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The Education Associate of Arts Degree is designed to provide students a course of study that will prepare them for employment as qualified paraprofessionals or for transfer to a four-year university to complete a baccalaureate degree in Education. In a manner consistent with the mission of the college, students are provided with a foundation of core liberal arts and education courses as well as sufficient electives to meet individual career and transfer paths.
Employment of school teachers is “projected to grow 6% from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations”, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
A substantial number of older teachers are expected to reach retirement age between 2014 and 2024. Their retirement will increase the need to replace workers who leave the occupation. Opportunities will vary by region and school settings. There will be better opportunities in urban and rural school districts than in suburban school districts.
According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, May 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wages Estimates, the following are the national median salaries. Starting salaries will generally be less than median salaries. Some positions may require a bachelor’s degree.
|High School Teacher||$57,200|
|Kindergarten and Elementary School Teacher||$54,550|
|Middle School Teacher||$55,860|
|Secondary Education Teacher||$56,800|
“The education program at BMCC has a curriculum that incorporates wellbeing, promotes creativity, fosters learning and enhances academic achievement for those who are considering a teaching degree or any job opportunity in a school environment. It encouraged a social bond between myself and the other classmates entering my cohort, as well as the professors I worked with throughout my two years in the program. I loved the positive energy and extensive amount of experience my instructors brought to the table. I strongly urge anyone with even the slightest interest in working in the education field to check out what BMCC has to offer!”
-- Katie Corbiere, Financial Aid Specialist, Bay Mills Community College