Roles that Can Help Advance Your Career in Education

James Paterson
James Paterson
MS in School Counseling

Educators are generally people who are self-starters and hard workers, and that leads many of them to find ways to explore teaching roles in their schools that can improve both their resumes and understanding of key topics — and advance their careers.

These opportunities are sometimes evident — but discovering and pursing some may take some exploration. Experts say these additional teaching roles bolster careers, heighten teacher engagement and in many cases help the teacher improve their school.

Some teachers, for instance, may just find that they can move into position to head their subject area department, or become a team leader for a staff group that cuts across departments for a particular grade level or specific type of student. In middle school, there are often grade level teams, but increasingly some high schools have developed teams to help freshmen adapt, and others take shape to work on testing, security, parent engagement or other school-wide initiatives.


Others may find they want to move into administrative positions as assistant principals, principals or other administrators, and typically school districts have structures in place to help with that sort of advancement.

Positions in school administration often require more training, and many principals and and other administrators have doctoral degrees. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) generally reports that jobs should increase around 4% between now and 2028.

School Counselors

School counseling ranks are often filled with former teachers, who may receive a salary boost and enjoy a different type of work with students. Typically, a teacher with the required masters in school counseling is attractive to schools who prioritize hiring counselors who have both the counseling skills and the understanding of what happens in a classroom, how a school operates, and the theory behind teaching and learning from a teacher’s perspective.

The American School Counselors Association has details about what the job entails, and has developed expected standards for the profession in a national model for a counseling program.

Teachers also can find opportunities to teach at the college level, though the requirements will vary according to the institution, and some may require more advanced degrees, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which reports that the job prospects for them are good. Doctorates are often helpful.

Instructional Coordinators, Coaches

There are also positions that are less evident and traditional. Instructional coordinators and instructional coaches often come from teaching ranks, moving into a position where they can develop curriculum and help teachers meet goals for it. With the increase reliance on technology, schools and districts also need technology specialists and “Ed-Tech coaches.”

There are also ways that teachers can make connections outside of school that can offer them additional financial resources and connections that can pay off. After school groups run by community organizations and businesses often seek experienced teachers to recruit students and run the program, which can lead to full time positions with non-profit organizations or other opportunities and valuable connections outside of the school.


In another role related to their students, teachers may also find they can do tutoring in their subject area either face-to-face or increasingly online. Edsurge reports that there are often opportunities for teachers to add to their income as tutors.

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