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What is Education?
Education is the area of practice, study and employment that deal with process and methods of imparting knowledge and training to other individuals, be they children, teenagers or adults. Education covers a variety of practices, specializations, levels, methods which may be applied to a specific classroom setting, or a school as a whole. Individuals at the highest level of the field utilize theory to try to uncover which methodologies will work best in promoting educational growth, often constructing new theories and experimental theories.
A degree in education can be earned at a variety of levels, starting from certification all the way to a doctorate. The level of education is dictated by the type of work the student wishes to be qualified for, with high level degrees typically providing access to higher level and more varied forms of teaching jobs. Students of these programs will cover a variety of topics, including methods and techniques to promote interest in typically underwhelming subjects, how to hold a student's attention, what forms of activities best promote memory retention and other such subjects. Students may also work under the supervision of professionals during externships in order to obtain practical experience and familiarize themselves with the application of learned methodologies.
A curriculum in education may include:
- Education Theory
- Art Education and Application
- Student Behavior and Development
Employment Opportunities and Licensure
Education is very large field that offers a variety of employment opportunities and specializations; for instance, an individual having earned a bachelor's degree may seek to specialize in the education of art, and seek certification in that area of study in order to be qualified as an art educator. There is a need for professional educator's throughout the country for all types, including those who have a broader general and comprehensive approach to education. Individuals with higher level degrees may seek employment at colleges and universities, and may be involved in policy development or the construction of theory and methodology through research. Every state will have requirements governing the licensure of educators which must be followed when seeking employment. Individuals seeking a career in a specific state should research the state's licensure procedure and try to fulfill them as quickly as possible. It is important to note that licensure is only required for individuals seeking employment with public institutions.
Job Growth, Salary and Related Fields
Education is a growing field. As population increases the need for educators increases naturally, particularly in the United States where public education is available and students under the age of 18 in particular are required to attend school. Opportunities tend to be higher in areas with large concentrations of people, such as urban centers, though budgetary conflicts may reduce employment opportunities in a given state or area for a period of time. Salary for an educator will vary greatly based on location, education and position, and as a result there is no singular average for education as a whole, though it can range for 28,000 per year to over 100,000 per year based on the above factors.
For more information about a career in teaching, check out The Single Most Comprehensive Guide to a Teaching Career post on our blog.