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Careers for English Education MA Program Graduates

Common job titles

  • Career and technical education teacher
  • Childcare worker
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Librarian
  • Preschool and child care center director
  • Preschool, elementary, middle, and high school teacher or principal
  • School and career counselor
  • Social worker
  • Special education teacher
  • Teacher assistant

Job outlook data

College-level English language and literature teachers held around 90,800 jobs and high school teachers held around 962,000 jobs in 2014, the last year for which data are available. Employment of college-level English language and literature teachers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, while employment of high school teachers is projected to grow 6 percent.

Although employment growth in this field will vary by region (opportunities will be greater in rural and urban school districts), overall growth will be influenced by larger class sizes and school enrollment rate. From 2014 to 2024, the average classroom size is expected to increase, meaning that each teacher is responsible for more students. Because a significant number of older teachers will reach retirement age over the next decade, new teachers will have access to many job openings.

A greater number of people looking to obtain a college or higher education degree will also create additional jobs for college-level English educators.

Where can I work with this major?

The largest employers of English educators are:

  • Colleges, universities and professional schools
  • Junior colleges
  • Elementary, middle and high schools


» Get information about Adelphi’s English Education MA Degree Program

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Postsecondary Teachers, PayScale, English Language / Literature Teacher, Postsecondary Salary.

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