Why continue your education? What benefits does it bring you as an educator?Career Opportunities - As you continue your education and receive professional training beyond the minimum requirements for teaching, a wealth of possibilities will be opened up to you career-wise. Continuing your education will open up opportunities to move beyond the classroom in areas such as counseling and administration. However, in addition to those possibilities, continued education and training can help you become your best as an educator. Because of these options, it is important to understand just what is available to those who choose to continue on with their education. Once the decision has been made, be sure to use the many tools here at Florida-Teacher.com to find the right program that will take you down your chosen career path.
Here are just a few of the career paths that are available to you after continuing your education:
- Administration – In order to move into an administration position such as a vice principal, principal or superintendent, a Master’s degree is required in the state of Florida. However, when moving into an administration position, it can be beneficial to get an Ed.D. or Ph.D. in educational administration or similar program as well. These administration positions in schools can be a very rewarding experience as you interact not only with the students, but also with the teachers in the school(s) as well. This is a chance for you to inspire teachers to not only be more effective educators, but to also enjoy teaching. A good administrator can have a great influence over the entire community. When looking into a career in administration, make sure to know what the certification requirements are in Florida, as they differ from other states.
- Counseling – Another rewarding career path that would take you out of the classroom is school counseling. When moving into a counseling career, it is important to understand that there is much more to it than just helping students get their classes set up and helping them prepare for graduation and college. In the state of Florida, counseling careers include school psychologists, school social workers and school welfare in addition to becoming a school counselor. With each of these separate options, there are specific degrees and programs dedicated to each of the varying school counseling paths.
- Continue Teaching – Each of the previous paths, administration and school counseling, take you out of the classroom. However, for many teachers, the classroom is where they want to be. A continued education is one way to help a teacher become more effective. By pursuing a Master’s degree in education, you can not only better understand effective teaching methods and tools, but also gain a better understanding of the learning process. Through advanced degrees teachers are able to reach children in new ways. Additionally, if you are teaching a specific subject, a Master’s degree can also help with your understanding of that specific subject, helping you in your ability to teach as well.