With an overall population of 17,861 and a student population of 14,211, approximately 14,211 of West Chester students attend one of West Chester's schools that offer elementary education programs.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania is the largest elementary education school in West Chester, based on student population. In 2010, West Chester University of Pennsylvania graduated approximately 278 students from its elementary education program.
A reported 278 students graduated with credentials in elementary education in West Chester in 2010. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $19,967 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all West Chester elementary education schools was an average of $28,299 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $1,320 for elementary education related books and supplies each year. And if you live on campus at one of the West Chester-based elementary education schools, you will have an added expense of $7,214 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $12,939.
Many elementary education graduates choose to work as elementary educators after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in West Chester, your job prospects are not very good. In 2010, of the 81,900 elementary educators in Pennsylvania, 17,690 were working in the greater West Chester area. The government projects that the number of elementary educators in West Chester will increase by 2% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for elementary educators.
The average salary you can expect to earn as an elementary educator in West Chester is $51,920 per year, which is higher than the average for elementary educators state-wide.