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Through a career in education, you will be directly or indirectly involved with helping people learn and grow, personally and/or professionally. While some careers may require advanced degrees and/or special licensure, there are many options for liberal arts students who have a desire to help others within the field of Education with a bachelor’s degree. You do NOT need to major in education to work in education or be considered an educator.
The field of ‘Education’ is defined broadly, and includes careers in teaching, instruction, and training; administration; research; academic and student support services; and much more! Some examples include teaching students in a classroom, providing training to employees in a business, designing curriculum or policies, or providing support to educators and students. Additionally, you could work in public, private, community, or higher-education institutions; within government or non-profit organizations; or within private companies.
There is not one major or minor that will prepare you for this field as there are many pathways into this profession, especially if you are pursuing an educator role that does not require licensure. Many initial licensure programs require a bachelor's degree first; you will have a comprehensive knowledge of your chosen subject matter, and then study at the graduate level to become a teacher. DirecTrack to Teaching is for current U of M freshmen and sophomores who want to explore the education field and get on the path to admission to the graduate teacher licensure program. You’ll stay in your major and college while taking education-related courses, doing service-learning in local classrooms, and building relationships with other future teachers on campus.
As you explore the career information below, consider what type of role may be a good fit for you and how you can not only gain experience in educational settings with different populations but also gain skills for the particular job role you would like to have.
Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities in this career field!