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 36% average increase in salary three years after graduating.3
Data provided by The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts K-12 teaching occupations, including special education and principals, are growing an average of 8%, while instructional coordinators are expected to grow as fast as 13% in the job market between 2018 and 2028.4,5,6,7
We invite you to explore your options for careers in education.
With a KU degree, you're a lot more marketable. I have heard, through word of mouth and from those hiring, KU is such a top program, especially in the field of special education. KU puts us at the forefront for being hired over other candidates. I look forward to all of the opportunities to come and to utilizing the degree that I just earned.
Earn More with a KU Online Education Master’s Degree
Master’s degrees in education provide a positive return on investment, increasing marketability and earnings.
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.
- Preschool teacher
- Elementary school teacher
- Middle school teacher
- High school teacher
- Special education techer
- Assistant principal
- Athletic director
- Content coach
- Curriculum developer
- Grade-level chair
- Instructional coordinator
“In my current role, I support teachers working with students with ASD. Thanks to my coursework and my professors, I have the knowledge and skills to take on this new role and succeed. I am so grateful for my time at KU and I'm really looking forward to the next steps in my career.”
M.S.E. in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (Behavioral Track)
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:
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.
"I’ve received compliments from my administrators on the quality of my teaching and the knowledge that I bring. When I’ve gone to IEP meetings, I’ve been complimented on my knowledge of special education law, my knowledge of different disabilities and ways to support the students. That's all thanks to KU’s high incidence and ASD programs."
Sydney Castonguay ‘20
M.S.E. in High Incidence Disabilities (Teacher Track), Graduate Certificate: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
The Value of KU’s Graduate Programs in Education12
Enrolling in the Secondary Education and Transition Master’s program was one of the wisest decisions I have ever made. I have been a Transition Coordinator for about 10 years, but once I enrolled in this program, I learned so much more. I have been able to—during the program and up to today—elevate the transition program at our school district.
Benefits of Joining the Jayhawk Family
When you enroll in an online graduate program in education at the KU School of Education, ranked a Top 10 Best Education School (among public universities),13 you become an integral part of a forward-thinking community of educators—and a Jayhawk for life.
We support you both during your time in the program, through your assigned Student Success Coordinator, and after graduation, at which point you can continue to tap into the Jayhawk network and various career resources.
- Retrieved on May 8, 2019, from nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=65
- 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/
- Based on a limited sample of self-reported data from alumni of the University of Kansas School of Education and Human Services online programs in education from graduating cohorts between 2019 and 2021.
- Retrieved on November 4, 2021, from bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/special-education-teachers.htm
- Retrieved on November 4, 2021, from bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/high-school-teachers.htm
- Retrieved on November 4, 2021, from bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/instructional-coordinators.htm
- Retrieved on November 4, 2021, from bls.gov/ooh/management/elementary-middle-and-high-school-principals.htm
- Retrieved on November 4, 2021, from bls.gov/careeroutlook/2015/article/should-i-get-a-masters-degree.htm
- Retrieved on November 4, 2021, from ed.gov/policy/highered/reg/hearulemaking/2011/collegepayoff.pdf
- Retrieved on May 8, 2019, from nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d17/tables/dt17_211.20.asp
- Retrieved on May 8, 2019, from www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes119032.htm
- Based on a limited sample of self-reported data from alumni of the University of Kansas School of Education online programs in education from graduating cohorts between 2016 and 2018.
- Retrieved on May 8, 2019, from usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/university-of-kansas-155317/overall-rankings