Education Career Planning Options
A career in Education provides an opportunity to make a difference in students’ lives of all ages. Teachers are in a position to greatly influence the intellectual, social and personal development of their students. Rivier University education majors build skills in curriculum development, teaching, and student performance evaluation, in addition to gaining an appreciation for cultural diversity, compassion for others, and the value of social justice. These students also benefit from a strong liberal arts core curriculum which further emphasizes the acquisition of analytical skills, problem solving skills, and communication skills. As a result, Rivier education majors are prepared to face the challenges that the nation’s schools present. Visit Rivier’s Education Department for additional information on programs and degrees.
Education Major Skills
|Team Teaching||Quick Thinking|
|Special Needs Assessment||Decision Making|
|Performing Administrative Duties||Creativity|
|Counseling||Behavior Management Skills|
|Preparing Reports||Preparing & Developing Instruction Materials|
|Assessing Student Performance & Progress|
- Ability to collaborate with families and community members.
- Development of a sense of ethics that will not be compromised by immediate personal gain or prejudice.
- Knowledge of educational theories and practice, human development, and educational psychology.
- Abilities to organize, plan, and implement classroom activities as well as off campus learning experiences.
- Ability to adapting teaching methods and modalities to meet the needs of the various learning styles of all students, including those with special needs.
Career Paths in Education
The field of education offers graduates a variety of career options depending upon one’s interests, abilities, work values, academic emphasis, and practical experience in the field. Developing special interests and skills, i.e. technology skills or bilingual skills, can lead to unique career opportunities or serve to enhance one’s role as teacher. Teaching opportunities can be found in the areas of special education, preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and secondary education. Rivier has traditionally placed a high priority on meeting or exceeding standards for teacher qualifications in these areas.
Teaching positions can also be found in non school agencies such as adult education programs, recreation departments, drug and alcohol abuse programs, the Peace Corps, and others. Non teaching employment options include a wide variety of positions in school administration and support personnel, professional organizations, private agencies with educational programs, government offices, and educational publishing houses. Advanced education is required for some of these alternatives and can also lead to teaching or administrative opportunities at the college and university level.
Education graduates may work as …
(Some of these jobs may require education or experience beyond a bachelor’s degree)
|Teacher:||Other Job Titles:|
|Elementary||Child Development Specialist|
|Middle/Junior High School||Curriculum Supervisor|
|High School||Educational Administrator|
|Infant/Toddler||Educational Materials Sales Representative|
|Instructor (College/University)||Guidance Counselor|
|Pre-School||Media Center Specialist|
|Special Education||Reading Specialist|
|Adult Education||School Psychologist|
|Alternative Environment||Special Education Administrator|
Education graduates may work at …
|Public & Private Schools||Business & Industry|
|Colleges & Universities||Camps|
|Educational Publishers||Consulting Organizations|
|Preschool/Day Care Centers||Federal Education Agencies|
|Community Services Agencies||National Associations & Councils|
|US Affiliated Schools Abroad||Libraries|
|Department of Education (Government)||Non-Profit Organizations|
Ways to Increase Employability
The following suggestions will enhance your leadership skills and workplace qualifications, while promoting networking relationships with fellow professionals:
- Pursue elective course work or additional training related to one’s professional field of interest.
- Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.
- Become an active student member of university, community, or professional organizations
- Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through relevant part-time, full-time, and summer job or internship positions.
- Work with age groups you hope to teach through recreational activities at camps or in civic programs, as a classroom paraprofessional, doing Sunday school teaching or substitute teaching, in service groups (see Rivier University Organizations and Service Groups below), etc.
Sources of Information on Majors, Careers and Employment in Education
- Rivier University Faculty Advisors, Academic Advisors, & Education Department Resources
- Professionals Working in the Field
- Professional Organizations
- Rivier University Career Development Center Staff, Website & Office Resources
Rivier University Organizations Related to Education
- Rivier University Service Learning Opportunities through local partnerships
- Rivier University America Reads Project
Professional Organizations Related to Education
- American Federation of Teachers
- National Education Association
- National Association for the Education of Young Children
- The Council for Exceptional Children
- American Association of School Administrators
- Association of Cooperative Educators
- Association of Teacher Educators
- Association of Childhood Education International
- American Association for Employment in Education (Great Employment Resources)
- National Council of Teachers of English
- National Science Teachers Association
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
- Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
- American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
- Coalition of Essential Schools
- The National Council for Social Studies
Career Related Websites for Education Majors
- Teaching Opportunities (Resources and links from Smith College, to assist teachers in their job search)
- Teaching in Essential Schools (Learn more about teaching opportunities in a growing national network of schools whose educational philosophy focuses on increasing student achievement by supporting the rethinking of priorities and the redesign of curriculum, instruction, and assessment.)
- U.S. State Teacher Certification Offices
- Alternative Teaching Opportunities – Boston College resource for exploring jobs other than full-time teaching in the public, parochial and private schools.
- Sites for New Teachers (Sites that help beginning teachers reference information to aid in teaching.)
- Teachers Helping Teachers
- Education Week (Online newspaper for educators. Includes a jobs link to nationwide positions and list of major associations involved in educational policy and reform.)
- U.S. Department of Education
- Academic Employment Network (Educational employment opportunities for teachers and other school related positions at all academic levels.)
- K-12 Jobs (Teaching and administrations jobs available at school districts across the country. You can also find out about state to state certification requirements, salaries, and job fairs.)
- Private School Teaching (Vacancies in administration and teaching at independent schools across the country and around the world.)
- Education World Employment Center