If you love kids, have a knack for communicating with them and combine this with patience and the ability to understand how children this age think, then a career in K-12 education could well be the one for you. There’s something particularly satisfying about providing education to children during their formative years, and knowing that you personally have played a role in their opportunities for the future. Of course, no-one’s going to try to pretend that working in a teaching role is always going to be plain sailing, but that’s half the fun of the challenge. One thing’s for sure, working with children from kindergarten age through to 12th grade will ensure that no two days are ever the same, and that every day will present different roles and challenges.

What are K-12 education degrees all about?
Enrolling on one of the many K-12 education degrees available throughout North America will provide you with the education you need to succeed in this challenging yet ultimately satisfying career. You’ll learn all about the way education today is structured and the reasoning behind this. You might already hold a degree in a related field, such as childhood, secondary or middle level education, or perhaps human services, public administration or public policy. Whatever your level of current education, you’ll need to possess excellent communication skills, patience and a good oral delivery to aid you in explaining both simple and complex new ideas to a classroom full of enquiring minds.

What will I learn on a K-12 education degree course?
Every K-12 education training establishment has its own methods of delivering the course content. However, you can expect all courses to cover the following:

  • Historical issues in education, and how these have been researched and overcome
  • Major political issues that have affected education in the 20th and 21st centuries
  • Early childhood education, assessment and gauging student progress throughout the year
  • Different ways of measuring student learning progress
  • Educational psychology
  • Secondary school instruction and curriculum
  • Middle level educational philosophy
  • Educational technology

What methods will K-12 education degrees use to teach me?
Whilst you’ll need to undertake a fair amount of theory when studying for a K-12 education degree, you can also expect to get a great deal of hands-on experience. Classroom placements are likely at various points throughout your course, each designed to give you experience teaching different age levels. You’ll also be assessed throughout your course, as well as undertaking various projects and producing dissertations and essays. It’s also highly likely that you’ll need to complete end of term, module and/or year examinations as well.

After gaining my K-12 education degree qualification, what options are open to me for employment?
After qualification you could think about moving into a variety of different careers within the education system. These include working as a high school counselor, helping students overcome various challenges both at school or at home. Or you might like to work as a K-12 special education teacher, helping those students with special needs. Other options include a career as an educational policy analyst within a government organization, or perhaps a not-for-profit area. Educational technology instructors work in computer lab environments and teach about the various technological necessities of today’s computer reliant world.