I have a B.S. in Human Development and an M.Ed in Elementary Education. I originally planned on being a classroom teacher, but I have found that running my own classroom is not the best fit for me. I may be more comfortable in small group or one-on-one settings. I am seeking advice for what careers I am qualified for with my academic background that are not classroom teaching positions. Any advice would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
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I also felt that working in a classroom setting was not the best fit for me. I ultimately ended up working at a private learning center that focused on mastery learning of reading and math. I thoroughly enjoyed this setting. Many of my students were enrolled for several years so I got to know them on a more personal level and establish solid relationships with both the students and their parents. I highly suggest looking into private learning centers or tutoring if you feel like you would enjoy this work setting. Please feel free to message me with any more questions you may have!
Have you considered co-teaching? Or possibly a reading recovery teacher who pulls small groups all day? There are always options.
I like this question! I can relate, and I have thought a lot about it for myself. I almost have my BA in social science and have considered an MEd in Special Ed. I have a lot of experience in elementary classrooms, and working "in the trenches" as a cert really doesn't feel right to me. I am currently a para in a rather large school district, and many of the non-teaching jobs (coaches, working with the early learning screening dept for kids with special needs, directors etc) require that you spend time as a cert.
If, then, those are the type of jobs you want, you could work as a cert in resource room settings, where the kids are in regular class all day, but come to you because they are behind in reading/math/writing. It is a pretty "easy" job - and almost all 1:1 or small group. I have experience in this role as a para.
You could also look into, what we call "ESD" in Washington state, or educational service district. They are basically the step between school districts and the state. An ESD manages multiple school districts. One that is local to me is Puget Sound ESD, and they often are looking for people with that kind of background.
Child development "labs" at universities (in WA are things like the EEU [experimental education unit/special needs "lab"] at the UW, or the Autism research center at the UW) might also be interested in that kind of background.
I hope some of that is helpful!
Not to dissuade your from exploring other career paths, but since I am a teacher also, I know how hard classroom management can be. Have you tried getting a good teacher mentor? That can considerably change your experience in the classroom.
Having said that, I'd do research on LinkedIn to explore other career options. See who has B.S. in Human Development, and contact these people for informational interviews. Google informational interviews to get a sense of what they are and what they are not.
Best of luck!
I became a guidance counselor for those reasons. The licensing requirements/qualifications vary from state to state.