Teachers can have great impact on the social, personal, and intellectual development of individuals. Their influence stems from a love of learning; a talent for awakening students to new modes of thinking; an understanding of the human development process; and professional skills. Teachers must have the ability to communicate, inspire trust and confidence, and motivate students, as well as understand their educational and emotional needs. They also should be organized, dependable, patient, and creative. A general description of teacher work activities includes: planning courses; instructing students; evaluating student performance; supervising student activities; performing administrative duties; advising students; interacting with faculty, parents, and employers; and keeping up with developments in the field. Although certification is required for public school teachers (k-12) in all 50 states, some states offer alternative teacher certification programs to attract otherwise qualified persons into the field. Aspiring teachers who need certification may also enter programs that grant a master's degree in education, as well as certification.

Most college and university faculty are in four academic ranks: professor, associate professor, assistant professor, and instructor. Four-year colleges and universities generally hire doctoral degree holders for full-time, tenure-track positions, but may hire master's degree holders or doctoral candidates for certain disciplines, such as the arts, or for part-time and temporary jobs. In two-year colleges, master's degree holders often qualify for full-time positions.

Related Career Titles for Education Majors

  • Adult Education Teacher
  • Alumni Relations Coordinator
  • Athletic Coach
  • Athletic Director
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Day Care Administrator
  • Education and Training Administrator
  • Education Management Specialist
  • Educational Administrator
  • Educational Materials Sales Rep.
  • Educational Resource Coordinator
  • Educational Therapist
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Employee Training Instructor
  • Financial Aid Counselor
  • Grant Writer
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Historic Site Administrator
  • Instructor, College/University
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Librarian
  • Library Consultant
  • Media Center Specialist
  • Missionary Worker
  • Physical Education Instructor
  • Preschool Administrator
  • Registrar/Admissions Director
  • Religious Institution Education Coord.
  • Resource Teacher
  • School Psychologist
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Social Services Volunteer
  • Special Education Administrator
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Student Admissions Administrator
  • Student Affairs Administrator
  • Student Personnel Administrator
  • Teacher, Adventure/Outdoor Ed.
  • Teacher, Handicapped Students
  • Teacher, Industrial Arts
  • Training Specialist
  • Tutor
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Some Employers of Education Majors:

  • Business and Industry
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Hospitals
  • Public and Private Schools
  • Camps
  • Community Centers
  • Libraries
  • State and Federal Government
  • Churches
  • Educational Publishers
  • Non Profits
  • Youth Services

Related Major Skills

  • Ability to teach / train
  • Explaining ideas clearly
  • Writing and presenting information
  • Decision making
  • Organization
  • Planning
  • Dealing with parents or guardians
  • Lesson planning
  • Summarizing ideas
  • Ability to teach students with different learning levels
  • Flexibility
  • Team player
  • Creativity
  • Computer skills



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