There are several different types of careers in education. Not everyone who wants to make an impact working with children is meant to be in the classroom. When people think of educational jobs they automatically think of teaching. Look around at any school and you will see an entire workforce population of people who are not teachers, but earn a great living and make a huge difference in the lives of students. Let’s take a look at some alternative careers in education.
This is one of the fastest rising positions in the educational field. Reading specialists diagnose students with reading problems, and then work diligently with them to correct the problems. Reading specialists do not work with large groups of students. They usually work one-on-one or in small groups of 2-4 students at a time.
Reading specialists also work with the student’s main teachers as well as parents. They will develop a reading plan and exercises that students can do at home in order to improve upon the problems that they are having. Reading specialists need a bachelor’s degree and teaching certification. Some positions require a master’s degree.
Instructional coordinators work behind the scenes developing courses and learning units. They often write the curriculum, choose the textbooks and reading materials, and make sure the course content meets or exceeds the state and national standards. They also work with instructors to ensure they properly deliver the content. Many instructional coordinators must have a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. Some require a bachelor’s degree. Candidates will need to have a teaching certificate.
These people are responsible for integrating technology into the classroom. They often choose hardware and software for schools to use. They develop programs that infuse learning and technology. Instructional designers develop technology solutions for teachers and students. These types of positions require a lot of technology and multimedia training as well as education.
School counselors typically work with students one-on-one or in groups. They assists students with academic and personal problems depending on their background. Some counselors only assist with educational issues such as academic performance, career planning, course selection, and student development. Others work with students who may have mental health issues.
School counselors work with students at all levels from primary to postsecondary. Most positions require a master’s degree in social work, school counseling, or mental health counseling. Some positions require the employee to have an active mental health license and other credentials.