • B. Does not match my training.
  • C. Is overwhelming sometimes but mostly manageable.
  • D. Is completely overwhelming.

20. In general, I work:

  • A. 40 or fewer hours per week.
  • B. 50 or fewer hours per week.
  • C. 60 or fewer hours per week.
  • D. More than 60 hours per week

21. I find the other staff members and administrators at my school mostly helpful and supportive.

  • A. Agree
  • B. Disagree

22. The one thing I wish I could change about teaching is (open ended question - representative answers below):

The perception of the field and the lack of respect for the profession from administrators and legislators.

23. I use technology as part of my job:

  • A. All of the time.
  • B. Most of the time.
  • C. Occasionally.
  • D. Rarely.

24. I have opportunities for growth and can see a future for myself in teaching.

  • A. Agree
  • B. Disagree

25. For my position, advanced degrees are:

  • A. Necessary.
  • B. Preferred.
  • C. Not necessary.

26. Overall, teaching is (open ended question - representative answers below):

A wonderful and rewarding profession.

Avoiding teacher burnout

Are You Suffering From Teacher Burnout?

Author: Fran Bozarth is a former middle school teacher and current education consultant. She runs the Institute for Educator Wellness, a website and blog specializing in the topics of teacher well-being and attrition.

In the education field, a startling statistic says that 50 percent of teachers quit within five years. The pressures of teaching can be tough to handle from time to time, but by monitoring your well-being and keeping an eye on the risk factors involved in burning out, you'll be able to make teaching your long-term career.

Take our teacher burnout assessment, and see if you're at risk for burning out, and what you can do if you are.

1. Outside of your teaching assignment, how many of the following work-related activities are you involved in?
  • taking a class or seminar
  • committee participation
  • coaching
  • advising a club
  • supervise a student teacher
  • union representative
  • extra duties outside of what everyone else is expected to do
A.No additional work-related activities.

Neutral risk of burnout. It's rare that teachers have NO outside, work-related activities. If you are a new teacher, the classroom is enough to manage. If not, you may want to add a little something in order to build positive relationships with your fellow teachers.

B.1-2 additional work-related activities.

Burnout unlikely. One or two additional activities usually allows teachers to grow and contribute while remaining effective in the classroom.

C.3+ additional work-related activities

A sign of burnout. Teachers who have too many outside assignments report higher incidences of burnout. If this is you, prioritize and learn to say, "no."

2. Which of the below most closely resembles your social life?
A.Most or all of my friends work in my school setting.

On the road to burnout. It's important for you to have more to your identity than, "being a teacher." Broaden your social circle.

B.Some of my friends work in my school setting; some work in other fields.

Burnout unlikely. This is a nice healthy balance! Having a life outside of school keeps you resilient.

C.My co-workers are strictly professional relationships for me.

A sign of burnout. Isolation is one of the most cited factors for burnout. Connections are important! Develop at least one positive personal relationship at school.

3. At the end of the school day, you are most likely to:
A.Change into some exercise gear and go for a run, take a walk or attend a fitness class - maybe with a friend.

Burnout unlikely. Excellent choice! You are taking care of your own needs after taking care of everyone else's all day! This will keep you resilient.

B.Go home and have some quiet time alone.

Neutral risk of burnout. Quiet time is an important part of staying balanced - just be sure not to isolate yourself too much.

C.Meet up with other people for a drink and to vent about the day.

A sign of burnout. Substance abuse is a contributing factor in teacher burnout. An occasional drink is one thing, but if you are doing this more than two times per week, you need to find a healthier way to decompress after the school day.

D.Spend more than two evenings per week on planning, grading, or other school-related work.

On the road to burnout. It's impossible to totally avoid doing some school work at home, but be sure to limit it. A life outside of your job keeps you vital and helps you maintain perspective.

4. The teacher's lounge in your school is frequently the scene of complaining and negativity. In response, you choose to:
A.Keep dining in the teacher's lounge, and let the negativity roll off your back. After all, you need to fit in with your co-workers, and you are tough enough to withstand the negative banter.

A sign of burnout. A negative environment affects everyone in it, even bystanders. Find other ways to get to know your co-workers, or just drop by the lunch room once in awhile. Nobody is impervious to negativity.

B.Find a quiet place to eat lunch on your own, then step outside for a quick walk.

Neutral risk of burnout. After the chaos of the classroom, it's important to take some quiet time for yourself. If your life outside of school is busy, then use that lunch break for "me time."

C.Have lunch with the students; you prefer their company.

On the road to burnout. Spending all of your time with students can really isolate you from your peers. Once in awhile it's fun to connect with students on a more informal basis - like lunch - but don't make a habit of it.

D.Seek out another teacher who is not dining in the teacher's lounge, and invite him or her to have lunch with you.

Burnout unlikely. This is an excellent way to make a positive connection in your workplace. If there is another person not eating in the lunch room, odds are that they don't care for the negativity either.

5. The alarm goes off in the morning, and it's time to get up for work. Your first thought is:
A."I can hardly wait to get to school and see what the day brings!"

Burnout unlikely. This is a sure sign of resilience. You are in good shape! Mind your self-care, and keep yourself in this "good space."

B."How many days until Friday?"

Neutral risk of burnout. You might be getting a little bit run down. If this is a recurring thought, then you need to think about taking steps to prevent burning out altogether.

C."I wish I was doing something else. I think I'm coming down with something again."

On the road to burnout. Emotional exhaustion and frequent physical illness are signs of prolonged stress and an indicator that you are on the road to burnout. Make yourself a greater priority.

D."If I didn't need the paycheck, I wouldn't go to this job at all."

A sign of burnout. Teaching is not a job you can just do for the paycheck. Seek help from a career coach, counselor or other professional. It's time to reassess your current situation.


Burnout is a process. Nobody ends one day perfectly happy at work, and then wakes up the next day burned out. It happens over time.

The Burnout Process:

  • 1. Physical, mental and emotional exhaustion
  • 2. Shame, self-doubt, loss of confidence
  • 3. Cynicism and callousness
  • 4. Crisis (this is the part where you quit your job or take some other drastic action)

Remember to self-assess from time to time. Being attentive to problems early on can help you avoid burnout and keep your passion for teaching alive for a very long time.

How to Become a Teacher...No Matter Where You Are Starting

Bachelor's Degrees in Education

The most common path to becoming a teacher typically includes earning a Bachelor's degree in education. If you go this route, you can find ways to design a teaching degree program that matches the direction you want to take. Whether you want to work with preschool, elementary, middle school or older students, most states offer accredited teaching degrees for students across the spectrum of education. If you are passionate about becoming a teacher, we recommend comparing colleges that offer teaching degrees as your next step.

Even though you may have many options for becoming a teacher, the major, concentration and specialization you choose with your bachelors program can be diverse. It's good to start simple. Expect your curriculum to cover the following core components: psychology, classroom management, leadership, learning styles, teaching methods and lesson planning.

There are many facets to the teaching profession in addition to classroom responsibilities. When figuring out how to become a teacher, be sure you find a curriculum that covers working with administrators and parents as well as legislative updates to education and education standards in your specific state.

Alternative Teacher Certification

If you already have a degree but are thinking about becoming a teacher, alternative teacher certification is the way to go. All kinds of professionals, from law enforcement officers to social workers and marketers, decide at some point that they want to go back to school to become a teacher.

Teaching can offer a change of pace or a more structured schedule for some people. Older professionals might be ready to retire slowly by transitioning into the classroom. Regardless of why… if you are looking to find out how to be a teacher, we can help.

Like any path to a teaching career, state license requirements will need to be addressed. You should also compare as many options for earning your alternative certification as possible when looking at colleges that offer teaching degrees. Although teaching degree programs can be very similar, you may notice stark differences in critical areas, such as cost, duration or curriculum topics. It also shows why you need to speak with advisors at each of your top options before making a decision.

What Do You Major in To Become A Teacher?

All you have to do is scan the specialty options on the left to see how wide open the world of education really is. Teachers who already have their Bachelor's teaching degree can pursue graduate level degrees, certificates, and specialist options. There are programs that cover all age levels, as well as a broad range of subjects, including math, music, and history.

Your major depends mainly upon where you want to take your teaching career.

Not only can you train to be at the head of the classroom, but you can also put your interest in psychology to work as a counselor role. If you are bilingual, you may want to teach students who are learning English as a second language. The point that there are interesting positions for your interests, so consider areas where you can shine.

When choosing the kind of teaching degree that is right for you, go on a path that reflects your personality and interests. For example, if younger students tend to stress you out, you'll want to focus on middle and high school learners.

If you want a lucrative teaching position, you may find the states that pay teachers the highest wages or find a role in teaching secondary school. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, secondary school teachers made the highest annual wage at $57,200, with middle school teachers falling just behind at $55,860 per year.

Teaching is a career that requires dedication and passion. That's why you need to carefully consider your many options. If you are ready to enter the world of education, contact the schools for teaching degrees listed on our site.

Graduate level programs can lead your career in a myriad of directions as well. Masters programs can position you as a leader in your school district. With an education specialist program, you can administer training to adult professionals in the world of business and other industries. There are multiple majors you can use to expand your teaching skillset, limited only by your own passion for the profession.

Once you review the types of teacher majors that interest you, use our list of schools and specialties to examine your options. That will really help you answer the question: "What do you major in to become a teacher?"

Guidelines for Colleges That Offer Teaching Degrees

Let's take a look at the top factors that should weigh in your decision when choosing where to get your teaching degree

State requirements. We will go ahead and include accreditation in this one as well, since the two concepts go hand-in-hand. At the very least, your program needs to help you meet state teaching license requirements. That's why this is the baseline, and the first thing to ask about when you talk to schools.

Degree options. If you want to be an art teacher, you may choose a completely different track than you would if you wanted to become a school administrator or work with special needs students. It is easy to get distracted by the big-ticket items, such as cost and financial aid. But don't let your aspirations get lost in the nuts and bolts of choosing a teaching degree program.

Student teaching opportunities. Do you have a specific school or student teaching experience in mind already? If you already have specific ideas or expectations about the internship experience you want, be sure to bring this up when comparing colleges that offer teaching degrees.

The extras. Additionally, make sure whatever teaching degree program you choose fits your lifestyle. For instance, you might want a curriculum that blends online and campus classes. Or, you might want to take a completely online teaching program, and then pursue an internship towards the end. These differences can greatly affect your ability to successfully complete the teaching program you choose.

Regardless of where you are starting, if you are ready to become a teacher, we can help get you where you want to go. Use the resources on EducationDegree.com to find and contact schools, learn more about teaching as a career and stay up to date on your state's requirements.