Charleston has a total population of 21,039 and a student population of 11,966. Of these students, 11,966 are enrolled in schools that offer teaching programs.
The largest teaching school in Charleston, by student population, is Eastern Illinois University. In 2010, Eastern Illinois University graduated approximately 275 students with credentials in teaching.
In 2010, 470 students graduated with a teaching degree in Charleston. Tuition in 2009 at Charleston's teaching schools was $19,877 per year for instate students and $34,217 per year for out of state students.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $120 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a teaching program in Charleston. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $8,078 per year, on average, for room and board at Charleston-based teaching schools. 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 Charleston, your job prospects are good. In 2010, of the 84,620 teachers in Illinois, 2,020 were working in the greater Charleston area. Charleston's teacher workforce is projected to increase by 16% 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 Charleston is $47,320 per year, which is higher than the average for teachers state-wide.