Career Opportunities in Education

Preschool and Childcare Center Directors

Overall employment of preschool and childcare center directors is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics*.

Growth will remain steady due to the fact that early childhood education is widely recognized as important for a child’s intellectual and emotional development. The national median salary for preschool and childcare center directors is $47,940.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Preschool and Childcare Center Directors,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/preschool-and-childcare-center-directors.htm

Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers

Overall employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2018 to 2028, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics*.

Growth in the state of Kentucky is expected to be faster due to a high number of teacher retirements. The national median salary for kindergarten and elementary school teachers is $57,980.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers, 
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/kindergarten-and-elementary-school-teachers.htm

Middle School Teachers

Overall employment of middle school teachers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2018 to 2028, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics*.

Growth in the state of Kentucky is expected to be faster due to a high number of teacher retirements. The national median salary for middle school teachers is $58,600.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Middle School Teachers, 
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/middle-school-teachers.htm

High School Teachers

Overall employment of high school teachers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics*.

Growth in the state of Kentucky is expected to be faster due to a high number of teacher retirements. The national median salary for high school teachers is $60,320.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, High School Teachers, 
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/high-school-teachers.htm

Special Education Teachers

Overall employment of special education teachers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2018 to 2028, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics*.

Growth in the state of Kentucky is expected to be faster due to a high number of teacher retirements. The national median salary for special education teachers is $59,780.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Special Education Teachers, 
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/special-education-teachers.htm

Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals

Employment of elementary, middle, and high school principals is projected to grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics*.

The national median salary for elementary, middle, and high school principals is $95,310.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals, 
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/elementary-middle-and-high-school-principals.htm

Advancing in Rank

Teachers in Kentucky are held to a three tiered rank system. By completing additional education programs, teachers are able to advance their rank, leading to increased salary and promotion potential.

After completing a bachelor’s degree and earning a provisional teaching certificate, educators enter the field with Rank III eligibility.

By completing a 30 hour master’s degree, either to enhance competency in the initial teaching area or to add certification in a new area, educators are eligible to advance to Rank II.

Educators choosing to complete 30 hours above their Rank II are eligible to advance to Rank I. It is highly recommended that these 30 hours be taken as part of a second master’s program as Rank is not typically recognized outside of Kentucky. Rank I is the highest level attainable and typically carries the highest salary and promotion potential.

The Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) is responsible for conferring rank and rank changes. EKU prepares educators with the required coursework and experience but does not award initial rank or changes to rank.

Renewing or Enhancing Credentials

 If you are interested in renewing or enhancing your credentials, EKU offers a variety of options, including:

  • Online Master of Arts in Education degree options
  • Online non-degree certification options
  • Online non-degree endorsement options
  • Online Specialist in Education degree and non-degree options

The Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) is responsible for issuing and renewing certificates for all Kentucky teachers and administrators. Check their website for complete details.