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Careers

With an interdisciplinary degree and a teacher education certification, you’ll be prepared for the classroom.

But, remember, if apples and chalk aren’t your calling, this program prepares you for a lot of careers (but, a teacher education certification is never a bad idea). Here are a few career options this degree prepares you for:


K-12 Education

A degree and teacher certification is sufficient to prepare applicants for teaching positions in pre-school, elementary, middle, or secondary education in both public and private schools. Build your résumé and increase your employability by obtaining a master’s degree.

Should you decide that an administrative position would be a better fit, a Ph.D. and certificate in school administration may be necessary.

Special service positions, such as guidance counselor, school psychologist and special education teacher, require graduate study. Requirements for certification and/or accreditation vary by state.


Higher Education

Higher education offers many promising job opportunities at four-year or two-year institutions, technical schools or medical and professional schools. Jobs include teaching, research, administration, student affairs and information/library services. To gain experience as an undergraduate student, seek student leadership positions, such as Residential Assistant or Orientation Leader.

Professorial positions at a Four-year institution require a Ph.D, while many two-year institutions require only a Master’s degree. To obtain an upper-level administrative position, attain a Ph. D. in higher education administration.


Adult and Continuing Education

To attain a career in adult and continuing education, obtain teaching and instructional experience in conjunction with a Master’s or Ph. D. degree in adult education or another area of specialization. Some institutions may require certification or accreditation.

Positions in adult and continuing education include inservice education, staff development, professional development, leisure-oriented education, GED preparation, literacy development and English as a second language education. Common employers include K-12 school systems, boards of education, colleges and universities, two-year and technical schools, community organizations, correctional institutions, hospitals, museums, professional associations, nursing homes/adult day care and vocational services.


Business and Industry

If the business world beckons you, enroll in a few general business and computer courses and become familiar with desktop publishing and other software packages. Depending on the position, consider a graduate degree in human resource development.

Positions are often available in the following departments: training and development, human resources, sales, customer service, publishing, technical writing and consulting. Common employers include public and private corporations, consulting firms, marketing companies, bookstores, publishers, test-preparation companies, software companies, and staffing agencies.


Government

Many government positions are available in administration, planning, evaluation, management, research and writing, teaching and social work. To obtain a position, research federal, state, and local job application procedures. For top positions in government, gain experience and an advanced degree (typically Ph. D.).

Applicants interested in a position in government should consider applying to one of the following federal government agencies: Department of Education, Department of Defense, Overseas schools for military dependents, Department of Labor, Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC), Health and Human Services, Library of Congress, National Archives, National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Peace Corps, Social service agencies, Vista, State and local government.


Nonprofit

Give back to your community while starting a great career by working in the nonprofit sector. Before graduation, gain experience through volunteer work or internships. Develop writing and public speaking skills and learn to work with people of different ages and backgrounds. Certification in special education produces greater employability.

Common jobs include teaching or training, programming, public relations, administration, or fundraising. Employers include adoption agencies, scouts, camps, united way agencies, YMCA/YWCA, group homes, mental health clinics and community recreation centers.

 

*This information was prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2005)

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