Career Paths for Teachers

A Latino teacher works with a black teenaged girl on an assignment in a classroom full of diversity.

A degree in education creates many opportunities for people who are invested in teaching and enriching the lives of children. Our teachers are thoroughly prepared to be leaders in their schools and classrooms. We also prepare students to take on administrative, research, and leadership positions in their future careers.

A Leader in the Classroom

Our teachers complete ample hours of fieldwork and student teaching so that they are prepared from day one to create a stimulating, culturally responsive classroom where all students can learn and thrive. After some experience teaching in a classroom, opportunities may arise to expand your responsibilities in your school. Many of our teachers enhance their careers by becoming a:

Mentor Teacher

Serve as a role model for new teachers in your school. As a mentor teacher, you help student teachers and new teachers find their comfort zone in the classroom. This position allows you to teach children as well as adults who are adjusting to being classroom teachers.

Master Teacher

After teaching for three years, you can start the process of becoming a master teacher within a specified subject. Master teachers serve as leaders in their school, ensuring that students are achieving certain academic standards. Your experience will allow you to assist other teachers in developing their skills as an educator.

Grade Level or Department Chair

These teachers lead meetings, discussions, and instructional activities with their colleagues. As a chair, you can help shape the curriculum and direction for your school. In addition, you will serve as a bridge between the teachers and your school’s administration.

Instructional Specialist

You can help improve the teaching methods of colleagues by becoming an expert in pedagogy. Instructional specialists work to improve the curriculum and ensure that children are learning through the best resources available and technologies that keep them engaged.

Open Doors by Pursuing an Advanced Degree

Higher education offers many opportunities to improve education standards, develop inspirational curriculum, and become an advocate for underrepresented communities in education.

Continue to Work in Schools

Schools have several positions that support students academically, emotionally, and developmentally. Specialists can help students with reading, learning, and behavioral disabilities achieve their full potential. School librarians introduce students to reading, research, and new technologies.

Move into K-12 Administration

School administrators are responsible for ensuring that their schools are performing in a way that best serves all of their students. School leadership use data to inform decisions that serve their teachers and staff to make sure they have the resources they need by managing the budget and organization of their department. School leadership also influence the curriculum and programming that is offered throughout a district.

Higher Education and Education Policy

Teachers make great advocates for education because of their direct experience in the classroom. Master’s and doctoral degrees in education can prepare you to work in administrative positions in colleges and universities, become a researcher of issues in education, or become a teacher of teachers as a professor.

Lead Change in Education

There are careers outside of schools and universities that can have a significant influence on education practices and policy. You can work for government agencies that impact education policy, organizations that work to transform education from outside schools, or consulting firms that help advise teaching practices in schools or businesses.