Career Development

Career Planning

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

Teaching  Supervising/Leading 
Communicating  Observing 
Influencing  Evaluating 
Team Teaching  Quick Thinking 
Administering Tests  Advising 
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 
Kindergarten  Librarian 
Pre-School  Media Center Specialist 
Resource  Principal 
Special Education  Reading Specialist 
Adult Education School Psychologist 
Alternative Environment  Special Education Administrator
  Student Personnel

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

Career Related Websites for Education Majors