Careers in Education
Education and Careers
In addition to its exceptional undergraduate program in education, Simmons offers excellent graduate programs for tomorrow's teachers and educational leaders in General Education, Special Education, English as a Second Language, Assistive Technology, and Reading.
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, job opportunities for teachers will vary based on location, grade level and subject taught. Overall student enrollment, which affects teacher hiring, will grow more slowly than in the past. Most job openings will result from the need to replace those teachers who are expected to retire over the 2008—18 period.
However, the number of special education teachers is expected to increase by 17 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is faster than average for most occupations. This is due to the increasing number of special education students needing services.
Career Services for Education Graduate Students
The CEC is here to help Education students and alumnae/i with all your career preparation needs. The CEC takes our commitment to students seriously, honoring the Simmons promise to put you first.
The CEC offers services and resources tailored specifically to the needs of graduate students in Education. The CEC staff partners with Education faculty to present customized in-classroom workshops on topics such as the MBTI, resume, cover letter, interviewing and job search for Education graduate students.
In the Career Toolkit here on the CEC site you will also find the resources you need to begin your preparation for your job search.
In addition to providing faculty-requested workshops, the CEC offers personalized career coaching to help you launch your teaching career. You can make an appointment with a career coach for a one-on-one meeting (see below).
Career Programs and Events
Education Career Networking Fair
The CEC and Education Department co-sponsor the annual Education Career Networking Fair in March on the Simmons campus. This event is your opportunity to meet with representatives from Massachusetts school systems who are seeking to hire graduating Simmons Education students for potential employment in their schools. Information about attending the fair and student registration is posted early in the spring semester. Your department faculty and staff will be in touch with second year students about the fair.
Massachusetts Educational Recruiting Consortium (MERC)
The Massachusetts Educational Recruiting Consortium (MERC) holds an annual career fair in April to bring together employers from across the U.S. with undergraduate and graduate students and alumni from member institutions for networking, interviewing and job searching. The consortium is made up of representatives from colleges and universities throughout Massachusetts. The fair is usually held in Boston.
Eligibility to attend the fair is restricted to matriculated students and alumni from MERC member schools, including Simmons. Students and alumni interested in attending the fair must get a MERC registration packet from the CEC. You may pick up the packet in the CEC office or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, degree and class year in your e-mail. Packets become available during the spring semester towards the end of February.
Learn more about other CEC recruiting events and other career programs here.
The Simmons Library provides career resources specific to the Education discipline. Resources include job banks specific to that area, professional associations, and descriptive career information. Visit the Education Careers Guide here.
Also see the Career Focus information on the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies section of the Simmons website.
To make an appointment with a CEC career coach contact us as follows:
The CEC also conducts Weekly Drop-In Hours. Stop by for a 15 minute drop-in session with a career coach if you have a brief question or need your resume and cover letter reviewed.
Drop in Hours:
When: Mondays and Tuesdays, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Where: Career Education Center, Suite M107-M112, 1st Floor, SOM/Academic Building
We look forward to working with you.