Virginia Beach, VA (population: 439,564) has ten childhood education schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. College of the Albemarle, the highest ranked school in this group with a childhood education program, has a total student population of 2,796. It is the 4791st highest ranked school in the USA and the 91st highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Childhood Education students from Virginia Beach schools who go on to become childhood educators, preschool teachers, kindergarten teachers, special education teachers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 181,810 people working as kindergarten teachers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $50,380. Also, Preschool teachers make on average $27,450 per year and there are about 389,660 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area alone, there are 2,390 employed preschool teachers earning an average salary of $21,980. Kindergarten teachers in this area earn $45,090/yr and there are 1,070 employed.
Virginia Beach lies in Virginia Beach county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area has 735,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.28/hr average worker wage, and a $40,100 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.449 out of every 1000 jobs in Virginia Beach are held by kindergarten teachers, and 3.244/1000 are held by preschool teachers.
Of the 10 childhood education schools with a 100-mile radius of Virginia Beach, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Beaufort County Community College comes out as the most expensive ($5,320/yr) for childhood education students, with Roanoke-Chowan Community College as the lowest, reported at only $1,414/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Virginia Beach|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||35.1 miles|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||90.3 miles|