Percentage of teachers holding a bachelor's degree, master's degree, or higher.
The numeral within the circle is the total teachers (FTE) in the state. The colored sections display the percentage of teachers who hold a bachelor's degree or master's degree. The master's degree category includes teachers with additional credit hours toward a doctoral degree, and those teachers who have earned a doctorate. The percentages are listed in the color key or you can hover over any section of the colored ring to view this number.
Click 5 Years Trend or 10 Years Trend to see long term data.
Note: FTE = Full Time Equivalent
Those interested in becoming a teacher in Illinois must complete an approved teacher education program at an accredited institution. Elementary school teachers must hold a bachelor’s degree in elementary education while high school teachers need a bachelor’s degree in a secondary subject area such as mathematics, science, or English. Some districts may require a master's degree for certain positions.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES, 2010), the number of teachers in the United States who hold a master’s degree has almost doubled over the past 50 years, with half of all teachers in the United States currently holding master’s degrees. Across the nation, school districts offer monetary rewards to those teachers who hold advanced degrees, with the increase in salary averaging 11% (National Council on Teacher Quaility,2010).