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What Will You Do with Your Master’s Degree from Midwest Teachers Institute?

January 10, 2022


MTI: Professional Development Courses

For many teachers, the completion of a master’s degree can provide just the right boost to bring positive career changes. While the knowledge gained through an advanced degree can help breathe new life into your teaching and boost your lifetime earning potential, it can also help you transition into an inspiring new role. A master’s degree can open a variety of new opportunities in the classroom and beyond. If you’ve ever thought, “What can I do with a master’s degree in education?” keep reading to learn more!

Four Pathways, Endless Opportunities

MTI offers four unique master’s programs for educators. In addition to teaching, take a look at just some of the career opportunities each pathway can provide!

Career Opportunities with a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction

Instructional Coordinators develop their school’s curriculum, oversee student and teacher progress, and seek out instructional materials to help the school achieve its teaching and learning goals.

Curriculum Specialists focus on helping teachers implement the curriculum in a way that meets the needs of all learners. They help teachers plan lessons, as well as analyze student performance, model instruction, and support differentiation.

Corporate Trainer Facilitators provide professional development and training for employees in a business setting. They may develop online or in-person training materials to support company goals or lead corporate trainings on a variety of new initiatives.


Career Opportunities with a Master’s in Special Education

A Behavior Intervention Specialist observes and assesses individual students and provides counsel to teachers, parents, and students to support learning and growth. These positions can be found in schools, residential treatment centers, group homes, and early intervention programs.

Reading Specialists work with individuals or small groups of students to build reading skills. They can help students, teachers and caregivers understand specific reading challenges and how to overcome them. Reading specialists also test students to determine if they need further support, including focused instruction or special education.

An Educational Diagnostician or Psychometrist works as part of a team to assess and support the needs of children. Depending on the setting, these professionals provide a standardized environment for assessing patients, then use detailed criteria and observations to help counselors and psychologists interpret the results.

An advanced degree in special education can also prepare you for work in clinical settings. Hospitals, for example, may offer intervention positions to help children and adults with disabilities receive the services they need. Hospitals and private health providers also hire educators to coordinate learning for children who are hospitalized or receiving rehabilitation services for extended periods of time.


Career Opportunities with a Master’s in P.E. and Health

Athletic Directors (ADs) oversee all aspects of an athletic program, including hiring coaches, scheduling, budget preparation, promotion, compliance, and facility management. ADs are highly organized individuals who thrive in a position of leadership and love sports!

Program Specialists and Health and Wellness Coordinators work for companies and local governments to encourage employees or residents to take care of their heath. This growing field focuses on educating people on health issues of all kinds, from mental to physical.

There are also a wide variety of Athletic Administration jobs for those with a master’s in physical education, including college and professional sports management, sports writing and marketing, and recreation leadership for local governments and non-profits (e.g., YMCA, health clubs, etc.).


Career Opportunities with a Master’s in ESL/ELL (Linguistically Diverse Education)

Program Directors and Directors of ESL Studies develop and support the implementation of curriculum to meet the unique learning needs of ESL / ELL students. Directors work closely with administration, teachers, and students to create a cohesive, collaborative program.

Postsecondary Instructors According to the TESOL International Association, a “master’s degree in TESOL [or ESL/ ELL] can be considered the terminal degree for teaching English as a second, foreign, or additional language” at many universities and community colleges. This is a unique opportunity, given the educational attainment generally required for a postsecondary teaching position.

Teaching English Abroad Teachers with a master’s in ESL/ ELL are considered highly qualified to teach English or lead English as a foreign language (EFL) programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities to pursue, either traveling or teaching online. You may decide teaching abroad is a lifetime career or you may take what you learn back home to improve education for ELLs in the States.


What will you do with your master’s degree from Midwest Teachers Institute? Whether you choose to build on your work in the classroom or step into an entirely new role, you can be assured your knowledge and experience will positively impact the lives of others now and in the future. A master’s degree is an empowering choice for any teacher who has ever looked at our current system and thought, “I can do better.” Midwest Teachers Institute is proud to offer four affordable, flexible, and relevant master’s programs designed to support your career goals.


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