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What Can You Do With A Major Secondary Education?

Secondary Teachers educate individuals from early middle grades through late adolescence and early adulthood. They help students learn and apply concepts in a variety of subjects – including English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Secondary school teachers are ethical and caring professionals endowed with the special knowledge and skills of working with school-based individuals, nurturing and developing learners to be inquisitive, achieving, and contributing members of their families, communities and the larger world. They have a specialized knowledge of teaching in one or more subject areas, and prepare and educate younger generations for post-secondary academic or vocational achievements. Secondary teachers work in public, private, and parochial school settings with diverse groups of students regardless of differences in age, gender, and race, along with different ethnic and religious backgrounds. Secondary teaching is a career where you can express your passions, continue to develop your knowledge and skills in your areas of expertise, and inspire minds to learn and grow – everyday. 


Typical Career Paths

  • Middle and High School Teachers 
  • Instructional Leads and Mentors 
  • Instructional Coordinators 
  • School and District Administration
  • Online Instructors
  • Athletic Coaches and Mentors
  • School Counselors
  • Teacher Preparation
  • Media/Library Coordinators
  • Community-based Education Instructors
  • Museum Coordinators

Related Career Titles

Note: Some of these occupations might require an advanced degree


Adult Education Teacher   Educational Resource Manager
Media Center Specialist   Alumni Relations Coordinator
Educational Therapist   Athletic Coach
Elementary Teacher   Physical Education Instructor
Athletic Director   Preschool Administrator
Child Life Specialist   Financial Aid Counselor
Registrar/Admissions Director   Curriculum Specialist
Grant Writer   Training Specialist
Day Care Administrator   Guidance Counselor
Resource Teacher   Education Management
Historic Site Administrator   School Psychologist
Education Materials Sales   College/University Instructor
Secondary School Teacher   Education/Training Administrator
Kindergarten Teacher   Social Worker
Librarian   Speech Pathologist
Tutor   Student Affairs Administrator
Industrial Arts Teacher   Special Education Administrator

 Typical Employers/Work Settings

  • Public Schools
  • Local government educational services                 
  • Private schools                                                                                              
  • Religious organizations/schools
  • Secondary Schools
  • Employment Service
  • State Government
  • Educational Support Services

  • Individual and Family Services

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Skills Needed For This Career

Oral Communication Skills   Ability to organize and coordinate
Creativity   Ability to motivate others
Listening skills   Special Education skills
Persuasive skills   Written communication
Interpersonal skills   Mathematical abilities
Curriculum development   Language skills
Counseling skills   Group dynamics
Ability to teach/train   Explaining ideas clearly
Lesson planning   Ability to teach to different learninglevels
Flexibility   Computer skills
Provide/respond to feedback   Cultural understanding
Public speaking   Organization
Planning   Managing time/stress

Beginning Salary Range

Links To Professional Associations  


Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases. 

American Federation of Teachers 

National Association of State Boards of Education 

National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA) 

National Education Association (NEA) 

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

Association of American Educators
Council for Exceptional Children
American School Counselor Association
American Library Association
American Association of School Administrators
American Educational Research Association
International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
Phi Delta Kappa International
Association for Career and Technical Education
American College Personnel Association
NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

National Association of School Psychologists

Internet Resources

National Organizations or Databases Advocates for aspiring and current educators and teachers - Advocates for aspiring and current educators and teachers.  

Graduate School

Applying To Graduate and Professional Schools

Link To UNF Academic Program

The Department of Foundations and Secondary Education  

Holland Interest Codes

Elementary Education- Social; Enterprising; Conventional (SEC)

Career Action Plan

  • Conduct an informational interview and/or shadow a professional in the field
  • Join a professional association for this career field
  • Develop leadership skills by participating in on-campus activities (RA, Peer Advisor, Student Government, Presidential Envoys, Fraternities, Sororities, Student Clubs)
  • Look to do an internship in your junior and/or senior year to gain experience in this field
  • Obtain teaching experience working with target age group by doing volunteer or part-time work
  • Consider taking a public speaking course to develop your presentation skills
  • Attend job fairs and networking events to meet with employer representatives and to explore options