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Careers in Education

You will benefit from opportunities to advance your career with a degree in education at the master's or doctorate level. While teaching positions may only require state certification, most school districts require candidates to hold a degree before advancing to senior management positions.

With a Master of Arts in Education, you could be prepared for education careers such as: 

  • Program Director
  • College Dean
  • School Board Member
  • Educational Consultant
  • Education Policy Analyst

Some of the careers you could pursue with your Doctor of Philosophy in Education include:

  • Preschool and Childcare Center/Program Education Administrator
  • Elementary and Secondary School Administrators
  • Instructional Coordinators

Discover more information about degree programs in education at Ashford University.

The Master of Arts in Education and the Doctor of Philosophy in Education are not CAEP**, TEAC or NCATE accredited, which is a requirement for certification in some states, and successful completion of the Masters of Arts in Education by itself does not lead to certification or licensure in any state. Other factors, such as a student’s criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study. All prospective students are advised to visit the Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD) and to contact the licensing body of the state where they are licensed or intend to obtain licensure to verify that these courses qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits in that state prior to enrolling. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the states’ policies and procedures relating to licensure as those policies are subject to change.

** The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the resulting entity from the merger of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).