Loyola University Maryland

The Rizzo Career Center

Elementary Education

Overview of Major
Potential Job Titles 
Examples of Internships
Possible Career Fields
Possible Work Settings
Important Skills and Abilities
Sample Web Resources
Sample Graduate Programs Pursued by Elementary Education Majors
Where Recent Elementary Education Graduates Were Hired  

Overview of Major

Through field experiences and service-learning courses, education majors obtain experience working with diverse children in urban & suburban school settings. Majors are placed in a school setting every semester. The program satisfies course requirements for certification in Maryland with possible reciprocity in all 50 states.


Potential Job Titles

  • Teacher (Substitute)
  • Student Coordinator
  • College Advisor
  • Paraprofessional
  • Service Leader
  • Admissions Counselor
  • Instructive Assistant
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Special Events Associate
  • Paraeducator
  • Curriculum Developer
  • English as a Second Language Instructor
  • Reading Specialist Assistant
  • Coach
  • Youth Education Series Program
  • Daycare Classroom Leader Facilitator

Examples of Internships

  • Anne Arundel Public Schools
  • Camp Airy & Camp Louise
  • Baltimore County/City Public Schools
  • Associated Catholic Charities
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Delaware Investments
  • Villa Maria
  • The Shakespeare Project
  • The Forbush School, Sheppard Pratt
  • National Aquarium, Baltimore
  • Schools for the Deaf or Blind
  • The Baltimore Zoo
  • Head Start Programs
  • ESF Summer Camp
  • Maryland Science Center
  • Archdiocese of Baltimore Schools

Possible Career Fields


  • teaching
  • administration
  • special services (guidance counseling)
  • school psychology & social work
  • library/information services
  • curriculum supervision
  • occupational & physical therapy

Higher Education

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Administration
  • Student affairs
  • Information/library services

Adult and Continuing Education

  • In-service education
  • Staff & professional development
  • Leisure-oriented education
  • GED preparation
  • Literacy development
  • English as a second language

Business and Industry

  • Training and development
  • Human resources
  • Sales
  • Consulting
  • Customer service
  • Publishing and technical writing


  • Administration
  • Planning
  • Evaluation
  • Management
  • Teaching
  • Research & writing
  • Social work


  • Teaching or training
  • Programming
  • Public relations
  • Administration
  • Fundraising

Possible Work Settings

  • Elementary, middle, high schools
  • Daycare centers
  • Camps
  • Boards of education
  • Colleges & universities
  • Technical schools
  • Community organizations
  • Correctional institutions
  • Hospitals
  • Group & nursing homes
  • Vocation services
  • Museums
  • Publishers
  • Consulting firms
  • Marketing companies
  • Staffing agencies
  • Test prep companies
  • Local, state & federal government
  • Scouts
  • Non-profits
  • United way
  • Adoption agencies
  • Rec centers

Important Skills and Abilities

  • Communication & interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Public speaking
  • Teaching & instructing
  • Creativity
  • Computer
  • Motivational
  • Work well under pressure
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making
  • Planning
  • Organized & detailed
  • Deadline oriented

Sample Web Resources

Sample Graduate Programs Pursued by Elementary Education Majors

  • MEd, Special Education
  • MA, Education
  • MA/MEd, Reading Specialist
  • MEd, Curriculum & Instruction
  • MA, School Counseling
  • MEd, Adult Education
  • MA, College Student Development
  • MS in Education, Literacy Instruction
  • Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership

Where Recent Elementary Education Graduates Were Hired

The Career Center at Loyola University Maryland conducts an annual follow-up survey with new Loyola graduates between six and nine months after Commencement to paint a comprehensive picture of the professional paths each class has chosen. 

Here's a snapshot of where our elementary education majors were hired or went on to graduate school:


Achievement Prep Academy - 1st Grade teacher
Baltimore City Public Schools - Teacher (3), 5th Grade Teacher, 1st Grade Teacher
Baltimore County Public Schools - Elementary teacher, 4th Grade Teacher
Brook Field Primary School - Kindergarten Teacher
Catholic Schools of Fairbanks -  Teacher 
Equinox Children's Program - Coordinator
Holabird Academy - Teacher
Howard County Public School System - Substitute Teacher
Lakeland Elementary/Middle School - Teacher 
Life Teen - Life Teen Missionary
Pennsauken Public Schools - Elementary Teacher 
St Theresa of Avila School - Elementary School Teacher 
St. John the Evangelist - 4th Grade Teacher

Graduate/Professional Schools

Boston College - M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education: Moderate Needs
Loyola University Maryland - M.Ed., Special Education (7)
St. John's University - Advanced Certificate in Literacy
Wilmington University - Teacher of Reading


Jerrod Ridgway

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