This week — May 7-11 — is National Teacher Appreciation Week, the perfect time to take a few moments to remember and acknowledge all the ways in which educators enrich our lives.

"Teachers are our most precious resource. They shape the future. We can show them appreciation by expressing our deep gratitude to them for the many ways they support and assist students week in and week out," says Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, Ph.D., Assistant Vice Chancellor for Educator Preparation and Public School Programs. 

"Face-to-face, celebrations at school and elsewhere, through social media — there can't be too many ways to communicate our message of appreciation."

The National Center for Education Statistics, the National PTA and other organizations have gathered together a few important reminders of why teachers deserve the support of every American:

  • Teachers in the U.S. work more than 52 hours a week, on average, which breaks down to about 30 hours of teaching in the classroom and another 22 hours to prepare lessons and grade papers, among other tasks.
  • The average beginning elementary school teacher in California earns between $42,000 and $48,000 annually. The average salary of a public school teacher across the state in 2015-16 was about $77,000.
  • Fifty-six percent of public elementary and public school teachers across the U.S. had a master's degree or higher in 2011-12. 

Did you know that the CSU awards 7,250 California teaching credentials annually? Ours is the largest teacher preparation program in the state and one of the biggest in the nation.

If you're interested in earning your credential to become a P-12 teacher, explore the CSU's programs for educators, as well as your options for financial aid and scholarships, and the many pathways to teaching and education careers.