101 Careers in Education

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101 Careers in Education

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Author: John Carlson PhD, Richard Carlson MA


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Education is a rewarding area of work that provides some of the most diverse career opportunities of any field. Written by educators with real-world knowledge of the profession, this information-packed guide provides the career explorer with concise information on the necessary skills, training, certification/licensure, compensation, and employment outlook for over 100 careers in a wide range of education settings.

This book describes careers that range from working with very young children to positions in traditional K-12 schools to educating adults in organizational settings. It discusses careers suitable for those who enjoy working with people as well as careers for individuals who are more comfortable with information or ideas. A particularly useful feature is information about alternative paths to working in education for those with degrees in related service professions. Careers outside of traditional settings include work in adult education, independent education, business or government settings, community-based educational services, and part-time opportunities, to name a few. Special attention is paid to positions in STEM and educational technology, one of education's fastest-growing careers, and careers of leadership including management, innovation, and accountability. The authors also provide a guide to self-assessment that helps readers to learn about those careers that best match their interests and temperament. Interviews with education professionals in a variety of arenas, such as middle school foreign language teacher, special education teacher, Head Start coordinator, and college athletic director, offer an in-depth look at different career opportunities.

Key Features:

  • Covers 101 careers including necessary skills, training, certification/licensure, compensation, and employment outlook
  • Includes career options for new teachers, those changing careers within education, and those seeking education as a second career
  • Includes many career options outside of traditional school settings
  • Presents interviews with 23 individuals in different educational positions
  • Provides self-assessment questions, information pertaining to professional development, and guidance on the job-search process

Product Details 

  • Publication Date September 16, 2015
  • Page Count 356
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826199843
  • EISBN 9780826199850

About The Author(s) 

John S. Carlson, PhD, NCSP, is a professor, doctoral program director, and director of clinical training of the School Psychology Program within the College of Education at Michigan State University (MSU). He is a licensed psychologist (Michigan) and holds a BS degree in child psychology from the University of Minnesota and MA and PhD degrees in school psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He completed his predoctoral internship in the Department of Psychiatry, Primary Children’s Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. In addition to his faculty work at MSU, Dr. Carlson provides mental health consultation to children, families, and schools within his private practice, Child and Adolescent Psychological Services, PLC, in East Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Carlson recently finished his term as associate editor of Journal of School Psychology, a leading peer-reviewed journal within the field of educational psychology. Dr. Carlson has authored or coauthored over 50 articles within peer-reviewed journals and chapters within books. He recently coauthored a book titled Counseling Students in Levels 2 and 3: A PBIS/RTI Guide. During his tenure at MSU, he has been instrumental in proposing, securing, directing, and codirecting training and research grant projects now totaling over $4 million. Dr. Carlson’s numerous positions in education over the past 25 years have clearly identified a strong need for educators and professionals who are well trained and competent to address mental health issues in school settings.

Richard L. Carlson, MA, is currently an educational consultant. During the past 13 years, he and his prior firm supported over 75 districts and cooperative service educational agencies (CSEAs) across the state of Wisconsin, helping to recruit educational leaders (e.g., school superintendents) who met the identified profile requirements of the respective entities. He holds a BS degree in business administration, a BS in secondary education from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, and an MA in counseling (with certification in educational administration) from the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh. Mr. Carlson has worked within the field of education in a variety of positions, including his working up the career ladder within schools as a high school social studies teacher, assistant high school principal, high school principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent of the Neenah Joint School District in Neenah, Wisconsin. Following his retirement from Neenah, he served as interim superintendent within four other districts in Wisconsin and brings a wealth of knowledge to this book with respect to the diversity of careers that exist within the field of education. Mr. Carlson authored several articles, participated on numerous panels, served on many community boards, and provided leadership across the state of Wisconsin. He has served as divisional leader for the United Way and was elected as a rotary centennial district governor. In 1984 he was selected for the Principal of the Year Award by the Department of Public Instruction, and in 1988 he received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. Mr. Carlson’s positions in education over the last 50 years have clearly identified a substantial need for future leaders and administrators who have the talents, patience, and data-based decision making to bring effective solutions to tough problems facing schools.

Table of Contents 





1 What Is a Career in Education?

2 Linking Talents and Passions to Careers in Education


3 Careers Working in Early Childhood Education

1. Preschool Teacher

2. Head Start Teacher

3. Early Childhood Classroom Consultant

Educator Profile: Kerry Frawley

4. Home Visitor

5. Parent Educator

4 Careers Working in K–12 Schools

6. Kindergarten Teacher

7. Second-Grade Teacher

Educator Profile: Erin DiPerna

8. Fifth-Grade Teacher

9. Elementary School Counselor

10. Elementary School Library Media Assistant

Educator Profile: Cindy Clement

11. Middle School Math Teacher

12. Middle School Science Teacher

13. Middle School Language Arts Teacher

14. Middle School Foreign Language Teacher

Educator Profile: Karen Wallace

15. Middle School Technology Teacher

16. Advanced Placement Calculus Teacher

17. Economics Teacher

18. High School Art Teacher

Educator Profile: Derek J. Carlson

19. High School Physics Teacher

20. High School Physical Education Teacher

21. High School Psychology Teacher

22. Advanced Placement English Literature Teacher

Educator Profile: Marianne Forman

23. High School Performing Arts Director

24. High School Band/Orchestra Director

5 Careers Working in Postsecondary Education

25. Teaching Assistant, College of Education

Educator Profile: Erin Seif

26. Graduate Assistant, College of Education

27. Lecturer

28. Technical College Instructor

29. Adjunct Professor

Educator Profile: My Lien

30. Tenure-Track Professor

31. Career Counselor

32. University Librarian

Educator Profile: Julie Fricke

6 Part-Time Careers in Education

33. Substitute Teacher

34. High School Coach

Educator Profile: Mike Van Antwerp

35. Activities Director

36. Student Council Advisor

37. Grant Writer

38. Tutor


7 Careers Working With Students With Special Needs

39. Early Intervention Specialist

40. Early Childhood Special Education Teacher

41. Paraprofessional—Autism Spectrum Disorder

Educator Profile: Michelle Carlson

42. Reading Specialist

43. Special Education Teacher—Autism Spectrum Disorder

44. Special Education Teacher—High-Incidence Disabilities: Resource/Inclusion

45. Special Education Teacher—Low-Incidence Disabilities

46. Special Education Teacher—Emotional Impairment

Educator Profile: Sheila Nash

47. Adapted Physical Education Teacher

48. Music/Art Therapist

49. Interpreter for the Hearing Impaired

50. English as a Second Language Teacher

Educator Profile: Mary Lou Turnbull

51. Bilingual Teacher

52. Overseas English Teacher

8 Careers Working Within Systems of Care for Students With Disabilities

53. Occupational/Physical Therapist

54. Response-to-Intervention Coordinator

55. School Psychologist

Educator Profile: John S. Carlson

56. School Social Worker

57. Speech and Language Pathologist

58. Gifted and Talented Coordinator

59. Educational Diagnostician


9 Careers Working in Educational Administration and Leadership

60. Preschool Director

61. Mental Health Coordinator

Educator Profile: Marta Kermiet

62. Head Start Health Manager

63. Day-Care Owner

64. School Principal

65. After-School Coordinator

66. Superintendent of Schools

Educator Profile: Richard L. Carlson

67. Director of Special Services

68. Director of Curriculum/Instructional Services

69. College/University Dean

70. Writing Center Director

71. Director of Admissions

72. University Athletic Director

Educator Profile: Don Maslinski

73. Office of Student Disabilities—Student Support Provider

74. Study-Abroad Coordinator

75. Career Counselor


10 Education-Related Careers in Community, Industry, and Government Settings

76. Religious Education Teacher

77. Summer Camp Counselor

78. Camp Director

Educator Profile: Kathy Jurichko

79. Prison Educator

80. Adult Educator

81. Health Educator

82. Educational Consultant/Professional Coach

Educator Profile: Regina Carey

83. Test Publisher

84. Corporate Trainer

85. Test Preparation Center Director

86. Book Editor

87. Historian

Educator Profile: Chad Carlson

88. Archivist

89. Science Museum Educator

90. Art Museum Education Director

91. National Parks Guide/Interpreter

92. Human Resource Manager

Educator Profile: Shelly Carlson

11 Careers Pertaining to Web-Based Learning and Educational Technology

93. Online Learning (High School Teacher)

94. School Technology Specialist

95. Chief Technology and Information Officer

Educator Profile: Diane Doersch

96. Web Designer

97. Instructional Designer

98. Online Degree Coordinator (University)

99. Multimedia Coordinator

100. E-Learning Developer

Educational Design Studio Director

Educator Profile: John Bell


12 Professional Development and Career Growth

13 The Job-Search Process: Resources and Approaches