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.
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
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Adult Literacy and High School Equivalency Diploma Teachers was $54,350 in 2019
while Postsecondary Teachers earned a median salary of $79,540 in 2019.1
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.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Adult Literacy and High School Equivalency Diploma Teachers,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/adult-literacy-and-ged-teachers.htm (visited July 1, 2020).