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Careers for Childhood Education (Elementary) MA Program Graduates

The childhood education program has special characteristics that will make you a valuable addition to prospective employers:

  • Knowledge of educational theory, teaching strategies, developmental theories, and techniques of discipline.
  • Ability to hold the attention of a group of students.
  • Capability to integrate technology into the classroom.
  • Proficient in the subjects taught on the elementary level such as mathematics, science, English, and social science.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and instructional skills.
  • Advanced organizational, conflict resolution, and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently.

Common job titles

  • Career and technical education teacher
  • Childcare worker
  • Elementary school teacher or principal
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Librarian
  • School and career counselor
  • Social worker
  • Special education teacher
  • Teacher assistant

Job outlook data

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers held around 1.5 million jobs in 2014, the last year for which data are available. Employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024.

The number of students enrolling in kindergarten and elementary schools is expected to increase over the coming decade, and the number of classes needed to accommodate these students will also rise. As a result, more teachers will be required to teach these additional classes of kindergarten and elementary school students. Because the average classroom size is growing, each teacher is responsible for more students.

Where can I work with this major?

The largest employers of Kindergarten and elementary school teachers are:

  • Public, magnet, charter and private schools


» Get information about Adelphi’s Childhood Education (Elementary) MA Degree Programs

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers.

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