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Total number of teachers and mean and median years of teaching experience for private school teachers, by teaching level, school type, and selected main assignment categories: 2003–04

Elementary Secondary
Selected main assignment Total number of teachers   Mean years teaching experience   Median years teaching experience   Total number of teachers   Mean years teaching experience   Median years teaching experience  
All private school teachers  263,470   12.2   8.9   203,910   12.9   8.9  
                         
Elementary/early childhood education  173,800   12.6   9.1        
Special education  11,620   10.6   6.9 ! 6,930   10.4   6.9  
English as a second language  350 ! 5.1   4.0   940   3.9 ! 1.5  
English and language arts  8,340   13.8   9.8   37,570   13.9   9.7  
Mathematics and computer science  11,610   13.0   9.7   33,750   14.5   10.9  
                         
Science  5,000   12.7   7.9   27,290   12.3   6.9  
Social science  3,470   12.5   10.4   26,780   13.5   9.0  
Foreign language  8,260   11.2   7.7 ! 18,330   12.4   8.6  
Art and music  20,890   10.8   8.8   17,890   12.4   9.1  
Career/technical education  1,920   11.8   8.7   5,250   11.1   6.9  
All others1  18,200   10.5   7.6   29,180   11.4   8.0  
† Not applicable.
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 50 percent or more of the estimate's value.
1 All others includes health education, physical education, driver education, library/ information science, military science/ ROTC, philosophy, religious studies, and other categories not specified.
NOTE: Elementary teachers either instruct any of grades prekindergarten through 5th grade and have a main teaching assignment of early childhood/prekindergarten, elementary education, special education (in self-contained classrooms), or elementary enrichment; or teach most or all of their classes in any of grades K-6. Secondary teachers instruct any of grades 7-12 but usually no grade lower than 5th. They also teach more of grades 7-12 than lower grade levels. Teachers of only ungraded classes are considered elementary teachers if their main assignment is early childhood/prekindergarten or elementary, or they teach either special education in a self-contained classroom or an elementary enrichment class. All other teachers with ungraded classes are classified as secondary level.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Private School Teacher Data File," 2003-04.


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