Education & Community Leadership Career Planning Options
A career in the field of education can be rewarding for many reasons, most importantly it provides a means to have a positive impact on a child. By combining an expertise in teaching and interest in community engagement, career opportunities may broaden to include leadership roles within the non-profit sector. Rivier University education & community leadership majors build skills within a broad curriculum of inter-disciplinary coursework and field experiences. Students will gain a greater understanding of the importance of the relationship between their organization and the constituents they serve. Required field-based experiences provide opportunities to gain awareness of organizational processes and operations. Visit Rivier's Education Department for additional information on this program and degree.
Education & Community Leadership Skills/Knowledge
- Develop excellent communication skills, verbal and written
- Teaching and instruction, program planning, organization and record-keeping, decision-making, problem solving and research.
- Financial accounting, organizational leadership, marketing
- Educational technology
Career Paths in Education & Community Leadership
Combining the fields of education and business 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 a professional. Community Leadership opportunities can be found in a variety of settings that serve the needs of children and families.
Education & Community Leadership graduates may work as…
(The following are titles from across the industry. Some of these jobs may require education or experience beyond a bachelor's degree.)
Child development specialist
Director, child care center
Youth sports coordinator
Youth program specialist
Education & Community Leadership graduates may work within…
Community centers/service agencies
Federal education agencies
Foster care organizations
Local, state, and federal government agencies
National associations & councils
Preschool/day care centers
Youth organizations and camps: YMCA, YWCA, Young Life, Scouts, etc.
Ways to Increase Employability:
- Research organizations’ values to find a good fit with yours.
- Seek experience as a volunteer, intern or paid employee with social service or non-profit organizations.
- Become familiar with government and community resources available for those in need.
- Develop a wide range of skills such as presenting, grant writing and fund raising, as professionals in nonprofit organizations may fill multiple roles.
- Develop writing, research and public speaking skills and the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
- Demonstrate knowledge and experience in a specialty area, i.e. public health, environment, urban issues.
- Obtain part-time, summer, internship or volunteer experience with the intended age group in various settings such as pre-schools, day cares, camps, community agencies, adult centers, YMCA’s, etc.
Rivier University Organizations related to Education & Community Leadership
Rivier University Service Learning Opportunities through local partnerships
Rivier University America Reads Project
Rivier University Sources of Information
Rivier University Faculty Advisors, & Education Department Resources
Professionals Working in the Field
Professional Organizations Related to Education & Community Leadership
National Alliance for Youth Sports
National Child Care Association
Alliance for Nonprofit Management
Young nonprofit Professionals Network