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Education

What is an education major?

The University of Denver's program in education is a dual-degree program that focuses on how human beings develop knowledge, values, skills and character qualities.

The survival and success of societies, groups and individuals depends upon effective education. Students who successfully complete the coursework for this 5-year program will receive a master of arts degree in curriculum and instruction and be recommended to the state of Colorado for teacher licensure.

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Common careers for education majors:

With a deep understanding of how people learn and the best way to teach them, many education majors go on to work in the government, business, education and nonprofit industries.

Common job titles held by these education majors include:

  • adult educator
  • education consultant
  • publisher
  • assistant principal
  • educational therapist
  • elementary teacher
  • camp counselor
  • employment training
  • career director
  • financial aid director
  • school psychologist
  • foreign student adviser
  • secondary teacher
  • guidance counselor
  • social worker
  • college teacher
  • human resource director
  • special education teacher
  • community educator
  • substitute teacher
  • computer specialist
  • personnel director
  • superintendent
  • counselor
  • politician
  • technical writer
  • curriculum supervisor
  • preschool teacher
  • textbook writer
  • director of student affairs
  • principal
  • training instructor
  • program director

Professional skills of education majors:

In addition to the careers listed above, education majors are well-suited to fields that require the following skills:

  • aptitude for leadership
  • proficiency in interpersonal communication
  • understanding of educational theories/practices
  • ability to communicate abstract ideas and facts to others
  • ability to solve problems and make decisions
  • ability to relate to and interact with people of differing
  • proficiency in one or more specialized areas background

Is an education major right for you?

Still unsure if you should major in education? Schedule a session with a career counselor, attend our "Choosing a Major" workshop, and attend career events where you can network with employers that hire education majors and alumni who majored in education.