The first level of education for teachers is to obtain a bachelor's degree in education, with emphasis in the area of education desired to specialize; such as early education, history, or even marketing. A bachelor's degree is the standard level of education necessary to be a teacher for almost every educational facility in the United States.
A student graduating from college with a bachelor's degree looking to be a teacher can expect to earn, on average, anywhere from $20,000 to $30,000 per year. Although this can be a great starting salary, many teachers continue their education by obtaining more college credits for a master's degree.
Bachelor's Degree +15 Credits
The next degree a teacher can earn for salary advancement is a master's degree; however, this degree usually takes around four years to complete, while teaching full-time and going to school part-time. Once half of the master's program is completed, 15 credits; the teacher will be rewarded the next salary advancement.
Once a bachelor's degree plus 15 credits is reached, the teacher can expect to earn a salary anywhere from $35,000 to $45,000 per year. This can be a very comfortable salary for many individuals; however, the teachers with a bachelor's degree plus 15 credits are only halfway done with their master's degree programs.