Education Careers With A Master's Degree

Advance Current Career or Pursue Administrative Positions

Graduates of the master of education program at Florida Tech advance their current career as a science or general education teacher in formal K-12 or post-secondary classroom settings. They can also choose to pursue administrative positions such as principal, superintendent of schools, academic dean or curriculum developer.

Teachers also have options for education careers from public, private, or technical schools, virtual classrooms, training and development, and adult literacy to many fields emerging in special education, experience coordinators (working with students in community-based job experiences), transition services (training for new careers) and more. With a master of education, graduates develop advanced teaching methods, understand learning styles, find new teaching platforms and advance content, benefiting students no matter what environment in which they choose to teach.

If graduates choose to teach outside the classroom, it may include many opportunities in public education such as library and after school programs, museums, public outreach and more. STEM education (teaching in science, technology, engineering and math) still holds the best opportunities for teachers at any level. 

Career Outlook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provides information about specific jobs including median annual pay, working conditions and job outlook. According to the bureau, the outlook for education careers is projected to grow 12 percent through 2022, due to factors such as reduced student-teacher ratios and expanding population. Check the handbook for job descriptions, job outlook and information on similar occupations. 

Education Career Options

  • Classroom Teacher K-12
  • Post-Secondary Professor
  • Adult Literacy Instructor
  • Virtual Instructor
  • Curriculum Writer
  • Career and Technical Instructor
  • Special Ed Instructor
  • Educational Researcher
  • Superintendent of Schools
  • Director of Community Outreach
  • Director of Education Policy

Salary Expectations

Salaries for education careers are reported by PayScale.com to be $37,200 with potential to grow to $55,000. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that a master’s degree can increase median earnings in education to $ 69,109. They also can provide information on teaching careers specific to teaching areas and levels: 

PayScale.com is an online salary information company that helps people obtain accurate real-time information on job market compensation. Check PayScale.com for the most recent information on education careers.

Doctoral Programs

In addition to the options for education careers, graduates can continue their education in a doctoral program at Florida Tech to obtain an Ed.S. or Ph.D. On average, graduates with an advanced degree have higher salaries and employment rates than those with a master’s or bachelor’s degree, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Doctoral graduates can continue into academia as professors of college students or bring their expertise into the workforce as consultants.