University of Vermont

CESS Secondary Education Major

Secondary Education

Alumni with degrees in Secondary Education, part of the Teacher Education Program within the College of Education and Social Services, pursue a wide variety of careers directly and indirectly related to their course of study. It is important to note that Secondary Education majors must select a specific subject track, such as history, language arts, science, etc. for which they will seek certification. This is a representative sample of job titles from recent UVM alumni who majored in Secondary Education.

Job Title

Career Industry

Teacher, 9-12th Grades, all subjects High School Education
Account Manager Financial Services
Assistant Dean, Academic Services Higher Education
Associate Director Collegiate Athletics
Attorney Legal Services
Community Outreach Director Non-Profit Organization
Human Resources and Wellness Specialist Insurance
Parks Regional Manager State Government
School Counselor Elementary Education

Recent Employers

AARP Merrill Lynch & Company
United States Ski Team Paramount Pictures
United States Government National College Athletics Association

Transferable Skills

In addition to the specialized material you study in your major, you will also gain useful transferable skills. Remember: it is essential to be able to articulate the skills you have gained.

Examples of transferable skills fostered while majoring in Secondary Education

Critical Thinking Skills

Leadership and Administration Skills

Communication Skills

Makes informed decisions
Uses creativity to solve problems
Good judgment
Thinks quickly

Ability to hold an audience’s attention
Flexible and creative in dealing with stress
Adherence to deadlines

Explains ideas clearly
Clear written and oral communication
Listens and interprets effectively

Research and Investigation Skills

Design and Planning Skills

Information Management Skills

Research in teaching and assessment practices
Participates ethically in research activities
Uses appropriate assessment techniques to enhance teaching and learning

Ability to write and implement creative and effective lesson plans
Use of strengths and weaknesses to improve performance

Organizes materials, information, and records
Summarizes ideas and theories
Uses new technology to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom

Interpersonal Skills

Skills and Assessing Values

Specialized Skills

Works well on a team
Understands group dynamics
Collaborates with supervisors, peers, and students to create a beneficial learning community

Ability to teach students at different learning levels
Works with diverse populations
Understanding of the needs of various individuals and groups

Ability to communicate information about children to parents and guardians
Masters appropriate discipline to engage students in meaningful learning experiences

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