Education

1. What is the Education major?
2. What careers interest students in this major?
3. What skills are developed within this major?
4. What Education resources are available?
5. Where have Wake Forest graduates landed jobs with this major?
6. Where can I get more information about the Education major?

1. What is the Education major?

The need for better-educated, better-prepared teachers has never been greater and this opens up great education career opportunities. As the nation works to raise the quality of instruction, reduce class sizes, and improve academic programs, the demand for well-qualified teachers will steadily rise. Over the next ten years, more than two million new teachers will be needed to meet rising enrollment demands and to replace retiring teachers. There is not only a demand for teachers, but there are also many opportunities for teachers, making today a great time to start a career in education.

Some teachers teach in order to help children learn and grow and to make a contribution to society. Others say they have a sense of commitment to the community or the nation, an intellectual fascination with a particular discipline such as math or history, or that they have been inspired by one of their own teachers. The answers vary but there is almost always a deep commitment to having a positive impact on the lives of children. The skills you need and develop as a teacher are important for virtually all other jobs. Teachers interact with many people, plan and organize large amounts of information, communicate both in writing and orally, effectively manage time, and make dozens of important decisions daily.

As an educator, your professional skills can make a difference in the world, and the challenges and rewards for educators have never been greater. As school reform sweeps the country, higher expectations for students and instructors alike have resulted in innovative approaches to teaching that are helping to reach all children. If you’re dedicated to helping children learn and want to become part of a dynamic and rewarding profession, then you might consider an education major or minor.

2. What careers interest students in this major?

Careers that often interest Education majors include:

Academic Teacher
Athletic Coach
Child Life Specialist
Educational Materials Coordinator
Executive Trainer
Grant Writer
Principal
Professor
Religious Education Coordinator
School Administrator
School Counselor
School Media Specialist

3. What skills are developed within this major?

Skills developed within this major include: Patience; Organizational skills; Ability to think on your feet; Motivational skills; Comfortable in a group setting; Public speaking skills; Supervising and directing; Creativity; Evaluating and interpreting the work of students; Dependable; and ability to work with little supervision.

4. What Education resources are available?

National Education Association
North Carolina Association of Educators
Resources of Education Societies
US Department of Education
American Education Research Association
Locate Private Schools
Public School Review
Private School Review

You might also be interested in an overview of the Teaching and Human Services career field information.

5. Where have Wake Forest graduates landed jobs with this major?

Click here to see where Education majors have landed jobs after graduation.

6. Where can I get more information about the Education major?

For more information about the Education major, visit the WFU Department of Education.