What do you want to be when you grow up? Parent? Pediatrician? Counselor? Child advocate? Speech-language pathologist? Tutor? Principal? Educational researcher? Family court lawyer? School administrator? Teacher? Scientist? Reading specialist? Developmental neuroscientist? Educational consultant? Special educator? Child psychologist? Foster parent? Bilingual educator? Educational policymaker? If you want to make a difference in children’s lives, you will want to get involved with the Department of Education. If you want a job that involves learning and teaching (and what job doesn’t, when you stop to think about it…), you will want to get involved with the Department of Education.
You may be interested in teaching as a career if you thrive on challenge, love to learn, work hard, and care about equity. Research clearly shows that a good teacher can have a positive impact on both learning and nonacademic life outcomes. Public school teaching requires certification and licensing. If you are interested in pursuing this route, here are the requirements by state: https://www.teach.org/teaching-certification. Although the Department does not offer a path to teaching certification and licensing during your undergraduate years, our research-based, interdisciplinary approach helps you to build a knowledge base that can lead to teaching jobs that do not require certification and licensing and can strengthen applications to graduate teacher certification programs. Many of our students believe that children deserve skilled and knowledgeable teachers and leaders. They are professionally committed to education in many ways (including teaching) and go on to shape conversations about education in their communities: https://educ.dartmouth.edu/undergraduate/alumni-stories
Interested in graduate school? Here is the list of top Education schools with specialties and rankings from U.S. News to get you started: http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools.
Many students who are interested in the field of Education are also interested in working with and learning from children and adolescents. There are peer mentoring and work with children and adolescent local volunteerism opportunities offered through many different campus organizations.