Middle Grades Education

Education is the study of how human beings teach, learn, and develop values, skills, and character qualities. A few of the major specializations are preschool, elementary, secondary, higher, continuing and special education; educational administration and supervision; guidance and counseling; testing and evaluation; business, industrial arts, and vocational/technical training.

Sample Occupations

  • Education
  • Elementary, Middle, or Secondary Teacher
  • Literacy Coordinator
  • Vocational Educator
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Athletic Coach
  • ESL Instructor
  • School Social Worker
  • School Administrator
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • College Administrator
  • Media Specialist
  • Children’s/Youth Librarian
  • Private Tutor
  • Social Services/Nonprofit
  • Early Intervention Specialist
  • Case Manager
  • Counselor
  • Behavioral Specialist
  • Child Welfare Case Worker
  • Child Advocate
  • Nonprofit Director
  • Youth Minister

Types of Employers

  • Schools/School Districts
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Daycares & Preschools
  • Tutoring/Learning Centers
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Children’s Camps
  • Government
  • International Language Schools

Preparing for your career in

Education: Acquire appropriate certification for teaching in public schools; learn to work well with different types of people; gain experience working with a target population through mentoring, tutoring, or volunteering; join student chapters of national teaching organizations; obtain graduate degree for student affairs and administrative positions; research licensure requirements in other states; develop strong oral and written communication skills; gain familiarity with working with exceptional children and youth

Social Services: Volunteer with an organization that provides counseling or social services to children and families; become familiar with the operational structures of government and nonprofit social service agencies; develop strong communication skills; supplement curriculum with courses in social work, sociology, or psychology; learn to work well with people from differing socioeconomic, racial, ethic and religious backgrounds; pursue graduate work and licensure in counseling or social work to become a therapist; develop a wide range of skills such as presenting, grant writing, and fundraising for nonprofit positions; participate in campus “alternative break” trips; work as a camp counselor during summers

How do I know if its right for me?

ASSESS: Take a career assessment, such as PathwayU, to see how your interests, values, and personality fit with majors and careers.

RESEARCH: Research the careers on this WCIDWAMI and thousands of other careers using O*Net Online, The Occupational Outlook Handbook or FirstHand.

EXPLORE: Learn more about a career field of interest by job shadowing, attending a career panel, or participating in a Career Trek. Further your exploration while gaining valuable skills by completing an internship, co-op, volunteer, or research experience.