Education Degrees and Certificates
Earning a degree in education can prepare you for numerous rewarding careers. Although a school teacher is the first profession to come to mind, many other careers are possible depending on your experience, the degree level and field of study. Education degree holders can work in the public and private sectors, teach, manage, and conduct research.
Career Options in Education:
Daycare / Nursery School Teacher
Special Education Teacher
Adult Education Instructor
Professor Training & HR Specialist
Employee Development Manager
There is Always a Need for Educators
An educator is one of the more recession resistent careers. Whether the economy is prospering or lagging, the public will always need qualified teachers and educators. Employment of education, training, and library occupations is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 697,600 new jobs are projected to be added from 2014 to 2024. Growth in education, training, and library occupations is influenced by school enrollments and budgets.
Go Further with a Graduate Degree
Holding graduate degrees in education is essential to individuals who desire educational leadership and administration positions. Many schools require their teachers to either have a master's degree or work on earning one within a certain amount of time. Most schools have payscales that reward you for having a master's degree. If you don't have a bachelor degree in education and want to become an educator, a master's degree in the field can fulfill most schools' education requirements.
NCATE Accreditation: Is it a Must?
NCATE accreditation is certainly desirable. However, there are plenty of top ranked schools that don't have NCATE accreditation yet still offer excellent quality education programs. In fact, many schools without the NCATE accreditation offer programs that are specifically approved by their state's department of education. Your long-term plans should dictate the decision to choose a program with or without the NCATE accreditation. Licensure requirements and a possible move out of state are two important factors in this decision. >> Read more
Consider a High Demand Specialization
School systems across the country have expressed great need for teachers who are specialized in mathematics, science, and English language learning (ELL/ESL) instruction. Educators who have extensive training or degrees in these fields will certainly have improved options in employment and better compensation potential. >> click here for Teacher Shortage Areas from the U.S. Dept. of Education