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Elementary Education

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Overview of major
Potential job titles 
Examples of internships
Possible career fields
Possible work settings
Important skills and abilities
Sample web resources
Print resources
Sample graduate programs pursued by Elementary Education majors 

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.

Resources

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

K-12

  • 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 Contiuing Education

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

Business and Industry

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

Government

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

Non-profit

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

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
  • Pubishers
  • 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

Print resources

(All available in the Career Resource Library in The Career Center)

  • Careers in Education (ED Category)
  • Careers in Child Care (ED Category
  • Inside Secrets of Finding a Teaching Job (ED Category)
  • Teaching English Abroad (INT Category)
  • Non-Profits & Education Job Finder (NP Section)
  • Career Alternatives for Teachers (ED Section)
  • Career for Caring People (CP Section)
  • How to Write a Winning Personal Statement for Graduate and Professional School (Grad Section)
  • Graduate Programs: Business, Education, Health, Information Studies, Law & Social Work (Grad Section)

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

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