Survey of Undergraduates: Interest in Coursework & Careers in Early Childhood, K-8 & Special Education

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This study presents detailed data on interest by college students in coursework and careers in early childhood, K-8 and special education.  The study presents overall data for general interest in study and careers in education and then specific data relating to interest in each of early childhood, K-8 and special education.  For each of these subject areas, the study presents 19 tables or data, exploring interest levels of full time college students. The study enables its readers to pinpoint levels of interest of men compared to women, of Southerners compared to Northerners, of public college students vs. private college and of freshmen vs senior, to name just a few of the insights offered through the study.

Data in the reports is based on a representative sample of 1,566 full time undergraduates at 4-year colleges in the United States.  The data is presented in the aggregate and broken down by 18 variables including but not limited to age, gender, year of class standing, academic major, SAT/ACT scores, college grades, expected student debt level at graduation, race, sexual orientation, region of the country and other personal and institutional variables.

Just a few of the report’s many findings are that:

  • More than 24% of full time college students in the sample over the age of 30 are interested or highly interested in pursuing a career as a teacher.
  • 12.15% of all full-time students of Hispanic descent in the sample are interested or highly interested in a career in special education.
  • More than 12% of students raised abroad are interested or highly interested in careers in early childhood education.
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1. THE QUESTIONNAIRE   

2. CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SAMPLE   

3. SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS   
How interested are you in taking courses in education at the undergraduate level?   
Breakdown by demographics   
Breakdown by socioeconomic factors   
Breakdown by academic factors and career plans   
Special education   
Breakdown by demographics   
Breakdown by socioeconomic factors   
Breakdown by academic factors and career plans   
Early childhood education   
Breakdown by demographics   
Breakdown by socioeconomic factors   
Breakdown by academic factors and career plans   
K-8 education   
Breakdown by demographics   
Breakdown by socioeconomic factors   
Breakdown by academic factors and career plans   

4. DATA AND COMMENTARY   

List of Tables
Table 1.1 How interested are you in taking courses in education at the undergraduate level?   
Table 1.2 How interested are you in taking courses in education at the undergraduate level? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 1.3 How interested are you in taking courses in education at the undergraduate level? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin   
Table 1.4 How interested are you in taking courses in education at the undergraduate level? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant   
Table 1.5 How interested are you in taking courses in education at the undergraduate level? Broken out by college year class standing   
Table 1.6 How interested are you in taking courses in education at the undergraduate level? Broken out by approximate student family annual income   
Table 1.7 How interested are you in taking courses in education at the undergraduate level? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant   
Table 1.8 How interested are you in taking courses in education at the undergraduate level? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant   
Table 1.9 How interested are you in taking courses in education at the undergraduate level? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant   
Table 1.10 How interested are you in taking courses in education at the undergraduate level? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant   
Table 1.11 How interested are you in taking courses in education at the undergraduate level? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 1.12 How interested are you in taking courses in education at the undergraduate level? Broken out for students in public or private colleges   
Table 1.13 How interested are you in taking courses in education at the undergraduate level? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant   
Table 1.14 How interested are you in taking courses in education at the undergraduate level? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant   
Table 1.15 How interested are you in taking courses in education at the undergraduate level? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant   
Table 1.16 How interested are you in taking courses in education at the undergraduate level? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant   
Table 1.17 How interested are you in taking courses in education at the undergraduate level? Broken out by which phrase best describes your racial or ethnic identity?   
Table 1.18 How interested are you in taking courses in education at the undergraduate level? Broken out by what do you expect will be your total accumulated student loan debt when you graduate your undergraduate institution?   
Table 1.19 How interested are you in taking courses in education at the undergraduate level? Broken out by roughly about how sure of yourself are you of your post-college education or work plans?   
Table 2.1 Rate your level of interest in special education   
Table 2.2 Rate your level of interest in special education Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 2.3 Rate your level of interest in special education Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin   
Table 2.4 Rate your level of interest in special education Broken out regional origins of the survey participant   
Table 2.5 Rate your level of interest in special education Broken out by college year class standing   
Table 2.6 Rate your level of interest in special education. Broken out by approximate student family annual income   
Table 2.7 Rate your level of interest in special education. Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant   
Table 2.8 Rate your level of interest in special education. Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant   
Table 2.9 Rate your level of interest in special education Broken out by college grades of the survey participant   
Table 2.10 Rate your level of interest in special education Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant   
Table 2.11 Rate your level of interest in special education. Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 2.12 Rate your level of interest in special education Broken out for students in public or private colleges   
Table 2.13 Rate your level of interest in special education Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant   
Table 2.14 Rate your level of interest in special education Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant   
Table 2.15 Rate your level of interest in special education Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant   
Table 2.16 Rate your level of interest in special education Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant   
Table 2.17 Rate your level of interest in special education Broken out by which phrase best describes your racial or ethnic identity?   
Table 2.18 Rate your level of interest in special education Broken out by what do you expect will be your total accumulated student loan debt when you graduate your undergraduate institution?   
Table 2.19 Rate your level of interest in special education Broken out by roughly about how sure of yourself are you of your post-college education or work plans?   
Table 3.1 Rate your level of interest in early childhood education   
Table 3.2 Rate your level of interest in early childhood education Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 3.3 Rate your level of interest in early childhood education. Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin   
Table 3.4 Rate your level of interest in early childhood education. Broken out regional origins of the survey participant   
Table 3.5 Rate your level of interest in early childhood education Broken out by college year class standing   
Table 3.6 Rate your level of interest in early childhood education Broken out by approximate student family annual income   
Table 3.7 Rate your level of interest in early childhood education. Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant   
Table 3.8 Rate your level of interest in early childhood education Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant   
Table 3.9 Rate your level of interest in early childhood education Broken out by college grades of the survey participant   
Table 3.10 Rate your level of interest in early childhood education. Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant   
Table 3.11 Rate your level of interest in early childhood education. Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 3.12 Rate your level of interest in early childhood education Broken out for students in public or private colleges   
Table 3.13 Rate your level of interest in early childhood education Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant   
Table 3.14 Rate your level of interest in early childhood education Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant   
Table 3.15 Rate your level of interest in early childhood education Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant   
Table 3.16 Rate your level of interest in early childhood education Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant   
Table 3.17 Rate your level of interest in early childhood education Broken out by which phrase best describes your racial or ethnic identity?   
Table 3.18 Rate your level of interest in early childhood education Broken out by what do you expect will be your total accumulated student loan debt when you graduate your undergraduate institution?   
Table 3.19 Rate your level of interest in early childhood education Broken out by roughly about how sure of yourself are you of your post-college education or work plans?   
 
List of Charts
Chart 1.1 How interested are you in taking courses in education at the undergraduate level?   
Chart 1.2 How interested are you in taking courses in education at the undergraduate level? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant   
Chart 1.3 How interested are you in taking courses in education at the undergraduate level? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant   
Chart 1.4 How interested are you in taking courses in education at the undergraduate level? Broken out by roughly about how sure of yourself are you of your post-college education or work plans?   

Chart 2.1 Rate your level of interest in special education   
Chart 2.2 Rate your level of interest in special education. Broken out by approximate student family annual income   
Chart 2.3 Rate your level of interest in special education. Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant   
Chart 2.4 Rate your level of interest in special education. Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant   
Chart 2.5 Rate your level of interest in special education. Broken out by gender of the survey participant   

Chart 3.1 Rate your level of interest in early childhood education   
Chart 3.2 Rate your level of interest in early childhood education. Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin   
Chart 3.3 Rate your level of interest in early childhood education. Broken out regional origins of the survey participant   
Chart 3.4 Rate your level of interest in early childhood education. Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant   
Chart 3.5 Rate your level of interest in early childhood education. Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant   
Chart 3.6 Rate your level of interest in early childhood education. Broken out by gender of the survey participant

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