Education Jobs Outside of the Classroom

So what can you do with a teaching degree besides teach? Teaching degrees, like all degrees, develop core skills (or as we call them, competencies) that help you succeed in all sorts of roles. Throughout your degree program, you’ll improve your written and communication skills, you’ll learn how to problem solve and utilize your critical thinking skills, you will have developed your management abilities and leadership skills, the list goes on.

Skills, however, are only part of the equation. Think back to why you pursued a teaching degree in the first place. What were those interests that you had? What drives you? To find meaningful opportunities, you will want to find things that are both interesting and fit your developed skillset. Then all you have to do is convince your future employer that your skills and interests match their needs. This part can be the trickiest, but we can help you!

UConn grads have used their teaching degrees in a myriad of ways. Some work within education but outside of the classroom in roles like School Counselor or Curriculum Designer. In many districts, these roles will require additional education and training.

If giving back to your community is important, you can find opportunities in the non-profit world, potentially as a Grant Writer or a Program Coordinator. The writing and teaching skills you have gained will go a long way in those fields.

Many grads are working in business as well. Human Resources, Technical Writers, and even management roles all rely on many of the core competencies that you gained throughout your program. If you want to learn more about these competencies and see how they apply to your career goals, visit Becoming Career Ready on our website. Our coaches can help you out, too!

By Eran Peterson
Eran Peterson Associate Director, Student Engagement