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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.

Majoring in education

I wrote last month about my surprise at learning that only about half of teachers were education majors. Dan Goldhaber sent me a note pointing out that a number of states encourage potential teachers to do an “academic” major, and … Continue reading

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  1. @MrPABruno says:

    Given how many subjects elementary teaches have to teach, not sure an academic concentration in college would help. http://t.co/fhQMUqsyns

  2. @ProfitOfEd says:

    Majoring in education: I wrote last month about my surprise at learning that only about half of teachers were ed… http://t.co/uBF7BktABD

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Another look at salaries of education majors

The Baccalaureate and Beyond survey checked on 2012 salaries of students who graduated college in 2007-08. I’ve made a little graph comparing median salaries of education majors with others. Just one more way of seeing that going into education ain’t financially … Continue reading

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Were teachers education majors?

What fraction of teachers were undergraduate education majors? I’d assumed that the answer was most, but not all. The Baccalaureate and Beyond data lets us look at students who graduated college in 2007-2008 and who were preK-12 teachers in 2012. … Continue reading

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Pay for ed majors

Let me recommend Alexander Russo’s blog to everyone interested in education in general and following media coverage of education in particular. Russo offered a recent post covering Brookings’ estimates of pay by college major. Here’s a little chart from Brookings that’s … Continue reading

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Trends in BAs in education

NPR’s Planet Money team has a really cool graph showing trends in college majors. Here are the numbers I’ve extracted for education majors. Between the 1970s and the mid-1980’s the fraction of undergraduates doing Ed majors plummeted. That was a long … Continue reading

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  1. Ed says:

    Oh, and the big drop off that happened in the 1970s was probably driven by the opening of a wider number of careers to women.

  2. Ed says:

    Actually, I think a good part of this trend was driven by policy changes and reforms to teacher prep. In the 1980s, many states increased content requirements for teachers, and states and districts increasingly pushed for teachers to have content area majors (especially for secondary teaching) rather than bachelors in education. The masters in teaching or a 5th year post-baccalaurate program became a more common route. The reforms ushered in by the Holmes Group in the mid 80s really emphasized the importance of teachers having mastery of content as a foundation. And the rise of Teach for America and alternative certification programs in the past 2 decades have also probably contributed to some decline in people majoring in education.

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