Careers with a master's of education

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Careers with a master's of education
Teaching isn't all you can do with an education degree. (Alistair Berg/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

A master's degree in education is often pursued by those who want to teach, or serve in an administrative position in schools. The curriculum tends to focus on specialised research, theory and techniques that aid in classroom instruction, and the management of a school. However, people who hold a master's degree in education can pursue other jobs, in addition to teaching.

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Significance

Most people who go back to graduate school to pursue a master's degree in education teach after they have obtained it. Most of these people teach students from elementary to high school, although some may go on to teach in community colleges and four-year universities. In state schools, teachers who have a master's degree earn more than teachers who have a bachelor's degree.

Types

According to Distance-Education.org, those who have a master's degree in education can also teach at teacher training facilities and children's camps, and work for adult education non-profit organisations. Those who hold a master's degree can also find jobs as social workers and education outreach specialists for organisations and institutions.

Function

A master's degree in education can also help teachers transition to a position as a school counsellor or psychologist, according to GradView.com, as well as an educational consultant for a company. The skills that a graduate student picks up while working on a degree in education include research, writing and management skills that can be applied to a variety of career fields, such as business, according to GradView.com.

Benefits

School administrators tend to have master's degrees in education, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and teachers can use this degree to work as an administrator in a school. School administration positions for teachers who have a master's degree in education include assistant principal, academic dean, director of financial aid and principal, according to EarnMyDegree.com. For teachers who hold a master's degree and are interested in ESL teaching jobs (English as a second language), holding a master's degree in education can also help to secure this type of position.

Business and Government

People who obtain a master's degree in education can also pursue careers in policy, such as working on educational policies for their states or for the government, as well as working for educational software companies and research companies. Those with a master's in education can even serve as television hosts for educational programs that require that the host has an advanced degree in education or extensive teaching experience.

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