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Survey of Undergraduates: Interest in Coursework & Careers in Primary, Secondary & Higher Education Administration

Survey of Undergraduates: Interest in Coursework & Careers in Primary, Secondary & Higher Education Administration

Breakdown by academic factors and career plans

Groups more likely to be interested or highly interested include: respondents with the lowest ACT/SAT scores (27.27%) and second-lowest ACT/SAT scores (22.86%); respondents pretty sure (22.11%) or completely sure (26.62%) of their post-college plans; and respondents majoring in fine or performing arts (32.03%) or philosophy, history, English, classics, or languages (45.07%). Groups less likely to be interested or highly interested include: respondents with the highest (18.37%) and second-highest (16.58%) ACT/SAT scores; respondents not too sure of their post-college plans (12.69%) or leaning in a direction (14.72%); and respondents majoring in business, economics, or finance (6.70%); biology, physics, chemistry, pre-med, or nursing (12.25%); and engineering, mathematics, or computer science (10.76%).


This report measures the level of interest of undergraduates at 4-year college in the United States in coursework and careers in educational administration at all levels, with data broken out separately for higher education and K-12 education. The report also presents data on the overall level of interest in general undergraduate and graduate study in education, allowing the study’s end users to specify interest in administration in the general population of students, and in the population of students with an interest in any aspect of teaching or education.Data in the report is based on a representative sample of 1,566 full time undergraduates from BA, MA and Research level institutions in the USA. Data is presented in the aggregate and also for a broad range of criteria including but not limited to survey participant age, major or intended major, SAT/ACT scores, college grades, gender, income level of family of origin, geographic origins, employment situation, year of class standing, sexual orientation, political views, personal level of religiosity and many other variables. A detailed description of the sample breakdown by these criteria is also available in the study.

Table 1.1 How likely are you to apply to a graduate school of education at some point in the future?
Table 1.2 How likely are you to apply to a graduate school of education at some point in the future? Broken out by age of survey participant
Table 1.3 How likely are you to apply to a graduate school of education at some point in the future? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin
Table 1.4 How likely are you to apply to a graduate school of education at some point in the future? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant
Table 1.5 How likely are you to apply to a graduate school of education at some point in the future? Broken out by college year class standing

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