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Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others? Do you enjoy writing, reading, and interacting with students of all ages? Consider exploring a career in education!
There are many different paths in the education industry; teaching is only one aspect. Some positions within the education industry include, but are not limited to: higher education administrators, test prep providers, athletic directors, K-12 school administrators, guidance counselors, or library instructors.

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Education Advisor

Headshot of Kat Kolozsvary
Read about Kat
Kat joined the Colgate University Center for Career Services adviser team in January of 2016 and focuses on the areas of Pre-Law, Education, Common Good and Government.

Before coming to Colgate, Kat was a Graduate Programs Manager at Kaplan Test Prep, working with students at colleges and universities throughout Central and Western New York. Previously, she has held a variety of positions related to the government, healthcare and technology sectors. Kat received her BA in Public Affairs from Syracuse University and enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris, their two daughters and two Great Danes.

Questions

Call 315-228-7380 for an advising appointment.

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Teaching public school
Funded by tax payer money, public schools are divided into geographical districts that are run by school boards (local officials who have been elected). Public schools are typically divided into stages per age and learning level, including elementary, middle and high school. Public schools offer a tuition-free source of education for communities and can provide great career opportunities for teachers. Teaching at a public school helps you be part of the community while giving back and making a difference in children’s lives. Additionally, public school teachers often enjoy good benefits packages, including health and retirement. Conversely, public school districts often wrestle with issues including facilities, class size, budgets and administrative support. (Spotlight on Careers – Teaching: Public School: for username and password, please contact Career Services)
Teaching private school
Private schools, also known as independent schools or non-state schools, are not administered by local, state or national governments; thus, they retain the right to select their students and are funded in whole or in part by charging their students tuition. Because private schools do not receive tax dollars, removing state requirements, private schools have much greater leeway in the courses they offer and the curriculum standards they use. There are many, many different types of private schools, varying in their philosophies of education, and their services to students and communities. The teaching environment in a private school can differ greatly from that of a public school, often due to greater autonomy in the classroom, motivated students, a sense of community, and adherence to a mission. Benefits of teaching at a private school are greater control over curriculum and discipline in the classroom, as well as more parent involvement. A negative could be less pay than their public school counterparts. (Spotlight on Careers – Teaching: Private School: for username and password, please contact Career Services)
Teaching overseas
Teaching overseas is a wonderful opportunity for those who want to spend any amount of time, whether six months or several years abroad. A significant majority of overseas teaching opportunities are focused on teaching English, and in many instances do not require any special certification.
  • Tefl.net provides a helpful “Frequently Asked Questions” section for those considering teaching English abroad.
  • Working Abroad presents a quick descriptive view of some of the types of teaching jobs available. English language skills are in high demand all around the world.
  • For more information, job options and helpful resume and interview advice visit Spotlight on Careers: Teaching Overseas (for username and password, please contact Career Services).
Higher education
Higher education in the United States refers to a variety of both public and private institutions of post-secondary education. Institutions of higher education provide an intellectually stimulating environment as they strive to support the growth and development of their students both in and outside the classroom. In addition to a stable workplace, colleges and universities often offer such benefits as access to facilities and events, health insurance, and retirement programs. For the most part, jobs in higher education require extensive work with students on the part of faculty and staff. Generally positions fall into one of three sectors on campus: Administration, positions such as dean of faculty, treasurer, director of development; Faculty; and Student Affairs, departments such as Financial Aid, Counseling, [and the best department] Career Planning. (Spotlight on Careers)

For more information on different areas of higher education visit spotlightoncareers.org/ (for username and password, please contact Career Services).
Library and information science
Most library work involves working directly with people who are users of the library and with technology used to collect, organize, and disseminate information and resources. Each library has a unique audience of users as well as a unique connection of resources and every employee needs to understand both in order to connect users with appropriate resources for their needs. Librarians are natural collaborators, so you'll often work closely with other groups and organizations in your library's "community" (whether that community is a city/town, college campus, other employees in your organization, or a widespread community connected only electronically) and with librarians at other facilities. Many librarians perform a number of functions in their library, including collection development, financial management, supervisory duties, technology troubleshooting, volunteer coordination, and information management.

The ALA describes some of the different jobs on this page: ala.org/educationcareers/careers

See Spotlight on Careers for more info: Spotlight on Careers - Library Information Science (for username and password, please contact Career Services).

Prepare for Jobs and Internships

Information, tips, and strategies to help prepare you as an undergraduate.
Education and certification
Through Colgate’s Department of Educational Studies students can pursue the following programs:
  • Undergraduate major or minor in Educational Studies
  • Undergraduate teacher certification (New York State) at either the elementary or secondary level
  • Master of Arts in Teaching and secondary school certification
Graduate School
There are many different education programs and specialties that exist. Some examples include:
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Administration and Supervision
  • Education Policy
  • Educational Psychology
  • Elementary, Secondary, or Higher Education specialties
  • Special Education
  • Student Counseling and Personnel Services
For more information visit: Grad School Rankings and Reviews

Certification
Certification will vary depending on your state. Visit teach.org/teaching-certification for a thorough explanation of licensing and certification requirements per state.
Résumé Advice
  • Highlight your academic credentials. Credentials, certifications and degrees should be listed at the top of your resume.
  • Include a teaching philosophy. Address your personal values and goals in regards to teaching. Explain what you want to accomplish in the classroom, how you plan to achieve that goal, and to what overall results.
  • Write a keyword-rich resume. Sample Education-Specific keywords include: Teaching and learning, curriculum development, curriculum planning, curriculum design, creative lesson planning, in-service leadership, peer tutoring, peer mentoring, lead teacher, teacher-parent relations, special needs students, gifted/talented students, ESL/ESOL students, student success, testing, learner assessment, technology integration, classroom management, classroom monitoring, discipline strategies, student involvement, parental involvement, instruction, teaching across the curriculum, interdisciplinary teaching approaches, K-12, mainstream, inclusion, brain-based learning.
Interview questions
Helpful skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Organization
  • Writing
  • Leadership
  • Experience working with students/children
  • Subject area knowledge
A sampling of relevant Colgate activities
Higher education resources
  • Chronicle of Higher Education - The Chronicle is the most comprehensive resource for reporting news in higher education.
  • Higher Education Resource Hub - A powerful clearinghouse that includes information on the history of higher education, an "Encyclopedia of Higher Ed," an extensive listing of job search sites and professional organizations, as well as a directory of higher education degree programs and course syllabi.
Library and information science resources
The American Library Association is the main professional organization, encompassing all kinds of library specialties so their site is an important one to explore.

Library-related resources collected by ALA. ala.org/educationcareers
Industry news and trends
Knowledge of industry news can give you a sense of the culture and make you a better interview candidate.
Graduate school
While jobs do exist for applicants who have not obtained a graduate degree in library science, most will need it to be considered professional librarians and to advance in the field. For the vast majority of jobs in the library field, a master's degree is sufficient. Some positions, however, require a PhD or a combination of a PhD or Master's in another subject area along with a Master's in Library Science.

Alumni Advice

Headshot of Cathy Law '81
Current Title and Organization:
High School Science Teacher at New Paltz High School and Adjunct Professor at SUNY New Paltz

Major at Colgate:
Geology

Advanced Degrees:
MS in Science Education
Q&A with Cathy
  • What do you currently do? I teach 9-12 grade science classes which involves preparing and teaching lessons on everything from Astronomy to Environmental Science. My job requires skills of a lawyer, judge, therapist, entertainer, librarian, bookkeeper, and occasionally the police. It is never boring.

  • What was your first position out of Colgate and what did you do in that role?
    I was a Reconnaissance Geologist for Anaconda Minerals in Alaska. We flew in helicopters and mapped the geology of the Alaskan wilderness. Fortunately for the pristine tundra and wildlife, we didn't find any valuable minerals.
  • How can students prepare themselves while at Colgate to work in your field?
    To be a fabulous and passionate teacher you need to take as many upper level science classes as you can. Fortunately, I took so many Biology and Geology classes that I was able to qualify for a double certification as an Earth Science and Biology teacher.
  • What extracurricular activities, associated with your profession or not, were you involved with while at Colgate?
    I was a member of the Outing Club. The geology department had an unofficial frisbee club which kept us in shape.

Find Opportunities

Recruiting timeline
For teaching, winter-spring recruiting is typical for a fall start date. Outside of teaching recruiting is as needed, without a definite cycle.
Job and internship search sites
  • Chronicle of Philanthropy: Job announcements are updated bi-weekly and organized by type (Fund Raising, Giving, and Managing) and by field (Advocacy, Arts, Education, Environment, Health, Religion, Social Services, and Other Organizations). For individuals interested in entering this profession, they also have an "Early Career Opportunities" section.
  • Schoolspring.com is a simple and comprehensive education job search site.
  • Careers at Achievement First Public Charter Schools
Search for teaching positions overseas
  • ESL Employment: offers free ESL / EFL worldwide job listings.
  • Eteach.com is a job search database which allows you to specify country and teaching level. It also provides additional resources for individuals starting out on their teaching overseas job search.
  • Teach Abroad allows you to search opportunities by country
  • Council on International Cultural Exchange (CIEE) is the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization.
Teaching fellowships
Library and information science: Getting started in the field
“Many people begin their interest in library science with a summer job, internship, or campus job in a library setting. There are two ways to look for summer jobs and internships in the field. First, if you have a location in mind, you can easily find listings of libraries of all types through the State Library in that state. For example, to find a list of libraries in Maine, search the term “Maine State Library” to find the main page of the state library. State libraries are the major source of information about libraries in each state. You can also get started on this website.” (Spotlight on Careers)

naviGATE Opportunities

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The Liberal Arts Career NetWORK (LACN) and Nationwide Internships Consortium (NIC) are databases of internships and entry-level jobs posted by employers interested in hiring liberal arts students.

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