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Careers in Education

Thinking about a career in education? In today's professional market, the outlook is terrific. Career opportunities are plentiful, and general mobility in the field is high. But most importantly, because teachers play such a significant role in shaping our nation's future, the personal rewards of job satisfaction and a sense of pride are highly valued. If you are looking to make a difference for others, while positioning yourself for stable and durable career opportunities, then the world of education is a tremendous place to find just the right job.

Due to recent systemic changes in the field of education, teaching jobs are evolving dramatically, demanding additional skills in creativity, critical thinking, cultural awareness, sensitivity, self-management, and public relations. The career field is viewed as high paced, action packed, and energy driven, and best suited for people who prefer highly social, energetic, and challenging work.  Opportunities within education include traditional roles such as classroom teaching, specialized instruction, and coaching, as well as technology facilitation, educational leadership, school counseling, curriculum management, community advocacy, and others.

According to the American Federation of Teachers, the average teacher in the U.S. earns $51,009 in base salary, with options to earn higher amounts with extra-duty pay for supplemental work (e.g., coaching, advising student organizations, teaching summer programs). Typically, teacher contracts negotiate approximately 190-200 work days per year. Other benefits historically have included solid retirement programs, state-funded insurance programs, prospects for membership in professional organizations, and general advancement alternatives. For further details concerning the job outlook, professional opportunities, and general perspectives upon the career field of education, please visit the following link: S.C. Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement.

The Spadoni College of Education and Social Sciences at Coastal Carolina University serves a wide variety of students from different academic and professional backgrounds. Whether you are a traditional undergraduate, a second degree seeker, a career changer, or a veteran in the field, we have nationally-accredited academic programs to serve your specific needs for working in South Carolina or any other state where we have licensure reciprocity. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our academic offerings, and encourage you to stop by for a visit, or contact us for more information.