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Careers in elementary education

Potential employers

  • adoption agencies
  • boards of education
  • bookstores
  • camps
  • consulting firms
  • day care centers
  • educational publishers
  • federal government agencies
  • group homes
  • learning centers
  • mental health clinics
  • Montessori elementary schools
  • nonprofit organizations
  • private elementary schools
  • private middle schools
  • public elementary schools
  • public middle schools
  • social service agencies
  • staffing agencies
  • state and local government
  • test-preparation companies
  • United Way agencies
  • VISTA
  • YMCA/YWCA

Career opportunities

  • camp director
  • child advocate
  • child development specialist
  • consulting
  • customer service
  • daycare center director
  • daycare center owner
  • daycare teacher
  • fundraising
  • head start teacher
  • human resources
  • instructional coordinator
  • manager
  • nanny
  • para-educator
  • para-professional
  • preschool teacher
  • professional tutor
  • program coordinator
  • programming
  • public relations
  • publishing
  • sales
  • social worker technician
  • training and development
  • writer/author

Career opportunities with an advanced or graduate degree

  • administrator
  • child psychologist*
  • counselor*
  • curriculum supervisor
  • librarian
  • principal*
  • professor
  • researcher
  • school psychologist*
  • school social worker*
  • special education teacher*
  • speech/language pathologist
  • superintendent*
  • teacher (K-6)*
  • therapist

*These positions require licensure. For more information see the following: