The Education Advantage

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"A teacher affects eternity; s/he can never tell where his/her influence stops."
--Henry Brooks Adams

The quote accurately sums up the value of teachers, counselors and school leaders: We greatly affect eternity by positively influencing the minds of students, their families and the clients with whom we interact. Everyone in our society is touched by a teacher, a counselor or school leader at some point in their lives. Working in one of these professions gives one the opportunity to influence and shape our world in immeasurable ways. Perhaps, that is why the need for professionals in these areas has grown substantially.

According to the US Department of Labor, Education is one of several “Bright Outlook Occupations expected to grow rapidly in the next several years.” Between 2010 and 2020, we will need 573,200 new elementary teachers, over 350,000 new Secondary teachers to teach Math, Science, English and other key subjects, and nearly 500,000 new Special Education teachers. There is also considerable growth expected in the fields of Counseling and Educational Leadership. Here is more information about the specific jobs connected with our degree programs.

An undergraduate degree in education can lead to a teaching license in elementary, secondary or special education. For example, the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree prepares teachers to teach kindergarten through sixth grade with an additional focus on math, history, psychology, or English language arts, or additional licensure areas in early childhood-preschool, English learners, or special education – mild intervention. The Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education degree prepares teachers to teach middle school, junior high school, or high school in the following content areas: math, English, chemistry, biology, physics, earth/space science, physical science, French, Spanish, German and social studies (history, government, geography, psychology, or sociology). Students who major in Music or Art can also obtain a teaching license in one of those fields. The Bachelor of Science in Special Education degree prepares you to become a special educator with a license in mild interventions which incorporates mild learning, emotional and other cognitive disabilities in grades Pre-School through Grade 12. 

Graduate degrees in education can lead to licensure in counseling either as a school counselor, mental health counselor or rehabilitation counselor. Certification in educational leadership leads to licensure as a building principal and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in special education leads to licensure as a newly minted special educator. Other graduate programs, such as the Unified Track Masters degree program in Elementary & Secondary Education provides practitioners with a more in-depth look at the way culturally and linguistically diverse students learn and addresses how teachers can effectively develop classrooms to promote healthy learning environments for diverse student populations across the educational spectrum. The Transition to Teaching program is for mid-career professionals who hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education. While it does not lead to a degree, it can lead to licensure in elementary or one of many secondary education fields. You want to shape the world? Teach! Lead! Counsel!

All Indiana University South Bend education programs are nationally accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (or CAEP also formerly known as NCATE) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP). For more information about our programs, please contact our Advising Office at 574.520.4845.  For more information about the School of Education, please see or click on one of the links to the left.