Table 20.  Percentage distribution of public school teachers by highest degree earned, and state: 2003–04

State  Less than bachelor's   Bachelor's degree Master's degree Higher than a master's degree
United States  1.1   50.8 40.9 7.2
           
Alabama  1.3   38.1 50.2 10.4
Alaska  0.3 ! 58.4 34.3 6.9
Arizona  1.1   49.7 40.8 8.4
Arkansas  1.2   60.4 33.8 4.6
California  0.9   56.0 31.3 11.8
           
Colorado  1.5   44.5 47.7 6.3
Connecticut  1.3   24.5 55.9 18.3
Delaware  0.7 ! 45.9 49.2 4.3
District of Columbia  0.5 ! 48.2 41.8 9.5
Florida  1.6   61.8 32.7 4.0
           
Georgia  0.7   46.6 40.5 12.2
Hawaii  1.4   43.2 26.5 29.0
Idaho  1.1   71.9 24.9 2.1
Illinois  0.9   45.7 49.6 3.9
Indiana  0.8   37.3 56.3 5.6
           
Iowa  0.5   65.1 33.0 1.4
Kansas  0.5   55.0 40.2 4.3
Kentucky  0.9   28.5 51.6 19.0
Louisiana  0.8 ! 65.2 24.4 9.6
Maine  1.4   64.3 30.6 3.7
           
Maryland  1.0 ! 42.7 46.6 9.7
Massachusetts  2.0   37.7 53.6 6.6
Michigan  1.1   43.3 50.5 5.0
Minnesota  0.9   49.0 43.6 6.5
Mississippi  2.2   62.3 30.6 4.9
           
Missouri  1.9   47.3 47.4 3.4
Montana  1.4   65.0 29.5 4.1
Nebraska  0.6 ! 59.9 37.5 2.0
Nevada  0.8 ! 43.4 48.9 6.9
New Hampshire  0.7 ! 56.9 39.4 3.1
           
New Jersey  0.8 ! 57.0 34.3 7.9
New Mexico  0.9   58.1 36.4 4.6
New York  0.6   21.4 67.2 10.8
North Carolina  1.4   67.0 27.6 4.0
North Dakota  0.9   71.7 24.6 2.8
           
Ohio  1.5   45.8 49.1 3.7
Oklahoma  0.3   66.3 30.2 3.1
Oregon  0.4 ! 41.5 50.5 7.5
Pennsylvania  1.1   48.6 42.5 7.8
Rhode Island  0.4 ! 48.0 45.8 5.8
           
South Carolina  2.0   47.0 42.9 8.1
South Dakota  0.9 ! 72.9 24.0 2.2
Tennessee  1.6   46.1 43.2 9.1
Texas  0.9   71.9 22.4 4.8
Utah  2.2   65.2 24.2 8.5
           
Vermont  0.4 ! 54.2 41.1 4.3
Virginia  1.9   58.6 34.1 5.4
Washington  1.1   42.6 50.7 5.6
West Virginia  1.9   36.9 53.5 7.6
Wisconsin  0.1 ! 54.8 40.8 4.3
Wyoming  1.4 ! 61.4 33.8 3.4
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 50 percent or more of the estimate's value.
NOTE: Teachers include both full-time and part-time teachers. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey, Public School Teacher Data File, 2003–04.