Preparation for Teaching CareersVirginia’s Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow and Early Childhood, Education, and Services programs of study prepare high school students for teaching careers that serve individuals of all ages and across a range of content and specializations. Read more about Virginia’s Pathways to Teaching. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 259-17.
The Education and Training cluster is about using your ability to motivate and your love of people to provide education and training that reaches individuals of all ages and across a range of industries. Careers include teaching in a classroom, leading as a college president and serving in your community as a social worker.
Increased enrollment in middle schools and larger class sizes should increase employment of middle school teachers. During this time period a number of older teachers are expected to retire, which is expected to improve job prospects for younger educators. Employment also is expected to increase for preschool teachers due to higher enrollment. The increased emphasis on early childhood education is driving the demand for pre-school teachers. Job prospects should be better for teachers with a bachelor’s degree and those who have prior experience working with preschool-aged children. Sports are increasingly becoming more popular, which is generating the need for coaches and scouts. With the popularity of athletic programs in high schools and colleges, coaches will be needed to train student athletes.
Produced by: the following Loudoun County Public Schools:
Briar Woods High School, Broad Run High School, Dominion High School, Freedom High School, Heritage High School, Loudoun Valley High School, Park View High School, Potomac Falls High School, Stone Bridge High School, Tuscarora High School, and Woodgrove High School
Employment Projections: 2014-2024*
The Education & Training cluster, which employed about 225,400 Virginians in 2014, is expected to employ nearly 29,400 more over the decade, for a total of about 254,800 workers by 2024. This represents 13 percent growth in Virginia over the decade, well exceeding the anticipated national average growth of 8 percent among all occupations in this cluster, based on Trailblazers analysis of information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
*NOTE: The methodology for classifying occupations within the cluster/pathway system has been updated since the previous data cycle (2012-22), so 2014-24 Trailblazers employment projection data may not be comparable to data from previous cycles.
For more information on occupations in the Education& Training Cluster, visit Trailblazers – Career and Technical Education in Virginia(PDF).
|Selected Occupation(s)||Employed in Virginia
|2015 Median Wage||Predominant Level of Education|
|Elementary school teachers, except special education||35,071||$54,890||Bachelor's degree, certification|
|Teacher assistants||29,371||$24,900||Associate degree|
|Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical||22,889||$57,200||Bachelor's degree, certification|
|Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical||16,085||$55,860||Bachelor's degree, certification|
|Preschool teachers, except special education||8,684||$28,570||Bachelor's degree|
|Coaches and scouts||6,913||$31,000||Bachelor's degree, certification|
|School counselors||6,481||$53,660||Master’s degree|
|Education administrators, elementary and secondary school||6,481||$90,410||Bachelor's degree|
|Self-enrichment education teachers||5,790||$36,680||Bachelor's degree, certification|
Wage data: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: Virginia.
Employment projections data: Virginia Employment Commission, Virginia Occupational Employment Projections 2012-2022.
Predominant education level: Trailblazers through the Demographics and Workforce Section of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.
Career Cluster Planning
A resource for counselors, administrators, and educators
CTE Administrative Planning Guide (APG) – includes information to help local school divisions plan and schedule instructional programs. The APG is organized by career clusters, with a complete listing of courses, concentration sequences, and credentials available to students as they plan for career entry and continuing education. Users may access course information by cluster or by searching for specific courses or certifications.
Career Planning Guide – includes an easy way for students and counselors to look for courses to further career goals. One can search for occupations, browse by Career Clusters or favorite academic subjects.
Information and tips for instructional leaders, administrators, counselors and teachers/faculty for creating a career pathway academic and career plan of study.
- Education & Training Cluster Information
- Checklist for Developing Career Clusters Plans of Study (Word)
Sample Academic and Career Plans of Study
School divisions are asked to develop sample plans of study based on the courses offered within their schools, the employment needs of the region, and the post-high school educational opportunities needed for these careers. Once these sample plans are developed, they can be customized to the needs of individual students so that all students have the opportunity to have an individualized academic and career plan of study.
Sample Pathway Plans of Study for Education & Training:
- Administration & Administrative Support (Word)
- Professional Support Services (Word)
- Teaching and Training (Word)
- Blank Plan of Study (with fields) (Word)
Also see Sample Plans of Study for all clusters and pathways.
Report: Education, Employment and Earnings: Analyzing Data from Education & Training
Cluster Analysis Document for Virginia
The Career Clusters logo and its extensions are the property of the National Career Technical Foundation, as managed by NASDCTEc. Some content on this page is from the publication, R U College & Career Ready? - 2017 Edition; and is used here with permission from the Virginia Business Publications LLC and Trailblazers in the Demographics and Workforce Section of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.