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Table 4. Percentage distribution of public school teachers, by highest degree earned and state: 2011–12


State No bachelor's   Bachelor's degree   Master's degree   Higher than a master's degree1  
United States 3.8   39.9   47.7   8.7  
                 
Alabama 3.8 ! 34.5   52.8   8.9  
Alaska 4.4 ! 45.6   41.9   8.2  
Arizona 4.6   44.4   44.1   6.9  
Arkansas 3.7 ! 54.7   35.0   6.6  
California 4.8   43.4   39.2   12.7  
                 
Colorado 2.8 ! 36.1   49.9   11.2  
Connecticut   15.3   64.4   17.7  
Delaware 4.0 ! 34.5   49.7   11.8  
District of Columbia        
Florida        
                 
Georgia 3.4 ! 29.5   43.5   23.6  
Hawaii        
Idaho 4.6   55.6   35.3   4.4  
Illinois 2.7 ! 32.6   57.8   7.0  
Indiana 2.2   43.6   47.4   6.9  
                 
Iowa 3.5 ! 52.8   39.7   4.1 !
Kansas 3.8   43.8   47.0   5.4  
Kentucky 5.1   17.5   57.5   20.0  
Louisiana 3.5 ! 61.9   27.0   7.6  
Maine 4.9 ! 46.3   42.8   6.0  
                 
Maryland        
Massachusetts 3.9   21.8   67.5   6.8  
Michigan 2.3   29.7   62.9   5.0  
Minnesota 4.4   35.3   50.1   10.2  
Mississippi 5.3   54.4   35.2   5.1  
                 
Missouri 4.4   33.3   57.5   4.8  
Montana 6.4   55.2   34.6   3.8 !
Nebraska 5.5   44.9   45.9   3.7  
Nevada 4.5 ! 25.1   49.8   20.6  
New Hampshire 3.0 ! 40.2   48.7   8.1  
                 
New Jersey 3.0   48.5   40.8   7.6  
New Mexico 4.3 ! 43.3   42.1   10.3  
New York 2.8 ! 4.4   84.2   8.6  
North Carolina 4.1 ! 54.2   33.8   7.8  
North Dakota 6.9   59.2   30.1   3.9  
                 
Ohio 5.3   24.0   64.5   6.2  
Oklahoma 4.3   65.6   26.9   3.2 !
Oregon 4.2 ! 26.3   59.8   9.7  
Pennsylvania 4.5 ! 32.9   53.9   8.7  
Rhode Island        
                 
South Carolina 3.0 ! 28.8   57.9   10.3  
South Dakota 2.3 ! 68.8   26.6   2.3 !
Tennessee 4.4 ! 35.1   46.3   14.2  
Texas 3.3   66.4   25.8   4.6  
Utah 4.2   56.8   27.3   11.7 !
                 
Vermont 6.6   35.4   52.0   6.0  
Virginia 3.3 ! 47.5   41.6   7.6  
Washington 2.9   23.1   62.9   11.1  
West Virginia 3.1   46.6   43.2   7.1  
Wisconsin 2.7   36.7   55.1   5.5  
Wyoming 7.0 ! 44.3   41.2   7.5 !
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 percent and 50 percent (i.e., the standard error is at least 30 percent and less than 50 percent of the estimate).
‡ Reporting standards not met. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 50 percent or greater (i.e., the standard error is 50 percent or more of the estimate) or the response rate is below 50 percent.
1 Higher than a master's degree is defined as a teacher who completed any of the following: an educational specialist or professional diploma, a certificate of advanced graduate studies, or a doctorate or first professional degree.
NOTE: Teachers include both full-time and part-time teachers. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding and because some data are not shown.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School Teacher Data File," 2011–12.


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