Teaching Opportunities For People With a Master's Degree in Education

Earning your master's degree in education (M.Ed.) shows employers that you are dedicated to setting high standards in academic settings. With this degree, you are able to pursue a career in education through a number of job opportunities that might have previously been unavailable to you. You can be a classroom educator in elementary, middle or high schools. Or if you prefer business settings, work with corporations as an adult trainer/educator. You can assist college students master advanced-level courses and help future elementary school teachers create new, more efficient methods of class instruction. Whatever you choose to do with your degree, you will have the knowledge and skill to succeed in your field. Here are a few occupations that you should consider:

College professor
A graduate degree in education will allow you to teach at a postsecondary academic institution. The intensive training and skills you learned during your master's program gives you the knowledge needed to conduct an advanced-level course. Secondary teachers who want to move on to a college environment find that earning a master's degree in education makes the transition into university-level courses easier. Elementary educators with a graduate degree will also be able to teach college students courses in early childhood education.

School counselor or psychologist
Many M.Ed. graduates opt out of the classroom but still want to work with students in a school setting. These people can find work as a school counselor or psychologist. In this position, you can work one-on-one with students who have behavioral, learning or emotional issues that arise during school time. You should also do some research on the specific school and state requirements of becoming a school counselor or psychologist. You may need additional training and education, but an M.Ed. degree will help you along the way.

Adult Education Trainer
People who have earned their M.Ed. degree can also work as part of corporate training as an adult education teacher. These educators spend time in a professional setting and are dedicated to helping adults learn. Companies hire adult educators for a variety of reasons. Executives might want to explain a change in policy a certain way, generate higher levels of efficiency and productivity, or raise corporate morale through education.

This article is sponsored by Western Governors University, a non-profit, accredited, online university. WGU's Teachers College offers multiple online degree programs for current teachers or those looking to become teachers. To find out more, please visit www.wgu.edu/wisecareers_teachers.

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