Education Careers

Want to make a difference in the lives of others? Teachers are often cited as a person's biggest influence. Whether you want to teach a classroom full of little children how to write their names or prefer to introduce adults to the intricacies of physics and chemistry, there is a career path in the world of education that can help you fulfill that goal.

Potential Careers in Education

When you think of a career in education, a teacher standing at the head of the class might be your first mental image. Though it is a career many individuals choose, it isn't your only option with a degree in education. Here are a few of the best careers in education and what kind of degree they require.

  • K-12 Education. A bachelor's degree is the usual requirement for those who want to teach at the K-12 level. Those who choose to teach in public schools also need to be licensed, while those who work for private schools might not have to pursue a license in order to teach.
  • Early Childhood Education. educational requirements vary for teachers responsible for nurturing those children who have not yet entered kindergarten. Some states require applicants to have a bachelor's degree, while some might require only a high school diploma. However, the more education you obtain, the more opportunity for advancement you might find.
  • Post-Secondary Education. Typically, a graduate degree is required to teach at the college level, but there are exceptions. A master's degree can sometimes be sufficient, or deep experience in a particular field and a teaching certificate could be enough to get your foot in the door. To determine what degree you need, check into the open job opportunities in your particular state.
  • Special Education. At least a bachelor's degree is required to work with those students who have special needs, but some states require a master's degree as the minimum. All states require licensing, which usually consists of a special education training program.
  • Educational Administration. A master's degree is where you may begin, but a PhD is often preferred, depending upon the administrative level you wish to obtain. For advancement in the field, the more experience you have, the better.

Other career paths, such as curriculum design, educational technology, distance learning, and even corporate training are open to you when you choose a degree program in education.

Choosing Education Degree Programs

When you're ready to pursue an education degree, your next step is to dive into career research. Start by learning about the minimum educational requirements for the career path you want to pursue, and then make a list of potential degree programs that meet those needs.

Narrow down your list of schools by looking at accreditation, the curriculum, the quality of the faculty, and the requirements. Decide whether you prefer online learning, a campus experience, or a hybrid of the two. Continue to narrow down your list by placement rate, student satisfaction, and financial aid available to you.

When you have a short list of degree programs in education to choose from, dive even deeper into research to determine which one is right for you.


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