Jobs in Education

The United States needs well-trained teachers and education professionals more than ever. While elementary and secondary school enrollment is projected to increase between fall 2017 and fall 2027,1 the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) confirms an alarming shortage of well-qualified teachers.2

When you choose a career in education, you choose to positively impact the next generation of students. You choose to make a difference. And when you choose the University of Kansas School of Education and Human Sciences, you can rest assured your investment in education will pay off. Alumni across all of our online graduate education programs report a 26 percent average increase in salary three years after graduating.3

We invite you to explore your options for careers in education.

Career Paths Within K-12 School Districts

The following reflect career paths for those who want to directly interact with students on a daily basis, lead and guide teachers, and/or influence the policies designed to improve classroom outcomes.

In the Classroom
  • Preschool teacher
  • Elementary school teacher
  • Middle school teacher
  • High school teacher
  • Special education techer
In Administration
  • Assistant principal
  • Athletic director
  • Principal
  • Superintendant
In Curriculum
  • Content coach
  • Curriculum developer
  • Grade-level chair
  • Instructional coordinator
$12,370 the average base additional salary earned by teachers who hold master's degrees compared to those with bachelor's degrees, according to the National Center for Education Statistics; footnote 4
$98,750 mean annual education administrator salary in elementary and secondary schools in 2018, footnote 5
Curriculum-related positions may overlap with classroom teacher positions, and a graduate-level credential can put you at the top of the list for these roles.

Specific licensure, certification and/or endorsement requirements vary by state, and every student's situation is different.

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Careers in Education Outside the Traditional School Environment

An advanced degree in education doesn’t limit you to K-12 schools. The following roles reflect a few of the options available for those who want to pursue an alternative career in education in the public or private sector:

Adult literacy coach
Education policy analyst
Art therapist
Education consultant
State or federal staff
Occupational therapist
Female educator works with student on laptop

Consider Your Career Goals

What do you want to accomplish in your education career? If you enjoy working with students in the classroom, additional skills and credentials can render you a much more effective teacher or advocate in your current role.

If you want to advance your career and pursue a role as a principal, dean or other type of administrator, a master’s degree is often required.

100% Career Applicability; 100 percent of alumni report they are able to use what they learned in their program in their current role
Career Transformation/Advancement-- 26 percent changed or expect to change employers since beginning the program; 35 percent changed or expect to change role function since beginning the program
93% Program Satisfaction-- 93% of KU SOE alumni would recommend KU's online programs to a friend or colleague
KU Graduates celebrate in cap and gowns

Benefits of Joining the Jayhawk Family

When you enroll in an online graduate program at the KU School of Education and Human Sciences you become an integral part of a forward-thinking community of educators—and a Jayhawk for life. After graduation you can continue to tap into the Jayhawk network and various career resources.

IMPORTANT DATES

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Application Deadline
Aug 6
Fall 2021 Term
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Next Start
August 23
Fall 2021 Term

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Sources
  1. Retrieved on May 8, 2019, from nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=65
  2. Retrieved on May 8, 2019, from epi.org/publication/the-teacher-shortage-is-real-large-and-growing-and-worse-than-we-thought-the-first-report-in-the-perfect-storm-in-the-teacher-labor-market-series/
  3. Based on a limited sample of self-reported data from alumni of the University of Kansas School of Education and Human Sciences online programs in education from graduating cohorts between 2016 and 2018.
  4. Retrieved on May 8, 2019, from nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d17/tables/dt17_211.20.asp
  5. Retrieved on May 8, 2019, from www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes119032.htm
  6. Based on a limited sample of self-reported data from alumni of the University of Kansas School of Education and Human Sciences online programs in education from graduating cohorts between 2016 and 2018.