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Teaching English or French

386 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
3,295 Master's Degrees Annually
#221 in Popularity
$62,030 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Teaching English or French Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many teaching English or French graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 3,304
Graduate Certificate 1,050
Basic Certificate 544
Bachelor’s Degree 386
Undergraduate Certificate 83
Doctor’s Degree 35
Associate’s Degree 5

What Teaching English or French Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, English or French majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for English or French Majors

English or French majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skills for English or French Majors

A major in English or French prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities for English or French Majors

A major in English or French will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Teaching English or French Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with English or French:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 7.4% $58,230
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 8.0% $55,470
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 7.5% $58,600
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 7.5% $60,320

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching English or French?

386 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
80% Percent Women
40% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 386 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in teaching English or French in 2019, making it rank #221 in popularity. The major attracts more women than men. About 80% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of English or French majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of English or French Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 21
Black or African American 15
Hispanic or Latino 107
White 185
International Students 29
Other Races/Ethnicities 29

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in English or French, too. About 7.5% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • Taiwan

How Much Do Teaching English or French Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that teaching English or French students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree made a median starting salary of $20,300 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $18,800 (25th percentile) and $26,200 (75th percentile).

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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in English or French, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $58,370 to $62,200 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to English or French. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with English or French may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for English or French careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.3%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 1.6%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 0.3%
Some College Courses 0.7%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.4%
Bachelor’s Degree 64.6%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 12.3%
Master’s Degree 15.7%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 1.9%
Doctoral Degree 0.9%

Online Teaching English or French Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 416 schools offered some type of teaching English or French program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 58 9
Certificate (1-2 years) 21 4
Certificate (2-4 Years) 2 0
Associate’s Degree 7 1
Bachelor’s Degree 173 48
Post-Baccalaureate 58 9
Master’s Degree 233 63
Post-Master’s 52 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 8 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Teaching English or French Worth It?

The median salary for a English or French grad is $62,030 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 55% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $442,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to English or French.

Major Number of Grads
Teacher Education Grade Specific 100,925
Educational Administration 44,381
Teacher Education Subject Specific 43,516
General Education 31,066
Special Education 30,639
Curriculum & Instruction 18,767
Student Counseling 13,679
Instructional Media Design 7,063
Other Education 5,503
Multilingual Education 1,636
Teaching Assistants 1,591
Educational Assessment 1,532
Education Philosophy 634
International Education 400

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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