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What else could I do with a Masters in Teaching?

Asked by Supergirl (1671 points ) March 11th, 2008

Other than being a classroom teacher, what else can I do that utilizes my masters and experience in the classroom? I live in Seattle.

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squirbel's avatar

Private tutoring is one I can think of…

paulc's avatar

You could write training materials and design training courses for all sorts of organizations.

Amurph's avatar

Teach others how to teach, write about teaching / education. Do research.

cwilbur's avatar

If you ignore the credential for a minute and look at the skills you have, you’ll get a better idea.

You’re comfortable with speaking in front of a group of people. You have a lot of practice at getting an idea across to listeners. You’ve got reasonable people skills from dealing with parents, and reasonable crowd-control skills from dealing with students. Beyond that, you’ve got knowledge in at least one specialized area. You’ve probably got reasonable research and writing skills, because masters degrees require a lot of research papers. Maybe you’ve written a grant proposal for a research project or educational project. Maybe you’ve organized parents as part of a PTA or school activity.

There are many things you can do with those skills. Some of them will take a bit of creativity, but that’s part of the challenge.

GD_Kimble's avatar

Journalism. Covering education issues for the news/newspaper.

sdeutsch's avatar

Working as an education director for a nonprofit (museum, theater, that sort of thing) has always sounded like an interesting job to me. Your experience in teaching would probably help you put together some really cool education programs…

sarahsugs's avatar

Many districts are looking for coaches now, either for new teachers or school sites in general. My school has a math coach and a literacy coach who are shared between several schools. They do not have their own classrooms but instead support teachers in lesson planning, behavior management, curriculum development, assessment, and so on. They also sometimes do pull-out or push-in instruction with small groups of students who need extra support.

There are also lots of youth development organizations that might welcome someone with a teaching background (Girls, Inc. and Making Waves are two that I can think of in my area). Other organizations are popping up too nowadays (Partners in School Innovation comes to mind) that are supporting schools or districts in reforming their practices. You could also look into one of those.

And what about directing a summer camp, children’s theater, or other such program that aligns with your interests? Before I was a teacher I was a program director at a summer camp and it was all the best parts of working with kids, without all the hard stuff (or most of it, anyway). :-) I imagine an experienced teacher would look like a promising candidate to be the director of a camp, theater, etc. Some of those jobs are only part of the year, but others are part-time in the off season and then full-time. You could supplement with tutoring, etc.

skfinkel's avatar

If you don’t like being in a classroom, you can try administration—that way your ideas can reach many classrooms.

mrjadkins's avatar

Those Who Can…Teach

—from a fellow teacher

I used a search engine called http://Indeed.com to help me find jobs using keyword searches (similar to Google). It helped me find jobs based not only on the keywords in my current job but I also mixed in keyword in things I like. It was interesting to see the different types of jobs out there that tied in my degree and my hobbies.

Use something like that to help you find the type of career that interests you. Find something you are passionate about. Life is too short to spend it in a career that you aren’t passionate about.

Good luck to you!

hoteipdx's avatar

There are many nonprofit companies that serve educational institutions. Try: Northwest Evaluation Association and Northwest Regional Education Labs.

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

Corporate training/HR programs.

mirifique's avatar

@Supergirl Can I ask why you don’t want to be a teacher?

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