Why Teach?

The challenge of bringing America's educational system into a higher level of international stature means that tomorrow's teachers must come from the ranks of the best and the brightest.

There are wonderful opportunities today for the teachers of tomorrow. In certain fields, there are already teacher shortages. In other fields, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for teachers is projected to grow over the next several years by anywhere from 6% to 17%, depending on the field.

A Lifetime of Learning and Growing

A good teacher never stops learning and never stops growing. Innovations in technology and communication are changing education in ways that stretch our imagination. And at Fisher's Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education, we are committed to working hard to stretch your imagination.

As a teacher, you will be a highly-trained, forward-thinking professional. Entering the teaching profession today will set you on a path of discovery as we all work together to create a future educational system that will be different from what we see today.

A Fulfilling Life of Service

The fulfillment that comes from working with children and young people is beyond compare. The impact you will have on your community will be immeasurable, and there are very few professions that have that reward.

If you seek to make a difference, education is a field to pursue.

Teaching by the Numbers

Job Prospects for Teachers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for new teachers is favorable. Between 2012 and 2022, the following increases in job prospects are projected:

  • Preschool teacher - 17%
  • Elementary school teacher - 12%
  • High school teacher - 6%
  • Special Education Teacher - 6%

Average Starting Salary

According to a National Education Association (NEA) survey of teacher salaries, the average starting salary for teachers in New York State in 2013 was $43,839, which is higher than the national average starting salary for many popular fields according to a 2013-14 PayScale College Salary Report.