The path an aspiring teacher takes towards earning a teaching degree is largely decided by what type of teacher that person wants to become. Prospective teachers should reflect on what age group they wish to teach and how that choice might be affected by the state they want to teach in and the options offered by the school where their teaching training might take place.
Teachers can choose to teach in one of the following categories:
- Childhood Education
- General Teaching
- Special Ed Teaching
If you are not interested in classroom teaching, there are other options available for those with a teaching degree.
With a teaching degree, you are qualified to tutor students in your area of expertise. Unlike teaching in a classroom, tutoring will allow you to interact one-on-one with individual students. This personal interaction can be quite rewarding because it allows you to see the progress your students are making. Another good thing about tutoring is that it pays well (between $20-60/hour, depending on the subject you are tutoring and where you live). Tutors also aren’t required to stand on their feet for extended periods of time. Moreover, they don’t have additional duties (like overseeing the lunchroom or monitoring the halls). Becoming a tutor is easy. You just have to get the word out about your services to schools and parents through a variety of marketing techniques including ads, fliers and a website.
Educational Consultant/Curriculum Developer
Besides teaching and tutoring, you might also consider becoming an educational consultant. Many companies develop books, teaching aides, and other educational materials for school districts. So they often hire teachers like you as consultants to give them feedback on various products they are developing. They also like to employ people with teaching backgrounds to help them sell their products at schools across the country. In addition, school book publishers need people with teaching degrees to help them develop their textbooks, workbooks, audio/visual aids, etc. They like to have teachers do this work because they consider people like you to be experts in your field.
Corporate Trainer and Writer
Another option for you to pursue if you have a teaching degree is the job of corporate trainer. Companies figure that those qualified to teach also have the credentials to train their employees since they are already proficient public speakers and have the background to assess the progress of individuals through a variety of written and oral assessment methods. Many corporations will also hire teachers to write communications for them. Depending on the major field of study of the teacher in question, corporations will hire teaching experts to explain their processes in the form of written manuals, reports, and other correspondence for both their employees and clients. So if you are a certified science teacher, you might be hired by a company that manufactures various chemicals to write in a clear, concise way about the company and its products.