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There are a variety of paths that lead to becoming a teacher or other professional within the field of education. It is important to know what level and student population you want to work with so that you choose the right path for teaching. Please refer to our Find Your Teaching Path! document to help you choose your path.

Characteristics

Programs

Degrees

High Unit Certificates

(18 units or more)

Low Unit Certificates

(18 units or less)
Notes:
AS-T Associate in Science for Transfer Degree
AA-T Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree
AA Associate of Arts Degree
AS Associate of Science Degree
CC Career Certificate
COA Certificate of Achievement
COSP Certificate of Skill Proficiency

Meet Your Success Team

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Angelica Martinez
Counselor
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Viviana Villanueva
Counselor
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Robin Babou
Librarian
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Lea Martinez
Project Manager Teacher Preparation Pipeline & Pathways
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Alia Medrano
Success Coach
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Liz Osollo-Chavez
BSS Secretary
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Carol Sigala
Professor of Child Development and Education

Career Outlook

Plan, direct, or coordinate the academic, administrative, or auxiliary activities of public or private elementary or secondary level schools.

Median Salary:
$129,810.04
Annual Job Opening:
1,820
Typical Education Level:
a Master's or Professional degree
Top Entry-level Education:
A Master's or Professional degree
84%
A high school diploma or less
9%
A Bachelor's degree
7%

Teach students basic academic, social, and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level.

Median Salary:
$85,465.42
Annual Job Opening:
11,266
Typical Education Level:
a Bachelor's degree
Top Entry-level Education:
A Bachelor's degree
84%
A Master's or Professional degree
13%
Some college
1%

Develop instructional material, coordinate educational content, and incorporate current technology in specialized fields that provide guidelines to educators and instructors for developing curricula and conducting courses. Includes educational consultants and specialists, and instructional material directors.

Median Salary:
$72,335.08
Annual Job Opening:
2,033
Typical Education Level:
a Master's or Professional degree
Top Entry-level Education:
A Master's or Professional degree
75%
A Bachelor's degree
25%
A Doctoral degree or more
0%

Instruct preschool-aged children in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth needed for primary school in preschool, day care center, or other child development facility. May be required to hold State certification.

Median Salary:
$35,952.37
Annual Job Opening:
5,187
Typical Education Level:
a high school diploma or less
Top Entry-level Education:
A high school diploma or less
29%
A Bachelor's degree
25%
Some college
12%

Teach preschool school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. Includes teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students and those who teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally impaired.

Median Salary:
$50,435.55
Annual Job Opening:
110
Typical Education Level:
a Bachelor's degree
Top Entry-level Education:
A Bachelor's degree
63%
A Master's or Professional degree
32%
An Associate degree
3%

Assess and treat persons with speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders. May select alternative communication systems and teach their use. May perform research related to speech and language problems.

Median Salary:
$93,314.81
Annual Job Opening:
1,556
Typical Education Level:
a Master's or Professional degree
Top Entry-level Education:
A Master's or Professional degree
100%
Source: Emsi Data.

Resources

  • California Commission on Teaching Credentialing:
    https://www.ctc.ca.gov/
    The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing is an agency in the Executive Branch of California State Government. It was created in 1970 by the Ryan Act and is the oldest of the autonomous state standards boards in the nation. The major purpose of the agency is to serve as a state standards board for educator preparation for the public schools of California, the licensing and credentialing of professional educators in the State, the enforcement of professional practices of educators, and the discipline of credential holders in the State of California.
  • Teach California:
    https://www.teachcalifornia.org/
    California faces a shortage of special education, mathematics, and science teachers. With a special focus on these shortage areas, the TEACH California Website is designed to recruit individuals to the profession of teaching, explain the teacher preparation process, assist prospective teachers in creating their plan to become credentialed teachers, provide relevant content, partner with related public and non-profit entities, and offer links to important resources. The TEACH California Website is the California Department of Education's (CDE) primary Web effort for recruiting individuals to the teaching profession.
  • STEM-CTE Teach Program:
    https://www.riohondo.edu/iteach/
    Rio Hondo College's STEM-CTE/TEACH program strives to be an exemplary teacher pipeline program, allowing students and working professionals to gain access to quality teacher education and explore a career in teaching.

About RHC

Rio Hondo College, serving the communities of El Monte, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, and Whittier for over 50 years.

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Rio Hondo College
3600 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601

Phone: (562) 692-0921
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