This is a post sponsored by Southeastern University. All opinions are our own.
For most teachers, the question isn’t whether or not to teach, but it may likely be WHERE to teach. Most of us go into education because we feel passionate about children and student learning, but we also have to consider our family, lifestyle and choices. If where you will teach is, in fact, a choice…then looking at states that provide some better options with regards to salary and cost-of-living can be helpful.
Many of our followers are students who will soon be looking for employment, while others might be getting ready to relocate for a number of reasons. If you are either of those, you might be interested in an article recently published by Southeastern University in Florida - The Best States to Teach in America. And even if you aren’t currently entertaining the prospect of a move you might find the information presented in this article informative, if not truly enlightening. We certainly did.
The article focuses on teacher salaries, tenure protections, cost-of-living and more as it evaluates which states might be worth a look when searching for job opportunities in the field of education. One of our favorite features of this article is an infographic of the United States where you can hover over each state to see information corresponding to salary, tenure and cost-of-living. For example here is Indiana (our home state):
Some other highlights from the article include these:
- Pennsylvania and Wyoming lead the nation as two of the top states to teach in America.
- Other states that offer a strong value for teachers include Indiana, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan and Ohio. (Cathy and I KNEW we were in Indiana for a good reason, because it sure isn’t the weather!)
- When looking for a job, if a specific region of the United States appeals to you or your lifestyle, there are comparisons within those regions that may help you to narrow your choice. You will find some of these comparisons in the article.
And if you’re hoping to move to a state where the weather is a little more appealing year-round, Florida (home of Southeastern University where this article was published) is also very promising for teachers. In addition to offering competitive salaries in most counties, it rates in the middle of the country for cost-of-living factors and in 2014 was ranked 7th in the nation (by Education Week) for academic achievement and commitment to improving educational practices and policies.
Finally, the article emphasizes two important factors that influence earning potential – advancing your education and adding specializations to your degree. SEU offers quite a few online education degrees that cover some of the specializations that are currently in demand in the United States and is certainly something to consider in helping to improve salary and mobility prospects. Take a look below at what they currently offer online and check them out HERE.
- M.Ed. in Arts and Academic Interdisciplinary Education
- M.Ed. in Elementary Education
- M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
- M.Ed. in Exceptional Student Education
- M.Ed. in Reading Education
- M.Ed. in TESOL
- Doctor of Education
Of course we all know that you can’t put a fair price on what we truly do for a living. It’s so much more than just imparting wisdom and knowledge. It is an incredibly important and all-encompassing kind of a job. We are helping to shape tomorrow’s citizens, workers, contributors and leaders. Most of us do what we do because we love it and believe it is a noble and worthwhile calling, not because of the money. But it certainly never hurts to weigh options because the truth of the matter is we have to be able to live comfortably, take care of ourselves and our families and attempt to enjoy life.
Take a look at the article to see where your state or region ranks when looking at all of the factors involved in earning a living as a teacher. It’s so very interesting…and might just make you consider a move in the future!
Here is another direct link to the article: The Best States to Teach in America