Become a Teacher in Alaska
Future Alaska Teachers: Take your excitement and drive toward your burgeoning career and give it direction. So many young or beginning teachers unnecessarily lose the motivation and hope they were initially driven by. We see this most often in education simply because it is so sad and unfortunate that those within the field of education find themselves giving up on their hope for change. However, this does not have to be their fate. Obviously there are still many who stick it out and finish their careers strongly. The difference between these two types of people is a combination of realizing in what direction they should direct their energies, realizing their own value and demanding recognition for their efforts. One such avenue that is a must for our new generation of teachers is a higher level of education. A Master's degree or PhD give new teachers two important tools: one, the education to help them understand what steps need to be taken in order to be successful teachers, and two, the increased salary that allows hardworking people to feel their efforts are appreciated.
Current Alaska Teachers and Administrators: You are the heart and soul of public education in Alaska. In a state that has decided to drastically underfund education, leadership is mandatory for establishing an environment fertile for change. Motivated and enlightened teachers and administrators need to shove themselves into positions of authority so they can spread their knowledge and direct future efforts of reform. First, these educators must further their own education to give their words weight and their careers mobility. So motivate, earn your Master's degree, PhD and Administrative Credentials. Take the first step in making your educational career successful.
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"I decided to go to graduate school and earn my Master of Arts in Education because I am inspired by new knowledge. I feel in order to perform my job to the best of my ability, I need to keep up with current practices and trends in the field of education."
- Sara Marvez -- 6th grade science teacher
"Gaining my Master's degree has earned me respect from administrators and colleagues. Also, my salary has benefited greatly. The cost of graduate school was paid off in only a couple years."
- Thomas Bjornson -- high school English teacher
"Postgraduate study was a personal goal of mine, and completing my Master's degree has given me a great sense of personal satisfaction. It has also increased my efficiency in the classroom and my marketability in the job market."
- Janet O'Reilly -- 8th grade social studies teacher
"I found my online courses efficient and friendly. I had a desire to go to graduate school, but I didn't want to go through the nonsense of another undergraduate degree, bumping shoulders with students a third my age who have very little understanding of real life or the benefits of real knowledge. A friend recommended online education and I haven't looked back since.
At the age of 53, I love my job more than ever. I get so much satisfaction knowing that many of my students respect me for what I do as a teacher.
I am able to face any sort of situation that arises in my classroom with complete confidence."
- Jonathan Lloyd -- high school chemistry teacher
Average Beginning Teacher Salary: $31,753 Average Teacher Salary: $47,602 Average Administrator Salary: $77,740 Elementary School Principals: $82,414 Middle School Principals: $87,866 High School Principals: $92,965
On average, teachers with masters degrees will earn $8,000 to $10,000 more each year than those with only a bachelors degree.
Consequently, in order to attain a position as an administrator, a masters, PhD or Ed D. is required.
On average, Administrators will earn around $30,000 more each year than their hard working, teacher cohorts!
* BLS Statistics