West Chester has a general population of 17,861 and an overall student population of 14,211. Approximately 14,211 of West Chester's students are enrolled in schools that offer teaching programs.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania is the largest teaching school in West Chester, based on student population. In 2010, approximately 278 students graduated from the Teaching program at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
A reported 434 students graduated with credentials in teaching 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 teaching schools was an average of $28,299 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,320 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a teaching program in West Chester. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $7,214 per year, on average, for room and board at West Chester-based teaching schools. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $12,939.
If you plan on staying in West Chester after graduating from teaching school, you should know that job prospects for teachers in West Chester, which is the most popular teaching profession, are not very good. In 2010, of the 81,900 teachers in Pennsylvania, 17,690 were working in the greater West Chester area. The government projects that the number of teachers in West Chester will increase by 2% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for teachers.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a teacher in West Chester is $51,920 per year. This is higher than the state-wide average salary for teachers.