Education as an industry involves a wide variety of types of organizations. Although certified teaching opportunities are probably the most well-known job within this industry, there are teaching opportunities in private, independent, charter and parochial schools that do not require state certification.
Beyond teaching, working within education can include education consulting; higher education administration such as in student affairs, admissions, student services, and study abroad programs; education policy; teaching English abroad; international education; and education law.
Job Title Examples:
- Adult Education Teachers
- Environmental Education Program Directors
- Guidance Counselors
- Career and Employment Counselors
- Library, Media, and Information Science Specialists
- College and School Administrators
- College Professors
- Curriculum Developers
- Student Affairs Professionals
- Education Directors and Museum Teachers
- Teachers (Pre-K and K12)
- English as a Second Language Teachers
- Problem solving skills
- Critical thinking skills
- Communication skills
- Organizational skills
Education and Training:
- Teaching in public schools in the U.S. usually requires certification. In some states, college graduates can substitute teach in public schools. Check online for teaching qualifications.
Please note, it’s common for organizations in this industry to post directly to their own website’s employment pages. It’s recommended to also check these resources for opportunities.
- Archdiocese Chicago Catholic Schools
- National Catholic Education Association
- Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education
- Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers
Public School Teaching Fellows Programs
Post-Graduate Teaching Programs
- Comparison of Post-Graduate Teaching Programs
- TNTP Teaching Fellows
- The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships
- Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship
International Education Opportunities
- US Department of State Resources for Teaching Overseas
- Teaching Assistant Program in France
- St. Giles International - Teaching English as a Foreign Language
- Church World Services Opportunities
- Teach Abroad
- Putney Student Travel Instructor/Leaders Opportunities
- Progressive Policy Institute
- Peer Forward
- U.S. Department of Education
- Education Policy Institute
- Education Development Center
- Urban Institute Education Policy Center
- Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings
- The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education
- Academy for Educational Development
Education Administration, Programs, and Consulting
- New Teacher Project Staff Opportunities
- College Possible AmeriCorps Positions
- Peer Forward
- UDP Education Consulting
- Leading Education Reform UDP Blog
- Education Elements (Blended Learning - technology and instruction)
- Institute on International Education
Higher Education Administration
- Higher Education Jobs - Administrative
- Inside Higher Ed Careers
- Academic 360 internet resources for jobs in higher education
Teaching Placement Services
It is important to note that this industry may not be as active during the standard on-campus recruiting periods. Employers in these fields may operate on a different schedule based on full-time and internship needs.
Applying and Interviewing
Your resume will often be the first impression for a potential employer. You want to make sure that your resume is concise, direct, and specific. Ensure that your resume is tailored for the position and for the industry. Highlighting relevant coursework can demonstrate your fit for a particular position. Review our guide on resumes for more information on how to construct one.
A cover letter introduces you to a potential employer. Use the position description to make specific connections between your skills and experience and what the organization is looking for in a candidate. The cover letter should be concise and well-written—if a potential employer reads your cover letter and is intrigued, they will then read your resume. Your cover letter should not repeat your resume verbatim, but enhance it. Together the cover letter and resume can help land you an interview. Review our guide on cover letters for more information on how to construct one.
Most interviews will contain a mixture of resume based questions (questions about your past experience) and behavioral based questions (your ability to handle prospective situations at work. Most positions will begin with an interview that has a mix of these questions. Review our guide on common interview questions.
Preparation is extremely important for interviews. Research the company/organization, current and previous projects they’ve worked on, and even the people that you’re interviewing with. Knowing the differences between the type of educational program with which you are interviewing and other programs is also extremely beneficial. This will not only help provide talking points but will show your knowledge and genuine interest in the position. Utilize our resources on how to best prepare yourself to excel in your interview.
It’s also important to be aware that preparing a sample lesson plan and/or teaching a sample lesson may be required during the interview process.
- Career Paths
- NAFSA - Association of International Educators
- Association for Childhood Education International
- CIEE - Study abroad and intercultural exchange organization
- Institute of International Education
Education Administration and Consulting
Assistant Director, PreLaw, Government, Public Policy, Non-profits
- Best Buddies
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s
- Boys and Girls Clubs Volunteers of Notre Dame
- Building Tomorrow Notre Dame Chapter
- Camp Kesem
- College Mentors for Kids
- Domers Mentoring Kids
- Education Bridge of Notre Dame
- Fulbright Students' Association
- Students for Child-Oriented Policy
- Education Industry Group on Irish Compass
Teaching and Tutoring:
- City Year
- Breakthrough Collaborative
- TNTP Teaching Fellows
- Boston Teacher Residency
Education Administration and Consulting:
- College Possible
- Huron Higher Education Consulting
- Education Elements
- National Association for the Education of Young Children
- Institute for Higher Education Policy
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