What Can I Do With My Education Major?


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

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.

Skills Developed Through This Major

  • Designing lesson plans
  • Preparing & Developing Instruction Materials
  • Teaching/Training
  • Behavior Management
  • Communication
  • Assessing Student Performance and Progress
  • Special Needs Assessment
  • Critical Thinking
  • Administering Tests
  • Evaluation
  • Decision Making
  • Performing Administrative Duties
  • Preparing Reports

Sample Career Titles with This Degree

Paraprofessional Teacher Aide Tutor

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
Non-profit administrator    

Sample Employers

  • Public & Private Schools
  • Business & Industry
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Camps
  • Educational Publishers
  • Consulting Organizations
  • Preschool/Day Care Centers
  • Federal Education Agencies
  • Community Service Agencies
  • National Associations & Councils
  • US Affiliated Schools Abroad
  • Libraries
  • Department of Education (Government)
  • Non-Profit Organizations

Ways to Explore and Reality Test Careers

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.

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)

How to Increase Employability

  • 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.

Professional Association Links

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. 

Employment and Internship Links

See below for job posting sites related to this major


Kelly Moore Dunn
Education Dept. Chair
(603) 271-6484 x4163

31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4011

Academic Advising
31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4021
Fax: (603) 230-9306