The Education and Training cluster is about planning, managing and providing education and training services and related learning support services. With an emphasis on improving education services, this cluster holds many career opportunities. With a greater need to reach children with learning differences, obtaining specialization in special education will help distinguish you in the marketplace. Demand is highest for special education and ESL (English as a second language) teachers.
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: 2010-2020
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that the Education and Training career cluster will add about 1.5 million new jobs nationwide between 2010 and 2020. The cluster had about 10 million workers in 2010 and is expected to grow to over 11.5 million. Overall, this cluster is expected to have an employment growth rate of almost 16 percent, which is about average compared to other clusters and the national average of 14%.
The report Employment Projections for Education and Training, 2010-2020 includes data on occupations growing faster that the nation average, pathways employment overview, occupations with the most job openings, and employment projections.
What They Make...
Occupations in this cluster and what they make in Virginia
|Occupation||Employed in VA||Typical salary1||Typical entry-level Education|
|Adult and GED teachers||2,750||$27K–$82K||Bachelor's degree|
|Childcare workers||16,900||$16K–$30K||High school diploma|
|Coaches and scouts||6,190||$17K–$66K||High school diploma|
|CTE teachers, secondary school||3,620||$38K–$81K||Bachelor's degree|
|Education administrators, K-12||6,560||$59K–$131K||Master's degree|
|Education administrators, postsecondary||2,490||$49K–$168K||Master's degree|
|Education administrators, preschool||930||$28K–$84K||Bachelor's degree|
|Elementary school teachers||36,220||$36K–$83K||Bachelor's degree|
|Fitness trainers, aerobics instructors||7,750||$18K–$67K||High school diploma|
|Middle school teachers||16,610||$37K–$82K||Bachelor's degree|
|Preschool teachers||8,700||$18K–$49K||Associate's degree|
|Secondary school teachers||23,640||$37K–$96K||Bachelor's degree|
|Special education teachers||14,820||$36K–$90K||Bachelor's degree|
|Teacher assistants||30,270||$17K–$37K||High school diploma|
110th to 90th percentile
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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.
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? - 2014 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.