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The Many Career Paths of Teaching

An education degree can lead to many other career paths besides being a classroom teacher.  Becoming a licensed teacher provides a background for other positions within the teaching profession.  Listed below are some of the career opportunities available to teachers in each certification area.  Some of these positions may require a master’s degree or a doctorate.

Pre-K-3

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    •    classroom teacher
    •    pre-school director
    •    pre-school/day care owner        
    •    reading/subject area specialist
    •    children’s book author

4 – 12

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    •    classroom teacher
    •    reading/subject area specialist
    •    juvenile court staff
    •    probation officer
    •    GED instructor
    •    company job trainer
    •    community college teacher
    •    vocational teacher
    •    writer of adolescent literature

K – 12 - Special Ed, Art, PE, Music:

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    •    classroom teacher
    •    health club owner/employee
    •    recreation programs
    •    athletic training
    •    wellness programs
    •    outdoor education
    •    hospitals
    •    institutions—group homes, youth
    •    centers, special facilities
    •    coaching
    •    museum staff
    •    artist
    •    performer
 

All Certifications:

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    •    nonprofit organization staff member
    •    Peace Corps
    •    ministry
    •    religious educator
    •    educational organizations: Tennessee
    •    Education Association, National Education Association, etc.
    •    education departments for local, state
    •    and national governments
    •    educational consultant
    •    college professor
    •    political office/government agency
    •    principal
    •    superintendent
    •    guidance counselor
    •    college counselor
    •    tutor
    •    camp director
    •    librarian
    •    museum educator
    •    after-school program director
    •    textbook/school supplies consultant
    •    writer/author—ed journals, websites, textbooks, fiction
    •    home school teacher
    •    information technologist
    •    parent program consultant
    •    tutor for hospitalized students
    •    homebound tutor
    •    law enforcement (youth programs)
    •    producer of children’s videos
    •    designer – children’s toys/games
    •    human resources
 
School of Education, Dept. 4154
UT-Chattanooga, 615 McCallie Ave.
Chattanooga, TN  423/425-1781
Linda-Johnston@utc.edu
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