Receiving a higher degree or additional certification can be a great way to advance your career or get into a new field within education. Current educators already have fulfilled the basic requirements for teaching, so the process for advancement is much easier than if just starting out. To advance your career or change your career path as a current educator, you only need to receive the additional educational training and new certification for the specific position you aspire to.
For example, a teacher who wants to move into a counseling position or into administration has already fulfilled the teaching experience aspect of the certification process. That teacher will only need the additional education, often a master's degree, and to apply for the new certificate.
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When continuing your education and professional training, there are a wide range of degree options that can help you become a more confident and efficient teacher or take you out of the classroom into other areas. It is important to understand what career opportunities exist and what is required of you before you begin the process. Once you make your decision, we can help you find the right program.
Here are some career options for teachers after completing a higher degree:
Continue teaching While many of the continued education career paths can take you out of the classroom, a higher degree can also help you become a more effective educator. By getting a master's degree in education, you can gain a better understanding of the learning process and of how to reach your students. For teaching at the high school level, where subject specialization is required, getting a master's degree can give you an even greater understanding of your subject to aid your instruction. You can also pursue a degree in another area if you would like to teach a different subject and apply for new certification. Learn more about master's degrees in:
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In order to move into an administration position such as vice principal, principal or superintendent, a master's degree in the field is required. However, when moving into an administration position, it may be beneficial to earn an Ed.D. or Ph.D. in educational administration or a similar program. Leadership positions can be very rewarding jobs because you interact not only with the students, but with the teachers as well. This gives you the chance to inspire teachers to enjoy teaching and to become more effective educators.
If you want to be an administrator, you must be recommended for principal licensure by the dean or head of your program and complete the Entry Year Program for Principals, after which you may apply for a Professional Principal's License.
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Another rewarding career path to consider is school counseling. There is much more to counseling than just helping students get their classes or preparing them for graduation or college. Counselors at the middle school and high school level also help the students with their identity and to grow emotionally during some of the most important and influential periods.
Teaching Special Education is very demanding and challenging, yet it can also be a very fulfilling and rewarding career choice. SPED teachers work with kids with disabilities ranging from learning disorders, speech, hearing or language impairments, to children with emotional behavioral problems, physical disabilities, or neural development or neurobehavioral disorders such as autism and ADHD.