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Career Paths & Job Market

See: Bureau of Labor Statistics re: careers in Elementary Education.

Job Opportunities

An associate degree in Elementary Education from NECC will qualify you to work as a paraprofessional (teacher assistant/instructional aid) in a public school.

To become licensed as a public school teacher it is necessary to transfer to a four-year college with an approved teacher education after program after graduating from NECC. You will be qualified to enter the teaching profession once you complete a bachelor degree and pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) or in New Hampshire, Praxis I.

Please contact Erin O’Brien, Coordinator for the Center for Careers in Teaching, for information regarding the MTEL test. Erin’s contact information is eobrien@necc.mass.edu or call (978)-738-7436.

Private schools may also employ you as a teacher. The MTEL or Praxis I is usually not a requirement for teaching at a private school, although completion of a bachelor degree is.

Once you acquire your initial teacher licensure you may decide to pursue an additional specialization at the Master Degree level, such as special education, guidance counseling, or school administration.

Additional Information on Elementary Educator Licensure
In Massachusetts: http://www.doe.mass.edu/educators/e_becoming.html
In New Hampshire: http://www.education.nh.gov/