Skip Navigation
small NCES header image

Table 7. Number of public high school-level teachers who reported a particular main assignment and the percentage with a major in their main assignment awarded by a department, college, or school of education and a certification in that main assignment, by selected main assignments: 2003–04

Major in main assignment awarded by a department, college, or school of education No major in main assignment awarded by a department, college, or school of education
Selected main assignment Number of teachers
  Total   Certified   Not certified   Total   Certified   Not certified Total certified
English  134,900   58.8   50.8   8.0   41.2   29.3   11.8 80.2
Mathematics  128,500   55.0   48.1   6.8   45.0   29.1   16.0 77.2
Science  106,100   50.2   44.0   6.2   49.8   36.1   13.7 80.0
Biology/life sciences  42,600   47.8   37.8   10.1   52.2   31.2   20.9 69.0
Physical science  57,400   29.5   22.4   7.2   70.5   37.7   32.7 60.1
Chemistry  21,700   26.1   18.4   7.8   73.9   43.5   30.4 61.9
Earth sciences  10,900   26.7   21.5   5.2   73.3   30.1   43.2 51.6
Physics  9,200   32.2   25.6   6.6   67.8   35.4   32.4 61.0
Social science  111,600   56.9   48.2   8.7   43.1   33.7   9.4 81.8
Economics  5,200   10.0   3.3 ! 6.7   90.0   14.1   75.9 17.4
Geography  8,400   8.3   2.0 ! 6.3   91.7   16.1   75.6 18.1
Government/civics  14,700   5.1   2.7   2.4   94.9   17.6   77.3 20.3
History  57,200   47.0   21.1   25.9   53.0   15.6   37.4 36.7
French  9,800   57.9   49.0   8.9   42.1   33.5   8.6 82.5
German  3,400   47.9   38.4   9.4   52.1   42.2   9.9 80.6
Latin  2,000   43.3   39.1   4.2 ! 56.7   32.3   24.4 71.4
Spanish  37,000   57.2   46.1   11.1   42.8   29.6   13.2 75.7
Art/Arts or crafts1  29,700   79.1   69.1   10.0   20.9   14.5   6.4 83.6
Music1  36,300   84.6   71.3   13.3   15.4   11.0   4.4 82.3
Dance/theater1  6,800   39.9   34.1   5.8   60.1   38.0   22.1 72.1
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 50 percent or more of the estimate's value.
1 Teachers of art/arts or crafts, music, and dance/theater were allowed to report an ungraded or secondary-level certification.
NOTE: Teachers include traditional public and public charter teachers who taught departmentalized classes to students in any of grades 10–12, or grade 9 and no grade lower. Under science and social science, several subfields are examined in detail. These subfields are not inclusive of all subfields in the subject and, therefore, do not add to the broad field total. See the appendixes of Education and Certification Qualifications of Departmentalized Public High School-Level Teachers of Core Subjects: Evidence from the 2003–04 Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES 2008–338) for technical notes and specific definitions of subjects within main assignment fields and major/certification areas. "Major in main assignment awarded by a department, college, or school of education" columns include only teachers who earned their major within the school/college of education. Majors in main assignment are credited if they were earned at the bachelor's degree level or higher. "No major in main assignment awarded by a department, college, or school of education" columns include an in-subject major earned outside the college/school of education or an out-of-subject major. "Certified" columns contain teachers with a regular/probationary certification in-subject and at the secondary level. In cases where a teacher earned two majors under the first bachelor's degree, the department that awarded the first bachelor's degree (T0118) was used to assign where the first (T0119) and second (T0121) majors were earned. All teachers who earned an educational specialist/professional diploma or Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies were flagged as having received the degree from the school/college of education. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School Teacher Data File," 2003–04.


Would you like to help us improve our products and website by taking a short survey?

YES, I would like to take the survey

or

No Thanks

The survey consists of a few short questions and takes less than one minute to complete.