Education Major

If you are considering a career in education after college, there are many exciting opportunities from which you can choose — and many college majors that can prepare you for this career path. HelloCollege offers education career services designed to help college-bound students explore their interest in the field of education so they can make more informed decisions. Our individualized college major exploration services can help you find the right college and major to turn your future career goals into a reality.

Popular Education Careers

Many people pursue education careers because they want to be teachers at the primary or secondary level. However, there are also many administrative, specialist and higher education careers to consider. The following list highlights some of the most popular education major jobs, although there are other possibilities not included:

  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher
  • High School Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • School Principal or Vice Principal
  • Superintendent
  • Standardized Test Developer
  • Education Consultant
  • Curriculum Designer
  • Art, Drama or Music Teacher
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Librarian
  • School Guidance Counselor
  • Career Counselor
  • Adult Literacy/GED Teacher
  • Health Educator
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Textbook Author

Common Education Majors

For many successful education professionals, a career in this field started with an education undergraduate degree. If you think you want to go into education, choosing the right college major can improve your chances of landing the type of job you want after you graduate.

While there are many college majors related to education, it is important to note that you do not actually need to major in education to get a teaching job — in most cases. In fact, many teachers majored in other fields and then obtained their teaching certification after graduation. This is common for teachers at the middle school and high school levels, many of whom earned degrees in the subjects they teach. For example, a high school math teacher may have majored in a math-related field before pursuing her or his teaching certification.

Some of the most popular college majors for those who want to pursue education careers include the following:

  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • Special Education
  • Early Education Studies
  • Higher Education Leadership and Administration
  • STEM
  • Psychology
  • History
  • Sociology
  • English/Liberal Arts