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Solidify Your Career with Teaching Jobs that Require a Masters Degree

written by: Deidra Alexander•edited by: Elizabeth Stannard Gromisch•updated: 7/12/2010

A trip down career planning lane can lead into many directions but the best direction for you is clarified only with the best information. To experience a career with longevity untold, set your sights on the classroom using this article on teaching jobs that require a master's degree.

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    Now that you have decided take your career up a notch, or two, your search for the perfect placement has centered you attention on the prospects you stand to possess with a graduate level education. Prior to meeting your future at the fork on the road to the rest of your life, just beyond entry-level row, a bachelor’s level degree afforded you several opportunities for employment. Both the unfamiliarity of what you would be doing for the next several decades to earn your keep and the consistent reports from in the education field of the great possibilities have prompted you and thousands of others to ask themselves,

    “Which teaching jobs that require a master’s degree are a good fit for me?”

    The answer to this question is easily attained with the following descriptions of three top paying and high demand education careers.

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    Special Education Supervisor

    The daily job duties attached to this job rightfully require a master’s degree in education (M.Ed.).In this district role hands-on supervision of all faculty and programs for students with special needs is a must. Special education supervisor expected to stay abreast of latest developments and news in this area. They must also constantly interact with parents for the purposes of quality assured customer service and to develop and monitor interventions and progress of students according to their individualized education plan. Routine contact with service providers such as therapists and community members must also be nurtured and maintain to peform this job.

    A master’s level degree in education prepares you for this job through course and fieldwork in all of these areas for highly sought after specialization.

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    School Principal

    Along with experience working at the classroom level, school pricipaals are expected to have attained a graduate level degree in their field as a perquisite for consideration for the position. As a part of school administration, principals are hands-on in hiring faculty, working with higher ups in their district and state, developing curriculum, and meeting state and national standards in education. Principals also work to secure resources for their school and manage basic and extended programs for students and staff as an aside to running the school on a day-to-day basis, which involves discipline and praise of both groups of school members.

    In many districts, a M.Ed. administration is also required of assistant principals to peform basic job duties.

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    School Counselor

    Earn a degree at the graduate level in the area of counseling and find employment as a school counselor. Working with students on social issues requires an advanced degree that involves courses in law, psychology, and social work. These particular classes give candidates knowledge of common problems and the requisite skills in performing the job that many times necessitates child advocacy on the part of the counselor and specifically calls for their assistance in helping the student advance through K-12 studies.

    Take a M.Ed. in this conceration a step further with receipt of accreditation from an education counseling organization.

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    Curriculum and Instruction

    Teachers may find that a degree focused on educational research and development a necessary attribute to add to their resume for career advancement. A master’s degree in curriculum and instruction reaches far beyond a general teaching classes. Before entering into a program of this nature, one should assess their commitment to education as this degree will expound those ideals and principles posed by the teacher who strives to provide excellently designed and developed classroom initiatives at the elementary or secondary level.

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    Each of the jobs named here has a median pay of over $40,000 per year and up to $75,000+ in certain districts and settings. The range of these figures makes evident the great potential for earning for teachers with advanced degrees. Stay flexible and creative when taking this career route, as there are many professional development chances to capitalize on in and out of the education arena for a career as lucrative as you make it.