Curriculum and Instruction

What Can I Do With A Major In Curriculum and Instruction?

Students in the Elementary Education and Secondary Education program learn to work with children of all abilities. Coursework and experiential learning prepare them to work in a variety of educational settings. Elementary education graduates find teaching opportunities in K-8 schools throughout the United States and across the globe. Secondary education graduates similarly find teaching opportunities in grades 5-12. Once in the schools, many elementary and secondary education graduates pursue further specialization in counseling, administration or curriculum development.

A career in education was once exclusively a career in teaching, usually in an elementary or secondary school or in a college or university, or to a lesser extent in a church or synagogue, or other religious institution. Today it is a much broader enterprise. Most educators are still teachers, but many specialty areas have developed, i.e. reading teachers, guidance counselors, librarians and other media specialists, nurses, physical therapists, social workers, business managers, computer experts--to mention a few. It can be said that teaching is the central career in education. All other educators exist to support teachers in one way or another.

In the public schools the most prevalent career route is a result of training in an approved program which leads to state certification. Other institutions and programs may consider a candidate without certification, but necessarily with a strong educational background and strong commitment.

Though teaching is still the career of choice for teachers, training, education and skills allow one to consider alternative career choices. These are wide and varied, occurring in different settings and with titles other than "teacher" (see Related Occupations).

The related occupations listed below are just some of the possible choices for teachers.

A Sample of Related Occupations

  • Admissions Counselor
  • Adult Education Instructor
  • Author/Writer
  • Career/Employment Counselor
  • College Recruiter
  • Consultant
  • Continuing Education Program Planner
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Curriculum Development Specialist
  • Editor
  • Education Professor
  • Fundraiser
  • Government Agency Administrator
  • Human Resources Administrator
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Kindergarten and Elementary School Teacher
  • Librarian
  • Lobbyist
  • Non-profit Administrator
  • Overseas Teacher
  • Parks & Recreation Instructor
  • Pre-School Director
  • Prison Facility Instructor
  • Private School Instructor
  • Promotion Specialist
  • Public Lecturer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Researcher
  • School Administrator
  • School Counselor
  • School Psychologist
  • Social Services Director
  • Social Worker
  • Technical Writer
  • Textbook Editor
  • Tutor
  • Youth Center Director
  • Writer
  • Zoo Education Director
  • 4-H Agent