Some Surprising Ways to Use Your Teaching Degree

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There is no denying that teachers are basically superheroes. They work tirelessly to support students in learning academic skills, in addition to social and emotional competencies. They teach students basic subjects such as math and science while helping them develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

A teacher's life is anything but simple. On any given day, they can work on activities such as:

  • Creating lesson plans
  • Teaching students
  • Supporting students in working together
  • Evaluating strengths and weaknesses
  • Instructing entire classes and small groups
  • Assessing student work
  • Communicating with parents and colleagues
  • Helping students overcome challenges
  • Establishing classroom culture and rules.

Teachers also determine how to deliver content. Some use a hands-on approach, while others rely on technology. Teachers model how to complete assignments or learn skills and then gradually release students to do their own work.

After earning their teaching degree, graduates have many options about what type of career they might pursue. Some choose to take a traditional route into the classroom, while others use the skills that they learned during their teaching degree programs and apply them in contexts other than education jobs.

Roles in Education

Teachers can specialize in certain areas and may find classroom jobs to suit their interests. Teaching degree graduates may become a kindergarten or elementary school teachers, or art and music teachers. Teachers can also specialize in certain subjects and teach at the middle school and high school levels, including biology or English.

Teachers who stay in education may also decide to work with students with special needs and earn a special education teaching degree. Other teachers may work directly with students who speak a language other than English. Some teachers earn advanced degrees and become curriculum specialists or school administrators.

Roles Outside of Education

The skills learned during a teaching degree can be applied in many careers. Teaching degree graduates may further their education and go on to work as social workers or counselors. They might become librarians or work as research assistants. Teaching degree graduates could also put their instructional practice to use as corporate trainers for human resources department, or as instructional designers who create training for employees at businesses and corporations. Many technology companies focus on education and hire people with teaching degrees to help them develop products that can support client learning.

If you are ready to earn your teaching degree, you have a lot of options about what to do once you graduate. Join us at Grand Canyon University’s College of Education to earn your bachelor's degree in education in educational studies, elementary education or special education.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University.

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