With an overall population of 21,039 and a student population of 11,966, approximately 11,966 of Charleston students attend one of Charleston's schools that offer elementary education programs.
The largest elementary education school in Charleston, by student population, is Eastern Illinois University. In 2010, Eastern Illinois University graduated approximately 275 students with credentials in elementary education.
In 2010, 275 students graduated with an elementary education degree in Charleston. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $19,877 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Charleston elementary education schools was an average of $34,217 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $120 for elementary education related books and supplies each year. And if you live on campus at one of the Charleston-based elementary education schools, you will have an added expense of $8,078 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $0.
If you plan on staying in Charleston after graduating from elementary education school, you should know that job prospects for elementary educators in Charleston, which is the most popular elementary education profession, are good. There were 84,620 elementary educators working in Illinois and 2,020 working in the greater Charleston area in 2010. Charleston's elementary educator workforce is projected to increase by 16% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for elementary educators.
As an elementary educator in Charleston, you can expect to make an average salary of $47,320 per year. This is higher than the average salary for elementary educators in the state.