The NHTI Education degree program prepares students to work in elementary, middle and secondary schools. The strong interpersonal and organizational skills of education majors also translate well to a multitude of fields. Graduates can work with students, including students with special needs, in a variety of settings. Pursuit of advanced degrees, beyond the associates, lead to K-12 teaching jobs which are expected to grow by 13 percent through 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Mathematics, science and bilingual education teachers are in particular demand, as are education majors who are licensed to teach more than one subject. Job prospects also tend to be higher in urban and rural school districts. Along with the Associate’s Degree, the NHTI Education Department also offers certificates in Education, Special Education and Teacher Education Conversion Programs.
Visit NHTI’s Education Department for information on degree and course offerings.
- Career Paths for This Major
- Skills Developed Through This Major
- Sample Career Titles with This Degree
- Sample Employers
- Ways to Explore and Reality Test Careers
- How to Increase Employability
- Professional Association Links
- Employment and Internship Links
When you graduate with this major, you will have work options that are varied and that depend upon your specific interests, abilities, work values, and hands on experience in the field.
Special interests and skills, for example foreign language skills or multi-media skills, can lead to unique career opportunities or simply enhance an individual’s educational approach and style. Advanced degrees lead to teaching opportunities in the areas of special education, preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and secondary education.
Teaching positions can also be found in non-school agencies such as adult education programs, non-profit organizations, recreation programs, and others. Non-teaching employment options include a wide variety of positions in school administration and support staff, professional associations, private agencies with educational programs, government offices, educational publishers and providers of a wide variety of educational resources and materials. Advanced education is required for some of these alternatives and can also lead to teaching or administrative opportunities at the college and university level.
- Designing lesson plans
- Preparing & Developing Instruction Materials
- Behavior Management
- Assessing Student Performance and Progress
- Special Needs Assessment
- Critical Thinking
- Administering Tests
- Decision Making
- Performing Administrative Duties
- Preparing Reports
Sample possibilities with advanced degrees (4-year college degree and beyond):
|Teacher: Elementary, middle and high school||Special Education Teacher||Resource Teacher|
|Adult Education instructor||Instructor (College/University)||Overseas Teacher|
|Child Development Specialist||Educational Administrator||Grant Writer|
|Curriculum Supervisor||Educational Materials Sales Representative||Media Center Specialist|
|School Librarian||Reading Specialist||Instructional Coordinator|
|School or Guidance Counselor||School Psychologist||Principal|
|Superintendent||Student Admissions Representative||Registrar|
|Financial Aid Advisor||Student Affairs Administrator||Training Specialist|
- Public & Private Schools
- Business & Industry
- Colleges & Universities
- Educational Publishers
- Consulting Organizations
- Preschool/Day Care Centers
- Federal Education Agencies
- Community Service Agencies
- National Associations & Councils
- US Affiliated Schools Abroad
- Department of Education (Government)
- Non-Profit Organizations
There are four key ways to explore your favorite career interests…through reading, through speaking with those in the know, through observing and through doing. Use the link(s) below to begin exploring major related careers through ‘reading’. Go to the Exploring Career Interests link to get tips on all four key exploration strategies.
- Teacher Assistants
- Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers
- Middle School Teachers
- High School Teachers
- Special Education Teachers
- Adult Literacy and GED Teachers
- Alternative Career Choices for Teachers
Additional sources of information for this major include:
- NHTI Faculty, Academic Advisors, and Education Department resources.
- Professionals who are working in the field
- Professional Associations (see below)
- Become an active student member of college, community, or professional associations, which helps you build leadership skills and promote connecting (networking) with fellow professionals.
- Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through part-time, full-time and summer employment/internship positions related to your targeted field/educational subject interest.
- Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.
- Work with age groups you hope to teach through recreational activities at camps or in civic programs, as a classroom paraprofessional, doing Sunday school teaching or substitute teaching.
Professionals who do work related to this major belong to these associations. You can use the links below to do career research and to connect with local association members. You may also be able to join an association of interest, at a reduced rate, as a student member.
See below for job posting sites related to this major
- NHTI Job Posting Site
- School Spring
- American Association for Employment in Education
- K-12 Jobs
- Education America Network
- Private School Teaching
- ESL Employment
- International School Services
- Teach For America