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Elementary educators are expected to have a little bit of knowledge in every subject area in order to provide a broad education to their students. Secondary educators, however, focus on a specific discipline such as English, math or science and are responsible for teaching only that subject to students.

Despite the fact that secondary teachers only are responsible for teaching one subject, coursework for earning a degree in secondary education is quite extensive. Candidates must demonstrate mastery in their chosen subject area, as well as a variety of best practices and methods for delivery of information related to that subject, in order to earn their degree.

The minimum education required to work as a secondary education teacher is a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, teaching certification is required and the criteria for earning the certification vary by state.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for secondary education professionals will increase by 17 percent over the next decade. The average annual salary for secondary education professionals is $62,050.

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