What Can I Do With an Education Major?

There is always a need for great teachers. Augustana's Education Department has a record of almost 100 percent graduate placement in elementary, middle school, high school, and special education.

America’s schools have geographically based shortages in every area of teaching, particularly in rural and urban schools. Throughout the country, the highest need areas are secondary math, secondary science, K-12 Special Education, and K-12 bilingual education.

Housed in the Augustana Education Department are two additional majors--Communication Disorders (Speech/Language Pathologists & Audiologists) and Sign Language Interpreters. Both of these fields have high need; employers are eager to hire individuals from either of these majors.

South Dakota and Minnesota are periodically identified with particularly high need. The following is a synopsis of national need by major:

  • Elementary Education (K-8 Certification): The highest need is in the area of English as a second language. This is a certification (ENL) that Augustana University's Education Department offers, and is easily attainable within the four-year plan of study.
  • Secondary Education (7-12 Certification): The highest need areas include chemistry, earth and space science, physics, mathematics, general science (middle school), language arts (SD), social science (SD), and English as a second language. Augustana offers an endorsement in K-12 ENL.
  • All Grades (K-12: Music, Art, Physical Education, Spanish, French, and German Certification): There is a consistent and constant need for teachers in world languages (SD and MN), physical education (MN), art (SD), music (SD), and English as a second language. Augustana offers an endorsement in K-12 ENL.
  • Special Education (K-12 Certification): Shortages in the area of special education are severe; in fact, the rate of need is expected to grow faster than any other area of teaching. Collaboration is a keystone of this major; regular education teachers and special education teachers work closely together as schools become more inclusive.
  • Sign Language Interpreting: This exciting and lucrative career is expected to have high need for the next eight years and beyond. Sign language interpreters work in a variety of settings: schools, medical facilities, the legal system, and community events (such as Vikings and Packers games, political debates, and Boy and Girl Scout meetings). Augustana graduates are well prepared to serve in any of these settings.
  • Communication Disorders (Speech/Language Pathologists): Job opportunities flourish in this career choice. There is great need for individuals interested in becoming speech pathologists. If this is your future career, you may choose to work in the K-12 setting, private clinics, hospitals, or start your own business. Augustana boasts its own Communication Disorders Clinic right on campus.