Teacher. Guidance Counselor. Media Specialist. Assistant Principal. These are just a few of the available education careers that can truly make a difference in students' lives. Each of these and the other careers listed below are quite different in their duties and the temperament required for success. Read on to learn more about careers in the field of education. Please note that the careers highlighted here are located within a school. There are additional careers available at the District Office level of a school district. The teaching profession is quite an independent and self-directed one. Teachers have the autonomy in their classroom to select the best methods and activities to help students truly understand the lessons being taught. A positive attitude, a belief that all students can learn, a desire to help others achieve their best, and most importantly a sense of humor is required of being successful teachers.   Typically salaries do not advance as high or as quickly as others, while starting salaries are commensurate in many places with other professions. In essence, a guidance counselor is a person devoted to helping students by guiding and advising on both their educational journey and their personal life.  An individual needs to be kind, patient, detail oriented, a good listener, and have a belief that all children can succeed in order to succeed as a guidance counselor.

Education careers

The principal is the head of the school. They are responsible for everything that happens at the school including the facilities, the budget, and the assistant principals. They are the end of the line for student issues. They set schoolwide policies. They are typically involved in hiring and firing decisions. Long hours, advanced degrees, and years of experience as assistant principals are involved in this career path. Teaching assistants (TAs) in secondary schools typically assist the teacher in non-academic ways. They might take attendance, collect homework, and answer basic student questions. However, there are cases where they might help with student lessons. aATA might help them brainstorm and hone their ideas in case students are completing group work as they prepare for a debate for instance. A substitute teacher is an individual who takes over a teacher's class for one or more days when they are absent for pregnancy, illness, or professional obligations. Many substitutes are in a specific classroom for only one or two days. Typically they are left a lesson by the teacher which they are to implement. However, in cases of extended illness or pregnancy, a long-term substitute will take over the class. A special education teacher is responsible for ensuring that students with special needs and learning disabilities are receiving the services that they require.  The special education teacher will teach subjects to the students in some cases. However,  they will oversee students IEPs and ensure that mainstreamed students are getting the modifications they require in other cases. Some special education teachers serve as co-teachers in a traditional classroom providing services to those students with IEPs in the class.