With an overall population of 81,860 and a student population of 5,988, approximately 2,314 of Decatur students attend one of Decatur's schools that offer teaching programs.
The largest teaching school in Decatur, by student population, is Millikin University. Approximately 55 students graduated in 2010 from Millikin University with credentials in teaching.
A reported 121 students graduated with credentials in teaching in Decatur in 2010. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $26,445 per year in tuition costs.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $1,000 for teaching related books and supplies each year. And if you live on campus at one of the Decatur-based teaching schools, you will have an added expense of $7,866 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $0.
Many teaching graduates choose to work as teachers after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Decatur, your job prospects are good. There were 84,620 teachers working in Illinois and 580 working in the greater Decatur area in 2010. The government projects that the number of teachers in Decatur will increase by 16% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for teachers.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a teacher in Decatur is $42,330 per year. This is lower than the state-wide average salary for teachers.