In most industries, we hear about ways to climb the ladder to open up a world of benefits. However, within teaching, it’s not talked about as often. As a result, many people become teachers and educators, and they have long, fulfilling careers without moving on to bigger and better things. So is there is a path beyond traditional teaching, and how do you get into it?
In short, yes, there is. There are several roles if you want to move up the ladder in teaching. Why not check them out below if you’re going to take the next step.
If you’re a general educator, moving into a specialism can open up many new doors. Examples include special education roles and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) education. These avenues delve deeper into the disciplinary boundaries of education and provide children with a focused learning pathway.
Become a school district leader
Moving into a school district leadership role enables teachers and educators to elevate their careers as a school leader. This job helps to expand your skillset and transform the learning experience of students. To advance into this career, you can study a school district leader certification online around your current job and commitments. Getting this certification opens up a wealth of opportunities in roles such as Superintendent, District Supervisor, and District Coordinator.
In many schools, teachers will sit under different departments. A natural progression for some is moving into the head of department role when this position becomes available. This position typically involves liaising between teachers and administration and supporting others in the department. Moving into this job requires good leadership skills alongside others, such as communication, presenting, and problem-solving. However, while this is a natural progression, some head of department roles do not come with a pay rise. So it is best to check if this is something you’re looking to achieve.
Teaching involves caring for the welfare of students alongside their education. So, it’s no surprise that some individuals opt to move into school counselor roles. In most states, you will need a master’s in school counseling or a related field to be able to take this job. However, it provides a varied and rewarding opportunity for anyone looking to come away from traditional teaching.
If you’re very experienced and have relevant qualifications, a college professor’s career could be for you. Several teachers find their career leads to specializing in college topics and taking on multiple courses within a field of study. Typically this role requires at least a master’s in the chosen specialism with several years of experience to back it up. However, some colleges require a doctorate and professional certifications depending on the subject.
Becoming principal of a school is a typical and natural progression for veteran teachers. This role is part of the leadership and administration team and oversees the running and management of the establishment. To become a school principal, you must have the necessary experience plus a principal certification.