Exploring a Career in Education
Interested in pursuing a career in education?
Here are a few key resources:
Curious about what you might do with a career in education, and what skills you'll gain from each major in education? See our PDF booklet for a description of each major in the College of Education and potential careers. You might be surprised!
Education Career Advising
Advising for careers in Education is coordinated by a career counselor who is a specialist in careers and job searching in Education. This person, in addition to your academic advisor, is here as a resource for you. Make an appointment with this counselor to discuss your options.
Choice of major
Does UVM have education majors? Yes. For a list of academic programs in the College of Education and Social Services, visit this website.
Should I major in the field I'd like to teach? If you are certain that you want to teach after graduating from college, it probably makes the most sense to major in education since completing one of those major/degree programs will allow you to apply for your teaching license. In addition to completing your education major, you will complete a subject area major. You will also need to decide the level you'd like to teach - elementary, middle or secondary level.
What if I've already graduated in a non-education major? You have a few different options to explore. One option would be to pursue a Master's degree in teaching. Many of these programs are accelerated year long programs and are designed to teach you how to teach. It is usually expected that you majored in or have taken a requisite number of classes in the content/subject you plan to teach. Another option would be to explore Teaching Fellowship programs which are generally competitive two year programs through which you will teach in under resourced schools and earn your teaching license. There are often options to pursue graduate degrees through such fellowship programs. Another option would be to explore teaching at a private or independent school. Many private or independent schools do not require you to hold a teaching license.
Preparing for a Career in Education
Want a teaching job, but aren't sure where to start? See our action plan for finding a teaching job.
Resources and Next Steps
Download our Educator Resource Handbook for resume and cover letter samples, websites to help you search, links for information on obtaining licensure, and more.
See our sample resumes and resume-writing tips, including sample teaching resumes.
Curious about cover letters? See our sample teaching cover letters.
Education Job Search Links
School and School District Locators
Find information about individual K-12 schools or school districts in the United States at the following resources (including public, private and boarding schools).
- American School Directory
- Boarding School Review
- High Schools.com
- National Public School District Locator
- Private School Review
- Public School Review
- Vermont Schools on the Web
Government Educational Agencies
The following web sites include state and federal Departments of Education and information on teacher certification across states.
- Educational Resources Organizations Directory
- United States Department of Education
- Vermont Department of Education
- Massachusetts Department of Education
- University of Kentucky's Education Certification
Education Web pages Including Employment Listings
These web sites include K-12 education job search databases and other resources for teachers.
- K-12 Academics
- K-12 Jobs
- Nation Job
- National Education Association
- Project Connect (username: teacher, password: aswan)
- Southern Teachers
- Teach for America
- Teachers - Teachers.com
- Teaching Certification
- The Academic Employment Network
- The American Association for Employment in Education
Learn more about independent and private schools in the United States and beyond by visiting some of these web sites.
- Carney, Sandoe, and Associates
- National Association of Independent Schools
- The Association of Boarding Schools
- The Education Group
The web sites listed here offer more information about teaching abroad, including job listings and other important resources.
- Dave's ESL Cafe
- International School Services
- Go Teach Abroad
- Overseas Teacher's Digest
- The Association of American Schools in South America
- The European Council of International Schools
- The International Educator
- Transitions Abroad
- U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Dependents Schools
- U.S. Dept. of State Overseas Schools
- U.S. Peace Corps
- University of Northern Iowa - Overseas Placement Service
General Job Search Sites
Additional resources to aid in your teaching job search.
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