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The field of education offers a wide range of career opportunities for liberal arts graduates both within and outside the classroom.  The field of education offers a myriad of professional opportunities for an individual. Within education, teaching is the area most often thought; however, there are opportunities in education administration, curriculum development, governance and leadership, and educational research and policy.  An individual can choose to work within a public or private education setting, ad it is not uncommon for young professionals to start their career in the classroom as a teacher; then use the knowledge gained from their teaching experience to expand into other professional roles in education.

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Instructional Roles

Elementary, Middle/High School Teacher

This is one of the well-recognized roles in education. Individuals who are patient, innovative and organized may be well-suited for this career field. Aside from being knowledgeable in a subject area or a multitude of subject areas, other valued attributes a teacher should possess are: the ability to communicate, flexibility, and a collaborative spirit. They should appreciate working with youth, have great patience, enjoy public speaking, the ability to be firm and direct, possess compassion, explain concepts and ideas clearly, enjoy assisting someone to comprehend something they did not before, make plans which they can follow through, serve as an authority figure, and thrive on making a difference every day.  Additionally, teachers need to be adept working not only with students but also with administrators and parents. 

Post-Secondary/Higher Education Teaching

Postsecondary teachers educate students in diverse academic subjects and vocational areas that extend beyond the high school level. Teaching positions in colleges and universities require a PhD, and at minimum, a master’s degree for a community college. Aside from teaching, they also conduct research and publish academically. The education requirements vary with the subject taught and the type of academic institution. In additional to a degree, work experience may be important for obtaining a teaching position in a technical or trade school.

Special Education

A special education teacher works with students with disabilities defined by the American Disabilities Act as “An individual with a disability is a person who: (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; OR (2) has a record of such an impairment; OR (3) is regarded as having such an impairment.” The special education teacher, often working in partnership with the classroom teacher, adjusts the lesson plan to the students’ learning disabilities/style. The categories of disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) include: learning disabilities, speech or language impairments, mental impairment, emotional disturbance, multiple disabilities, hearing impairments, orthopedic impairments, visual impairments, autism (autism spectrum), combined deafness and blindness, traumatic brain injury, and other health impairments.

Note: Certification: Individuals interested in teaching need at minimum, a bachelor’s degree coupled with appropriate teaching certification, through a traditional education program or via alternative route certification program, in order to teach within a public school.  For those who opt to teach in the private school, a teaching certification may not be needed.  Each state in the U.S. may have different certification requirements, so it's important to check ahead of time.  Learn more here.

Teaching Abroad

There are two common routes to teaching abroad; teaching English as a second language, and teaching subject matter to students in international and American schools abroad. The majority of international or American schools prefer to hire certified teachers with teaching experience. If you are interested in pursuing work in an American or international school abroad, it would be more beneficial to apply directly to the schools that match your preferences once you have received your teaching certification. There are also placement agencies that will work with college graduates to match them with internships in international schools.  Teaching English as a second language is popular among recent graduates, who look for a year or two of experience prior to enrolling in advanced degree programs. Students who complete a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification are more prepared and competitive in the international teaching market; although it is not required for all teaching experiences. Some individual teaching programs help students with TEFL certification through their training programs. Usually these teaching programs require a fee to participate.

Tip: If you are interested in being a teacher, consider volunteering as a tutor with an organization such as New Haven Reads or serving as classroom assistant at a local school.  You may also find value in serving as a club adviser or team coach, getting a position as a camp counselor, or attending local education-related conferences to learn about current trends and issues. It is also important to gain experience with the specific age group you are interested in working with.  Consider joining an education-related campus organization or engage within the administrative offices of the local school district. Depending on your area of interest, you may engage in museum education programs, outdoor field programs, or health education.  Gaining direct experience will help you to identify your interest area(s) and add to your current skill set. You may also already possess the abilities and experience for this field through your valuable, transferable skills. Do you hold a leadership position within a student organization, or serve on a committee? Do you assist peers as a student technology assistant, counselor, or course teaching assistant? If so, you are already demonstrating ‘teaching’ skills – possessing attributes such as: leadership, team-building, organization, planning, and training.

Non-Instructional Roles

School Counselor

Work with students to assist them to develop their academic achievement, personal and social development. They are an integral member of the education team and work with other members of the staff to develop programs to support and boost student success. School counselors are employed in elementary, middle/junior high, and high schools.

Reading Specialists

Certified professionals who are responsible for the literacy performance of students. They develop academic plans, provide assessment, and lead efforts to ensure the quality of the school reading program.

School Librarians

Assist students in finding information from a variety of resources and maintain the school library collection. A master’s degree in library science is needed as well as additional requirements depending on the school, such as a teaching certificate or a degree in another field.

School Psychologists

Work in tandem with teachers and special education staff to assess a student’s needs and qualification for special education services. They work with parents, and may serve on committees to help determine the type and range of services that may be appropriate for the student. These educators are certified and licensed with a minimum of a master’s degree as well as national certification as required by some states.

Teaching Assistants/Associates

Work under a teacher’s supervision to provide students additional attention and instruction. A teaching assistant needs at minimum a high school diploma or an associate’s degree.

Education Policy

Education policy organizations research, analyze and distribute findings on strategic education policy issues. Research may be conducted at the local, state, and national levels to assess curriculum, student performance within schools, analysis of teaching methods, and strategies that may affect education in noteworthy ways to improve the excellence and adeptness of education. This field involves research, writing, data collection, and analysis.  Individuals who prosper possess not only a deep interest in, but also great understanding of, the field and may also be varied in their professional backgrounds such as: political science, economics, psychology, or sociology as examples of a few. It is not uncommon for professionals to begin their career in the classroom as a teacher; then use the knowledge gained from their teaching experience to move into such roles. Career opportunities can be at the local, state, or federal level as well as within an independent research organization.

Tip: Networking with individuals (through the Yale Career Network and LinkedIn) who are currently in the job that you are interested in is important. Learn about their career path and job responsibilities.  Professional organizations such as the American Council on Education, American Federation of Teachers, National Association of Independent Schools , National Education Association – to name a few, are great resources for networking  contacts and informational interviews. Some may post jobs and internships on their websites. These connections will be also valuable when you are ready to embark on your post-graduate job search. The key is to start engaging.

 

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Yale Sustainable Food Program

The Yale Sustainable Food Program (YSFP) is the steward of two multi-functional farms, one on central campus and the other situated within the Yale Landscape Lab on West Campus. On the farm, in the classroom, and around the world, the YSFP serves as a hub for diverse activities related to food, agriculture, health, and the environment.
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Yale Ulysses S. Grant Foundation

The Ulysses S. Grant Foundation is an academic summer program for talented and motivated middle school students from New Haven. Since 1953, U.S. Grant has drawn on the experience and enthusiasm of Yale undergraduates to challenge students so they can acquire the academic preparation and skills they will need to enter and succeed in college and excel in their current school environment. The program is designed for bright students who might have limited opportunities and resources to participate in academic enrichment activities.
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Yale Young Global Scholars

An official Yale University program, participants in the Yale Young Global Scholars Program for Outstanding High School Students can expect an amazing summer experience studying in beautiful campus lecture halls and classrooms, living in Yale’s historic residential colleges, eating in award-winning dining halls, meeting a talented community of fellow students, engaging with world-renowned professors, and interacting with extraordinary visiting practitioners.
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YES Prep Program

YES Prep is an open-enrollment public charter school system serving students grades six through twelve in Houston’s most disadvantaged communities.
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American Association for Employment in Education

AAEE strives to be the premier provider of information and resources to assist schools, colleges and universities in the employment of educators for staffing excellence in education. Our goal is to give members what they need to grow, learn, connect and serve.
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American Association of Community Colleges

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is the primary advocacy organization for the nation’s community colleges. The association represents nearly 1,200 two-year, associate degree–granting institutions and more than 13 million students.
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American Educational Research Association

The American Educational Research Association (AERA), a national research society, strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. It is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.
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Blueprint Fellows Program

The Blueprint Fellows Program is designed to accelerate student achievement in schools across the country. Fellows work to accelerate each student’s academic achievement as well as meet the individual learning needs of each of their students. Throughout the year Fellows are also building strong relationships with students to help to increase their self-confidence and commitment to their education. In this way, Fellows help ensure each student they serve is aware they can have a successful future, the ability to attend college, and can apply their skills to new challenges. Fellows generally start work in the summer but occasionally openings become available during the current school year.
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Boston Teacher Residency (Residency Program)

Boston Teacher Residency (BTR) was founded as a partnership of BPE and the Boston Public Schools with a mission to prepare excellent teachers for Boston’s children. Since graduating its first class in 2004, BTR and its network of graduates have helped spearhead a new movement in education reform — developing teachers in the areas of highest need, reversing trends in teacher retention, and receiving positive feedback from administrators across the city.
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Breakthrough Collaborative

As a pioneer in education reform, Breakthrough is more than an organization. We are a nationwide movement, tackling the achievement gap with a groundbreaking approach. Through our summer and school-year programs, we increase academic opportunity for highly motivated, underserved middle- and high-school students, putting them on the path to college. We are also the largest pre-service teacher-training program in the country, providing best-in-class pre-professional training for more than 1,000 undergraduate teaching fellows each year. As part of this commitment to developing the next generation of teachers, we offer leadership residencies for professional educators, who support our teaching fellows as instructional coaches.
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Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program

The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for more than 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. We champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation. Supported by foundation and corporate grants and individual donations, CDF advocates nationwide on behalf of children to ensure children are always a priority. We are a national organization with the capacity to work for children at federal, state and community levels across the country. We have our headquarters in Washington, D.C., and offices in California, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas. Through these offices, we expand our work into North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Jersey. CDF Haley Farm in Clinton, Tenn., is our home for spiritual renewal, character and leadership development, intergenerational mentoring, and interracial and interfaith dialog about children's issues.
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Democrats for Education Reform

Democrats for Education Reform aims to return the Democratic Party to its rightful place as a champion of children, first and foremost, in America’s public education systems. We support leaders in our party who have the courage to challenge a failing status quo and who believe that the severity of our nation’s educational crisis demands that we tackle this problem using every possible tool at our disposal. We believe that reforming broken public school systems cannot be accomplished by tinkering at the margins, but rather through bold and revolutionary leadership. This requires opening up the traditional top-down monopoly of most school systems and empowering all parents to access great schools for their children.
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Early Childhood Teacher

EarlyChildhoodTeacher.org is a website for and about current and aspiring early childhood educators. We have information on how to earn your teaching certification in each state, including early childhood education (ECE) degree programs, professional organizations, where to look for jobs and blogs to follow. Our blog is written by and for early childhood educators and is filled with advice and tips to help you become a better teacher.
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Education Week

Education Week is a United States national newspaper covering K–12 education. It is published by Editorial Projects in Education (EPE), a nonprofit organization, which is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland in Greater Washington DC. The newspaper publishes 37 issues a year, three of them special annual reports.
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Hess Educational Organization

Learning is a lifelong process. Each of our education programs links seamlessly with the next, allowing a continuous learning experience that progresses logically while building on and reinforcing prior knowledge. With more than 30 years of experience, we have refined our selection and training process to put only the very best teachers in our classrooms. At HESS, there is a symbiotic relationship between teaching and curriculum development. The people who write our materials also teach students and train other teachers with them. Being both an education and publishing company ensures that our teachers use the best methods to teach the most effective materials. We also recognize the inseparable relationship between reading and education, and through our bookstores, we support our students, parents, and the public at large with our education philosophy beyond the classroom.
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James Madison Foundation Fellowship Program

The James Madison Fellowship Program was created to address a particularly pressing need in the field of secondary education. This is the fundamental need to teach young people, who will be tomorrow's citizens, knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of limited government and constitutional liberty on which individual freedom and public good depend.
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Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

At CTY you will work with an exceptional group of students, make contacts and friendships with dynamic colleagues, and gain valuable experience in a rigorous academic community. CTY has consistently been named as one of the top internships in leading publications. We have a network of past employees now working in positions ranging from heads of school to deans of students to university professors.
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Journal of Teacher Education

The mission of the Journal of Teacher Education, the flagship journal of AACTE, is to serve as a research forum for a diverse group of scholars who are invested in the preparation and continued support of teachers and who can have a significant voice in discussions and decision-making around issues of teacher education. These issues include but are not limited to preparing teachers to effectively address the needs of marginalized youth, their families and communities; program design and impact; selection, recruitment and retention of teachers from underrepresented groups; local and national policy; accountability; and routes to certification.
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Jumpstart Program

Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students and community Corps members to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. Our proven curriculum helps children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for kindergarten, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late.
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Knowles Science Teaching Foundation

The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation was established by Janet H. and C. Harry Knowles in 1999 to increase the number of high quality high school science and mathematics teachers and ultimately improve math and science education in the United States. To achieve this mission, The KSTF Teaching Fellows Program, the Foundation’s signature program, awards exceptional young men and women with five-year, early-career Fellowships, empowering them to become primary agents of educational improvement. To date, there are more than 250 Teaching Fellows and Senior Fellows across 42 states.
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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (National Alliance) is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter movement.
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC): Job Search

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. The association comprises nearly 70,000 individual members of the early childhood community and more than 300 regional Affiliate chapters, all committed to delivering on the promise of high-quality early learning. Together, we work to achieve a collective vision: that all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential.
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC): Preschool Resources

The National Association for the Education of Young Children, the world’s largest organization for early childhood educators, has a magazine designed especially for preschool educators. Teaching Young Children (TYC) highlights current thinking on best practices in early childhood education, innovations in the field, research and its implications, and interesting ideas for and from preschool teachers. The articles and other features reinforce the accreditation criteria for the NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards on Relationships and Teaching and encourage effective teaching in the preschool years.
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National Association of Independent Schools

The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,800 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including more than 1,500 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S.
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National Education Association

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.
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National Employment Minority Network (Placement Agency)

Nemnet, a national Diversity Recruitment & Consulting Firm, is committed to assisting schools and organizations in the recruitment and retention of diverse teachers, administrators and coaches. Each year, Nemnet serves over 350 educational institutions and assists thousands of job seekers in their search for professional development and employment. We accomplish this through our Online Employment Center, Regional Diversity Career Fairs, Mobile App and Diversity Consulting Practice. Nemnet aspires to be the premier resource in the recruitment of teachers, administrators and coaches of color. Our primary goal is to serve as a resource to public and private schools [k-12], colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations nationwide.
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New Visions for Public Schools (Residency Program)

We are dedicated to ensuring that all New York City public school students, regardless of race or economic class, have access to a high-quality education that prepares them for the rigors of college and the workforce. Further, we are committed to sharing innovative tools, strategies and lessons learned in New Visions schools with others in New York and throughout the country to prove that meaningful change is achievable at scale and success is possible for every child.
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PreschoolTeacher.org

A positive preschool experience can have a lasting effect on a child that can be seen throughout their school years, and even into adulthood. Early childhood educators have a unique responsibility that comes with being the first teachers that young children come into contact with outside of the home. This puts them in a position to positively influence a young student’s attitudes toward school and learning, and to help instill positive habits that last a lifetime. The wide availability of state-funded preschool programs has helped ensure that nearly all children in America today have access to a safe, nurturing and supportive environment in which to learn during the early stages of development. With a special appreciation for the importance of early childhood education, PreSchoolTeacher.org was created to offer aspiring early childhood educators a source of free information when researching state licensing requirements, teacher preparation programs, salary expectations, continuing education requirements, and advanced degree options.
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Students for Education Reform

SFER primarily supports students who have overcome education inequality in heroic ways, have political will, are of the community and are often first-generation college students. We help these students organize their peers city- and state-wide to improve the issues barring so many American students from accessing college and opportunities.
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Success Academy

Success Academy is redefining what's possible in public education. Our dual mission is to: Build exceptional, world-class public schools that prove that all children from all backgrounds can succeed in college and life; serve as a catalyst and national model for education reform, and help change public policies that prevent so many children from having access to opportunity.
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Taft Academics Teaching Fellowships

A groundbreaking collaboration between the Penn Graduate School of Education and a consortium of the nation’s leading Boarding Schools, the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Residency Master's in Teaching (PRMT) program enables aspiring teachers to receive a Master’s degree in education while completing teaching fellowships at host schools. With an innovative and comprehensive curriculum designed specifically for the boarding schools’ unique setting, the program features intensive on-site sessions in combination with innovative and collaborative distance learning.
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The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education is the No. 1 source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. Based in Washington, D.C., The Chronicle has more than 70 writers, editors, and international correspondents.
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The Education Trust

The Education Trust is a national non-profit advocacy organization that promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels, particularly for students of color and low-income students. We were founded for one reason and one reason alone: to push, prod, and cajole our country toward educational justice.
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The Mind Trust: Education Entrepreneur Fellowship

The Mind Trust actively engages the communities & neighborhoods we serve to create buy-in for the schools we launch, as well as for broader efforts to reshape education. We also support and conduct research on critical issues and advance bold policy initiatives to create a landscape that fosters the growth of quality schools.
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The Rotary Foundation Grants

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The Rotary Foundation helps fund our humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives.
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The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need secondary schools in Georgia, Indiana, and New Jersey. Eligible applicants include current undergraduates, recent college graduates, midcareer professionals, and retirees who have majored in, or had careers in, STEM fields.
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tobecomeateacher.org

The primary purpose of tobecomeateacher.org is to offer would be educators an easy to navigate online platform that will help them learn more about specific teaching careers, along with arming them with the proper tools and tips to achieve their goal of becoming an educator.
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U.S. Department of Education

ED's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.
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Uncommon School Summer Teacher Fellowship

The Summer Teaching Fellowship (STF) is designed to introduce college juniors to teaching and urban education reform through experience in Uncommon’s classrooms and tailored professional development opportunities. Fellows develop the skills necessary for leading high-achieving urban classrooms through the mentorship, collaboration, and hands-on experience Uncommon Schools provides.