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A career in education helps people learn and grow, personally and/or professionally. While some careers may require advanced degrees and/or special licensure, the opportunity is ideal 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.

Career Information

The field of ‘education’ includes careers in teaching, instruction, and training; administration; research; academic and student support services; and much more! You could work in public, private, community, or higher-education institutions; within government or non-profit organizations; or within private companies. 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.

Job Titles & Descriptions

O*NET, a free online database, provides career information including job duties, salary, and job growth information for hundreds of careers. For more information, see this list of sample occupations by areas of education.

Job Opportunities

Some graduates gain experience through organizations that offer short-term (1-2 year) service opportunities that can help you build skills and experience related to Education. Some programs include: Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, City Year, Teach For America, as well as programs to Teach English Abroad.

Below is a small sampling of organizations and their positions that have recruited CLA students in the past. For a more comprehensive list of job openings, search GoldPASS.

  • Tutor, TutorMe
  • TRIO Upward Bound Advisor, Hennepin Technical College
  • Training Coordinator, Fast Enterprises, LLC
  • Assistant Early Childhood Education Teacher, St. David’s Center
  • Event Services Coordinator, University of Minnesota Student Unions & Activities
  • K-12 Substitute Teacher & Assistant, Teachers On Call
  • Education Navigator, MACC Commonwealth
  • City Year AmeriCorps Member, City Year Inc.
  • Academic Coach, Athletes Committed to Educating Students
  • School Psychologist, Hiawatha Valley Education District
  • Outdoor Education Instructor, YMCA Camp St. Croix
  • College Access Coach, College Possible
  • Summer Camp Counselor, Birch Trail Camp
  • Admissions Advisor, Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  • Ambulatory Client Training Specialist, Meditech
  • Behavior Therapist, Partners in Excellence
  • Parent Skills Educator, Reach for Resources, Inc.
Job Search Advice
  • Identify the causes and/or the population of people you want to work with (examples: youth, adults, professionals, people with disabilities, English language learners, etc.). This will help you narrow down what organizations to target your in job search.
  • Identify what type of role you are seeking (examples: teaching/instruction, direct support professional, administration, policy, curriculum design, grant writing, etc.) and reflect upon how your past experiences have prepared you for that role.
  • In your application materials, emphasize why you care about the mission of the institution or organization, as well as your related experiences.
  • Utilize contacts you know in the field for advice on job searching and for suggestions of contacts at other institutions or organizations in which you are interested.
  • Networking with other professionals in these kinds of occupations can help you learn more about how to gain entry into the field, and the kinds of work experiences that can be helpful to pursue before you earn additional credentials.
Job Search, Professional Organizations & Networking Websites
Prepare for this Career Field

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:

Volunteer
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. 

  • 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.

Take Courses
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.
Advice From Employers

“Make sure your passions are aligned with the mission of the organization.” –Teach for America, representative