Teaching: Myths vs. Facts

Despite there being 7.2 million teachers in the US, many commmon misconceptions still exist about teaching as a profession. Get the facts for yourself (and to share with others)!

Teacher Salary

Myth: Teachers aren't paid very well.
Reality: Starting salaries are competitive, with clear advancement paths.

A teacher's salary is determined by two factors: the number of years they have been teaching, and what level of education they have completed. There is often a significant pay raise that comes with having completed a master's degree, so the sooner it can be finished, the quicker you can move up the pay scale! There are also opportunities for advancement into administrative roles, such as becoming a principal or superintendent.

Minnesota teachers tend to make more than the national average. Explore more specific information about wages and job outlooks on iSeek Careers, with information about elementary, middle, and high school teachers, as well as early childhood educators and special education teachers.

Job Security and Tenure

Myth: I won't be able to get a job, or I won't be able to keep a job long enough to gain tenure in a district.
Reality: University of Minnesota students are sought after by districts for their training and expertise.

The field of teaching can definitely be competitive, but the competition for job security in education is not altogether different from other fields. Consider this: according to the Bush Foundation, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota are together, predicting a major teacher shortage in the next ten years. Current teacher training programs are not producing enough graduates to meet the anticipated demand. Additionally, certain types of teachers, such as STEM, special education, and agricultural education are particularly needed. CEHD Career Services offers great tips for increasing your marketability as a teacher (no matter which area you're pursuing).

Transferring your Minnesota Teacher License

Myth: Your teaching license is only valid in Minnesota.
Reality: Minnesota-licensed teachers can easily gain their teaching license in other states or countries with no or minimal additional coursework.

Students who complete both their license and their master's degree through the U of MN are especially competitive outside of Minnesota. The best way to learn more about state-specific teacher licensing requirements outside of Minnesota is to visit a state's department of education website.