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Number of public high school-level teachers who reported a specific main assignment and the percentage with and without a major in that main assignment, by subject of main assignment: 2007–08

Selected main assignment Number of teachers   Percent with major in main assignment   Percent without major in main assignment  
English  161,300   82.8   17.2  
Mathematics  143,600   72.5   27.5  
Science  119,800   84.0   16.0  
Biology or life sciences  53,800   76.1   23.9  
Physical science  58,100   48.5   51.5  
Chemistry  24,500   48.2   51.8  
Earth sciences  8,500   33.2   66.8  
Physics  8,800   57.7   42.3  
Social science  119,200   83.3   16.7  
Economics  6,200   15.0 ! 85.0  
Geography  8,000   9.7 ! 90.3  
Government or civics  15,000   6.1 ! 93.9  
History  60,100   63.8   36.2  
French  11,500   82.0   18.0  
German  3,100   87.2    
Latin  2,000   68.7   31.3 !
Spanish  41,700   74.6   25.4  
Art or arts and crafts  32,400   89.5   10.5 !
Music  34,900   95.2   4.8  
Dance and drama or theater  7,500   61.0   39.0  
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 30 percent or more of the estimate's value.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
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. Each main assignment includes several subfields. Under science and social science any of several subfields are examined in detail. These subfields are not inclusive of all subfields in the subject and, therefore, do not sum to the broad field total. "Major in main assignment" includes all teachers, regardless of whether the major was earned within or outside the school/college of education. Majors in main assignment are credited if they were earned at the bachelor's degree level or higher. 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," 2007–08.

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