Fort Smith has a general population of 80,268 and an overall student population of 7,491. Approximately 7,335 of Fort Smith's students are enrolled in schools that offer teaching programs.
Of the 1 teaching schools in Fort Smith, the largest teaching school, by student population, is University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. In 2010, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith graduated approximately 61 students with credentials in teaching.
In 2010, 84 students graduated with a teaching degree from one of Fort Smith's teaching schools. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $15,640 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Fort Smith teaching schools was an average of $21,040 per year in 2009.
You should also anticipate spending about $1,150 for teaching related books and supplies every year. And if you live on campus at one of the Fort Smith-based teaching schools, you will have an added expense of $5,389 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $9,540.
If you plan on staying in Fort Smith after graduating from teaching school, you should know that job prospects for teachers in Fort Smith, which is the most popular teaching profession, are good. There were 11,010 teachers working in Arkansas and 1,450 working in the greater Fort Smith area in 2010. The number of teachers in Fort Smith is expected to increase by 27% by the year 2018. This projected change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for teachers.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a teacher in Fort Smith is $41,610 per year, which is lower than the average for teachers state-wide.