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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Nashville Teaching Jobs

Those considering a career in education should check out Nashville teaching jobs.

The Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin area's education and health services industry employed 112,500 workers during December 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is a slight decrease from 112,600 workers during November, but a .4 percent increase from December 2008.

Educators working in Nashville can expect to be paid relatively well. According to, the average pay for a public school teacher in Nashville is between $41,752 per year and $55,459 per year.

The area's public primary and secondary school system is controlled by Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, which has an enrollment of about 75,000 students representing 84 countries and 77 languages.

According to Wikipedia, more than 99 percent of teachers within the system meet federal standards in at least one subject, and 98.9 percent of classes are taught by a highly qualified instructor. The average teacher experience is 13 years at the elementary level, 11.5 years at the middle school level and 14 years at the high school level.

Another plus - MNPS is home to three of the five International Baccalaureate programs in the State of Tennessee and the system's teachers often earn state and national honors for excellence in the classroom.

The school system's most notable magnet schools are Hume-Fogg, Nashville School of the Arts and Martin Luther King, which Newsweek consistently ranks among the top 50 in the nation. The Nashville area also is home to many private schools.

When it comes to higher education, the Nashville area is home to many colleges and universities. There are about 43,000 students enrolled in post-secondary education institutions in the city, with 74,000 students enrolled in higher education institutions in the metropolitan area, and an additional 13,600 students enrolled within a 40-mile radius.

The City of Nashville itself is home to:

  • American Baptist College
  • Aquinas College
  • The Art Institute of Tennessee - Nashville
  • Belmont University
  • Draughons Junior College
  • Fisk University
  • Free Will Baptist Bible College
  • Gupton College
  • International Academy of Design and Technology
  • Lipscomb University
  • Meharry Medical College
  • Nashville School of Law
  • Nashville Auto Diesel College
  • Nashville State Community College
  • Strayer University
  • Tennessee State University
  • Trevecca Nazarene University
  • University of Phoenix
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Watkins College of Art, Design & Film

Middle Tennessee State University is located in Murfreesboro, which is a mere 30 miles from Nashville. The full-sized public university has the largest undergraduate population in the entire state.

The Nashville metropolitan area is home to MTSU, Cumberland University, Volunteer State Community College and O'More College of Design. Austin Peay State University and Columbia State Community College are located within 40 miles of the city.

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