Secondary Education Career Outlook
The Secondary Education Program prepares individuals to teach students in the secondary grades, which may include grades nine through twelve, depending on the school system or state regulations. Courses may include preparation to teach a comprehensive curriculum or specific subject matter.
Explore the subsections below to learn more about the potential skills a student with a secondary education major can develop as well as the potential positions, areas, and employers that hire students with this degree. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.
As a secondary education major, you will develop an in-depth understanding of your content area. Additionally, students may develop advance skills including communication, patience, creativity, enthusiasm, confidence, dedication, conflict resolution, organization, classroom management, time management, critical thinking, leadership, and teamwork.
Graduates with a degree in secondary education can work as teachers, ELL specialists, textbook salespersons, instructional technologists, direct service and grant writers.
Graduates with a degree in secondary education can work in teaching, research, sales, administration, literacy development, adult and continuing education and fundraising/development.
Graduates with a degree in secondary education can work for public, private, magnet, or charter schools, professional associations, test preparation companies, international schools, publishers, museums, zoos, religious organizations, correctional institutions, higher education, nonprofit and park districts.
Use the employment opportunity resources below to kickstart your pre-professional or professional experience search. You may also identify a professional or student organization to join and network with individuals in your major and field. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.
- Archdiocese of Chicago
- Chicago Park District
- Chicago Public Schools
- Illinois Education Job Bank
- Illinois State Board of Education
- Joliet Diocese
- Lake County School Districts
- North Suburban Cook County School Districts
- Oak Lawn Park District
- U.S. Department of Education
- Will County School Districts
- American Association for Employment in Education
- American Association of School Administrators
- American Educational Research Association
- American Federation of Teachers
- American Library Association
- American School Counselor Association
- Association of American Educators
- Association of Teacher Educators
- Council for Exceptional Children
- International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
- National Education Association
- Education Club at SXU