Welcome to the Profit of Education website. Continuing the conversation begun in the book Profit of Education, we discuss the latest economic evidence on education reform.

Ed degrees: bachelors vs masters

A quick picture of America’s annual production of new bachelor’s and master’s degree’s in education.

ba vs masters

The first thing to notice is that we’re giving out 40 percent more degrees than we did 20 years ago. The number of students has increased something under 20 percent over the same period.

The second thing to notice is that the growth is entirely in master’s degrees. Given the scientific consensus that the average master’s degree adds nothing to teaching ability, you sort of have to wonder what’s going on. Wonder somewhat cynically, I would say.

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