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6 Non-Teaching Careers You Can Pursue with Your Master’s in Education

By Lana Whitehead on December 5, 2019

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Maybe you’re passionate about the field of education — you see the challenges that America’s education system is facing, and you want to be a catalyst for impactful change. That said, maybe you have reservations when it comes to pursuing a career as a traditional, in-classroom teacher. If so, that’s okay — there’s a solution for you.

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1. School Psychologist | Average Salary, $84,426

School psychologists play an incredibly important role in helping create a positive learning environment, where students can properly express themselves. They help implement classroom procedures related to behavior management and create behavior plans for individual students, as needed. They serve as the point person in the school for all things behavioral and are invaluable to the teachers and school leaders who are working to ensure that every student is safe, heard and thriving.

2. Admission Counselor | Average Salary, $56,035

Admission counselors typically work in a high school setting, helping prepare students during their final two years to understand and excel at the process of testing, applying for and deciding upon the college of their choice. Responsibilities include advising students (and their families) about the process, helping them prepare for and present their SATs and other important aspects of their applications. Admission counselors often arrange visits from college representatives, plan events and connect students with the larger world of college admissions so that they can pursue their ideal college experience.

3. Educational Researcher | Average Salary, $79,437

An educational researcher holds a unique role, as this niche position studies the effectiveness and efficiency of classroom and learning processes, points out ways that learning and teaching can be improved and creates and disseminates certain types of data and tracking metrics to ensure that the organization is giving its students the best possible experience. They interact closely with students and teachers to carry out their work.

4. Special Education Teacher | Average Salary, $54,818

Special education teachers play a crucial role in the development of their students – working with those who don’t thrive in a traditional classroom setting and need additional support – often one-on-one or in a smaller classroom setting. They tailor the curriculum to the developmental needs of the students, establish procedures and classroom management protocols and set up regular meetings with parents and school professionals. It’s a beautiful calling within the context of a school — and educational system as a whole.

5. Senior Curriculum Specialist | Average Salary, $64,719

This role is perfect for someone who is gifted in the art of big-picture things and who enjoys collaborating with a variety of players in the context of a school or educational community. Senior curriculum specialists are responsible for designing new curricula and ensuring that the curricula in place meets the needs of both students and teachers. They may help train teachers on new elements of the curricula as they are implemented and, with school leadership, oversee the way that learning methods are being carried out in each individual classroom — providing support and tools wherever needed.

6. Instructional Coordinator | Average Salary, $51,962

This role functions to support, train and evaluate teachers in curriculum use (This degree would work well in conjunction with the senior curriculum specialist, above). Instructional coordinators order, organize and train staff in new materials as well as coordinate and support teacher development training. They might also research and propose new curricula to the curricula specialists and school leadership.

Ready to join a community of passionate education professionals?

There are many crucial roles that come together to make up a highly functioning school community where students are served at the highest possible level, and getting a master’s degree in education is the perfect launching pad you need to land your dream career in the field — whether you want to pursue a traditional teacher position or one of the alternative careers listed above.

If you want to transform your future and America’s education system, we encourage you to request more information about the graduate education programs offered at Kent State University. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Lana Whitehead
Written by Lana Whitehead

Lana Whitehead is the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies and the Director of Graduate Admission at Kent State University. Lana attended Northwestern University and enjoyed a consulting career in Chicago before becoming a stay-at-home mom of six children. After earning her master’s degree from Youngstown State University, Lana embarked on a career in higher education. Lana has held positions in academic support, advising, student services and enrollment management. In her free time, Lana enjoys landscaping, gardening and spending time with family.

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Lana Whitehead on December 5, 2019

Maybe you’re passionate about the field of education — you see the challenges that America’s education system is facing, and you want to be a catalyst for impactful change. That said, maybe you...

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