Go to the Head of the Class: Two Education Fields on the Rise

Top Quote Significant job growth expected for jobs in special education and for instructional coordinators; eLearners.com releases new guide for those considering these high-demand careers. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) June 24, 2011 - As part of its "Guide to Online Education" series, eLearners.com today released a new guide that profiles two high-growth fields in education: jobs in special education and for instructional coordinators. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), through 2018, demand for instructional coordinators will grow by 23 percent, while opportunities in P-20 special education are expected to increase by 17 percent, with 20 percent growth for special education teachers at the preschool, kindergarten and elementary school levels.

    As reflected in the BLS data, for those interested in a career in education, these two fields may offer better job prospects. Especially in suburban areas, many trying to become classroom teachers have had difficulty finding jobs. The majority of opportunities for classroom teachers are in inner cities or rural areas because attracting and retaining teachers in these areas is a challenge. For those looking to do something else with their education degree or who are considering getting their degree, becoming a special education teacher or instructional coordinator might be a good choice.

    The eLearners.com guide offers information related to both fields from an overview of the job descriptions and work settings to the training and qualifications required for employment. For both fields, job candidates must have their state license. Most states only require a bachelor's degree in education for special education teachers and some may even provide a way for those with their bachelor's degree in a non-education related field to gain the necessary credentials. Although, there are several states that do require a master's degree for entry into special education. For instructional coordinators, a master's degree is required for positions in public schools and is often preferred for job opportunities in other settings.

    For current teachers interested in becoming an instructional coordinator, getting a masters degree online may be a great option. Teachers can continue to teach while pursuing their degree, fitting their coursework around their work and family responsibilities. For more information about both special education and careers as an instructional coordinator, visit http://www.elearners.com/guide/majors-and-careers/education-and-teaching/two-education-fields-on-the-rise/.

    To learn more about online education or online college degrees, go to eLearners.com.

    About eLearners.comŽ
    Since 1999, eLearners.com has been successfully connecting individuals seeking online degree, certification or training programs with a variety of accredited colleges and universities online. eLearners.com provides prospective students with a powerful search engine for finding thousands of program offerings online, as well as a variety of educational evaluation tools and financial aid resources. eLearners.com offers schools seeking prospective students a low-cost, performance-based method to gain national exposure and increase enrollments in their programs.

    Lindsey Mikal
    Communications Strategy Group
    lmikal ( @ ) csg-pr dot com
    (303) 433-7020

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