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Online Colleges for Teaching K-12

Whether you are a math teacher, a science teacher, or an art teacher, or even instruct in another subject, you can work in a variety of settings when it comes to teaching. There are public schools, charter schools and private schools as well as parochial schools, online schools and bilingual schools that all have a need for teachers. There is not one-size-fits-all when it comes to school types, and the staff that you work with and the district and state that you work in can have a lot to do with your teaching experience.

Online Education Programs for Teaching K-12

K-12 teachers need to pursue the academic training necessary to teach either in elementary or secondary schools. For this reason, teachers usually work toward an elementary or secondary education degree at the bachelor's level. For those who are interested in pursuing a teaching career after having completed a four-year degree in a different subject, graduate-level programs are commonly available. Online K-12 education programs also provide opportunities. Some of the programs currently available online include the Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education, the Bachelor's of Arts in Early Childhood Education and the Bachelor's of Arts in Mathematics. There are also a number of other programs available online, many of which are related to infant and toddler care, early childhood education and English literacy. When you are done with your degree, you will also need to obtain a teaching license for the state in which you plan to work. See online colleges for education for more degree options.

Pay varies depending on the school district and state in which you work, as well as time on the job, and any advanced credentials that you may have. However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that most teachers earned mean annual wages exceeding $50,000. Specifically, as of May 2014, these were: $53,480 for kindergarten teachers; $56,830 for elementary-school teachers; $57,620 for middle-school teachers and $59,330 for high school teachers. Growth at all of these teaching levels is predicted to be as fast as average for 2012-2022, except for high school teacher occupations, which are expected to see slower than average growth, according to the BLS. Actually, the fastest-growing field, at 13 percent, is for kindergarten teachers, with an expected 188,400 new openings during the years 2012-2022.


Why Go to an Online College for Teaching K-12

Students have many reasons for wanting get their degree in K-12 education online. Below is one student's story as to why they want to teach elementary students and how online classes are helping to achieve that dream.

"I want to pursue a career teaching elementary school kids (Grades K-6) because that is where learning and building good habits is most pivotal. A good foundation will enable children to succeed in the future. I am pursuing an education in teaching because I know I have the natural ability to teach others important lifelong skills.

I had caring teachers when I was in grade school. I was in foster care when I was younger, so being at school learning was the only time I had a 'normal' life. I would learn with all the other kids, play sports and make friends. It was my daily escape from my foster home where I felt trapped and isolated from everyone else. I saw school as a way to improve myself because my teachers only wanted what was best for my future and me. I want to give back so that I may influence others just as my teachers have impacted me.

With the funds I will invest it towards my Master's in Teaching at CSU, Fullerton in California. I am currently taking online classes to prepare me for a career in teaching at Coastline Community College. It works well with my full-time work schedule. Ultimately I will aim to become a principal or superintendent so that I can implement best practices in all classrooms so that all children have the equal resources and people to succeed. At the end of the day, I want to give kids a safe place to go and grow."

- Alex (California)


 Sources:

  1. Elementary School Teachers, Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2014. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252021.htm
  2. High School Teachers, Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2014. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252031.htm
  3. High School Teachers, Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Jan. 8, 2014. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/high-school-teachers.htm#tab-1
  4. Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers, Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Jan. 8, 2014. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/kindergarten-and-elementary-school-teachers.htm#tab-6
  5. Kindergarten Teachers, Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2014. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252012.htm
  6. Middle School Teachers, Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2014. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252022.htm
  7. Middle School Teachers, Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Jan. 8, 2014. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/middle-school-teachers.htm

 

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