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Master's in Secondary Education Career Outlook

Employability is one of the first concerns when considering career advancement. Research has shown teachers with master’s degrees have been found to be more effective and their students more successful than those with just a bachelor’s degree.1 The job market for teachers in America’s middle and high schools is set to reward those who seek higher education and certifications specific to this critically important segment of the educational spectrum.

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Secondary Education Sectors

  • Middle School Education
  • High School Education
  • Gifted Resource Education
  • Alternative Education
  • Education Administration
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Secondary Education Salaries

  • Middle School Teachers, $55,8602
  • High School Teachers, $57,2003

Competition for jobs at this level of education is currently fierce, making a secondary education certification essential for ongoing career stability or the pursuit of new teaching opportunities. Compensation is usually based on years of experience and educational level. Salaries and benefits can also vary at public and private schools. Those who hold advanced credentials will be ready to take advantage of the bustling job market and quickly build the educational career of their dreams.

Secondary education is one of the most challenging yet rewarding jobs out there. The job of high school teacher was named number one in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 rankings for Best Education Jobs. This career is also ranked above average for flexibility, specifically in the areas of alternative working schedules and work-life balance.4

Strong Job Growth

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment among America’s middle school teachers to grow about 6 percent from 2014 to 2024. That’s about average for what the government predicts for most other employment categories, making a master’s degree even more important to distinguish yourself on the job market or to position yourself for salary increases and job stability.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, professionals with master’s degrees enjoy a higher average salary and lower unemployment rate than their counterparts with only bachelor’s degrees. Teachers who earn a graduate education degree put themselves on track to enter into higher paying leadership positions and jobs in education administration.

The online Master of Science in Education - Secondary Education from Saint Joseph’s University can make this all possible with its combination of an advanced, researched-based master’s degree and a career-building Online Accelerated Teaching Certification – both specific to young adult education for grades 7-12.

To learn more about the online Master of Science in Education - Secondary Education and Accelerated Teaching Certification program from Saint Joseph’s University and what it can do for your career, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with a Program Manager or request more information below.

1http://www.facethefactsusa.org/facts/private-or-public-schools-whos-ahead-by-degrees
2https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/middle-school-teachers.htm#tab-6
3https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/high-school-teachers.htm#tab-6
4http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/high-school-teacher

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