Education & Teaching
Secondary and Higher Education

If you're passionate about teaching and want to spend your career educating, molding, and inspiring the future generations of the world, a degree in Secondary and Higher Education may be the perfect fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Secondary and Higher Education students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), master's degree (6-7 years), or doctorate degree (8+ years). Typically, two majors and degrees are required to become a higher education teacher: one in education, and one in the field of study that you wish to teach. In this field, a bachelor's degree is typically required for entry-level positions at elementary, middle, and high schools while master's and doctorate degrees are required for teaching positions at colleges and universities as well as for positions in management, administration, and/or consulting. You should also note that most states require teachers to pass a licensing examination before they can teach in public schools.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Secondary and Higher Education Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Secondary and Higher Education include:

  • Adult Literacy Teacher
  • Postsecondary Teacher
  • High School Teacher
  • High School Equivalency Diploma Teacher
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Adult Basic and Secondary Education and ESL Teachers was $54,350 in 2019 (1) while Postsecondary Teachers earned a median salary of $79,540 in 2019. (2)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.