Seek out opportunities, such as those listed below, to develop the 10 core career competencies. Oral & Written Communication, Teamwork & Leadership, Engaging Diversity, Innovation & Creativity, and Active Citizenship & Community Engagement are especially valued within Education. One of the best ways to prepare for a career in Education is to gain direct experience working with the populations you would like to serve or the types of organizations you are considering:
The Center for Community-Engaged Learning has advising staff that will help you get connected to one of the 300+ community organizations that match your interests. HECUA is a program that offers off-campus study that addresses some of the most important issues of our time. Semester-long HECUA programs incorporate classroom studies, an internship, and field work.
Pursue Internships or Fieldwork
For a more comprehensive list of job openings, search GoldPASS, a free database of internship, volunteer, and job postings for UMN students. Organizations that have hired CLA students in the past and roles held include:
- ACT Tutors, College Nannies & Tutors Edina Learning Center
- Business Development Intern, Course Hero Inc.
- Tumbling Instructor/Assistant Gymnastics Coach, Minneapolis Parks & Recreations Board
- Camp Counselor, Camp Esquagama
- Environmental Education Internship, North Lakeland Discovery Center
- Volunteer Classroom Leader, Athletes Committed to Educating Students
- STEM Summer Camp Instructor, ID Tech Camps
- Outdoor Curriculum Development Intern, YMCA
- Student Brand Ambassador, Kaplan Test Prep
- Algebra and Spanish Tutor, Tutor Doctor of Minneapolis
Talk with and Observe Professionals
Networking can help you explore a career field; start by doing informational interviews with and shadowing people who are in organizations or professions that are of interest to you. Find professionals by utilizing the “professional networking” tab on GoldPASS, using the LinkedIn Alumni Tool, and getting connected to professional organizations.
Join a Student Group
Get involved with a Student Group related to your major or interest areas to build a network, expertise, and skills related to the field of education.
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. However, if you would like more information on how to pursue teaching licensure programs at the University of Minnesota, check out these two resources: UMN DirecTrack to Teaching and teach.umn.edu.
- 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.