If you’re looking for a job that not only challenges you, but also delivers priceless rewards, a career in education may be right for you! From elementary and secondary education to state colleges and universities, the Department of Career Services (DCS) located within the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) can provide you with job services and resources that can help you reach your employment goals. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) also recruits qualified professionals to fill certain positions within the public school system.
Education and Training
Teachers in Massachusetts are required to maintain a variety of skills that prepare them to run an effective classroom as well as make positive contributions to their broader school community. Teachers must be well versed in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, the subject matter they teach as well as the practice of teaching. That practical teaching knowledge, also called pedagogical skills, includes how to assess student understanding of course work and the age-appropriateness of various teaching tools.
Teachers must also demonstrate they have met subject matter knowledge requirements by taking and passing the appropriate sections of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure. Pedagogical skills and knowledge are acquired and demonstrated in approved teacher preparation programs, which prepare candidates to meet the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers.
Some jobs in special education or higher education will require further education or training to be qualified for the position you want. Find out more information on schools and programs that offer continuing education, training, apprenticeship, and more. You may also want to learn more about grants and other financial aid for adult education and training.
If a college degree or beyond is required for you to reach your career goals, learn more about Massachusetts in-state college residency tuition policy and explore information about Massachusetts public higher education campuses. Finding a program that's right for you can take time and effort. Here are a few pointers from the Better Business Bureau to guide you in your search. Also learn about financial assistance information from the Executive Office of Education that may help you to achieve your education and training goals.
Where to look for Jobs in Education
When beginning your job search, you can take advantage of online resources to assist with this process, including the Massachusetts Career Information System (MassCIS), or JobQuest, the state’s free online job service, where you can search for jobs, workshops and job fairs, and training opportunities throughout Massachusetts.
Job seekers can also speak directly with a trained career counselor at the nearest Massachusetts One-Stop Career Center.
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) recruits qualified candidates for a number of federally funded employment opportunities to support the Education Reform Act of 1993, as well as the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act ("No Child Left Behind") initiatives. Vacancies exist for entry level, professional and managerial positions.
ESE leadership positions provide the opportunity to assist with facilitating school-improvement processes throughout the 391 school districts in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The ultimate goal of this program is to ensure that achievement gaps are prevented and/or closed, and that every student receives the support and tools necessary to reach high academic standards and graduate high school prepared for college.
For a complete listing of employment opportunities within the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, visit the Human Resources Division's Commonwealth Employment Opportunities (CEO) website. Contract opportunities and student internships in education are also available.
The Massachusetts Educators Career Center, a job-matching service for Massachusetts public school teachers and administrators, is a great source for job seekers. You can contact districts and schools directly regarding any openings they may have.
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