The Secondary Education (Teacher Transfer) Option was established as a response to a predicted teacher shortage nationwide. This shortage is envisioned as being particularly acute among minority teachers, especially in the City of New York. The Liberal Arts Options in the Education program are also designed to respond to the shortcomings within the teaching profession itself by combining a strong Liberal Arts course of study with an early experiential component. The program provides a broad intellectual foundation and an understanding of the world we live in, its history, diversity and cultures.
High school teachers are required to have a bachelor’s degree in addition to state certification; New York City public school teachers are required to obtain a master’s degree. Private schools have various degree and certification requirements. The Liberal Arts: Secondary Education Option at LaGuardia will prepare you for continued studies to earn a four-year degree.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of secondary school teachers is expected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, and the median salary of high school teachers in 2015 was $57,200.I
[i] Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, High School Teachers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/high-school-teachers.htm(visited June 21, 2016).
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