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Career Opportunities with a Major in Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education

Upon acquiring licensure, which is required in all 50 states, individuals interested in Early Childhood, Elementary, & Secondary Education can pursue a career in public or private school districts, or in other related fields. Graduates in Early Childhood Education are prepared to work with pre-primary, as well as primary-aged children, in both public and private sectors. With additional coursework, they can become specialized in parent education, special education, bilingual / bicultural, and literacy. Licensure in Elementary Education prepares students to teach children in grades K-6.

As increasing numbers of teachers retire and the school population grows, opportunities for new teachers occur. Students are encouraged to increase their marketability by minoring in an area of educational specialization such as bilingual / bicultural, early childhood, parenting, reading, and special education. The Department of Secondary Education prepares teacher candidates for teaching careers in 12 subject areas. The program requires quality, intensive field experiences in urban middle and high schools and requires the preparation of a "teacher candidate portfolio" representing professional knowledge and skills.

Skills Related To Early Childhood, Elementary, & Secondary Education 

  • Comprehensive command of grammar and vocabulary

  • Good listening, clarifying, questioning, and responding skills

  • Ability to teach / train and explain ideas clearly

  • Proficient in interpersonal, oral, and written communications

  • Ability to maintain composure in stressful situations

  • Relate well with people of differing personalities and backgrounds

  • Understanding of educational theories and practices

  • Confidence in writing and presenting information

  • Sound organizational skills and lesson planning

  • Ability in dealing with parents or guardians

  • Ability to teach students with different learning levels

  • Flexibility, creativity and ability to work in groups

Potential Careers Related to Early Childhood, Elementary, & Secondary Education

The following list is a representative sample of job titles for individuals in Early Childhood, Elementary, & Secondary Education. The list represents some, but certainly not all, careers which individuals in Early Childhood, Elementary, & Secondary Education may consider.

Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor's degree.

Adult Education Teacher Assistant Principal Audiovisual Specialist
Author Camp Counselor Career counselor
College Dean Health Educator Computer Specialist
Counselor Curriculum Supervisor Education Consultant
Educational Therapist Elementary Teacher Librarian
Overseas Educator Training Specialist Preschool Teacher
Program Director Publisher/Editor Resource Assistant
School Counselor School Psychologist Secondary Teacher
Special Education Teacher Speech Pathologist Substitute Teacher
Superintendent Training Instructor Tutor


Employers In Early Childhood, Elementary, & Secondary Education

  • Boards of Education

  • Bookstores

  • Colleges/Universities

  • Community Organizations

  • Day Care Centers

  • Educational Material Firms

  • Elementary Schools

  • Government Agencies

  • Libraries

  • Nursery Schools

  • Orphanages

  • Overseas Education Institutions

  • Research Firms

  • Secondary Schools

Professional Organizations In This Field

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The above information is collected from alumni surveys of numerous colleges, professional associations, and multiple print and online resources.

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