50 Awesome Things You Can Do with a Masters of Arts in Teaching Degree

The MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) is quite an uncommon degree. It was created to enable people to become masters in teaching from both inside and outside the teaching profession. This means that teachers can complete a MAT, but equally those who have never been involved in teaching before. Because of this, the number of jobs the degree can lead to is quite vast and varied as well. Let’s take a look.

1. Special Education Teaching

Teach children who require special education. These include those with developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, and learning disabilities.

2. Adult Literacy

Teach adults who have low levels of literacy, often including those who have a poor grasp of English. Your goal is to increase their quality of life, particularly by increasing their employability skills.

3. Post Secondary or College Teacher

There are a number of college positions, and certainly university positions, where a doctoral degree is needed. However, some colleges, and particularly those where you can obtain diplomas and certificates, do allow master’s degrees.

4. Elementary Teacher

This role is usually take on by those who already held a teaching degree before they completed their MAT, teaching younger children.

5. Primary Curriculum Developer

This is another role most suitable for those who already have teaching experience, but who want to take on the responsibility of determining what children will actually learn.

6. Kindergarten Teacher

Again, this a role suitable for those with previous experience. You will teach the youngest children who have just entered school. There is a strong focus on learning through play.

7. School Administrator

Handle the academic management of the school you are employed by.

8. Educational Scholar

Create mentored research projects with the aim of further improving educational tools and strategies.

9. Educational Researcher

While similar to the educational scholar, a researcher usually aims to complete a doctorate degree.

10. Secondary Teacher

Provide education to young adolescents. You will focus on a specific subject, rather than on providing a broad type of education like that in primary school.

11. Secondary Curriculum Developer

As with the primary curriculum developer, this role ensures you improve what children are being taught. Being at secondary level, however, this will focus specifically on a single subject, rather than all subjects.

12. Family and Financial Crisis Counselor

This career is seen as part of adult education. You will work with families in need and try to provide them with education to improve their overall quality and standard of life.

13. Parish Teacher

If you are affiliated with a religious organization, you can also become a parish teacher, which means you will focus on teaching about the word of God to those coming to church.

14. Workforce Development Manager

This role can be taken up in all government organizations, public and private companies, and the nonprofit sector. You will mainly be responsible for managing the workforce needs in terms of training and development of staff.

15. Prison Educator

Work with prisoners in an attempt to improve their level of education, thereby aiming to reduce levels of recidivism.

16. Senior Teacher

With people living longer, they often want to start learning new skills after they retire. This requires specialized teaching skills that can be obtained through a MAT.

17. Middle School Teacher

Teach students in grades 9 to 12, and develop their curriculum. This focuses on a specific subject.

18. TEFL Teacher

TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), also known as ESOL, TESOL or ESL, teachers deal with students who do not speak English. They often work abroad, or they deal with refugees and asylum seekers who have arrived here.

19. Head Teacher

Those with a MAT often become head teachers, across kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high schools.

20. Teaching Diverse Learners

Be involved with curriculum development, but targeted specifically at those from different cultures and communities.

21. Adult Mathematics Teacher

Teach math to adults because just as low levels of adult literacy can lead to significant barriers to employment, so can poor understanding of mathematics.

22. Online Teacher

With more and more degree programs and educational programs running online, those who know how to educate through digital methods are in high demand.

23. Private Tutor

Help students with difficulties in specific subject areas to increase their knowledge.

24. Gifted Children Teacher

Teach children who are far ahead of their peers.

25. Overseas Teacher

Work in schools across the world to teach at different levels.

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26. Voluntary Worker

Work for voluntary organizations, such as the VSO.

27. Test Prep Teacher

Many students have to pass specialized tests, such as the SAT, GMAT, or GRE, and they require specialized teachers to help them prepare.

28. Librarian

Work in libraries, aiming to lift literacy levels in adults and children alike.

29. Daycare Manager

Work with the very young, providing them with a safe and secure environment where they can learn through play before going to regular school.

30. Running After School Programs

Run after school programs in sports, arts, or music.

31. Corporate Education Teacher

Teach specific skills to those in the workforce, such as critical thinking skills.

32. IT Teacher

Teach people to enhance their IT skills and knowledge. This is often an element of adult education and/or workforce development, t

33. Train the Trainers

Teach a particular subject to corporate trainers, who in turn will teach it to people in the company.

34. Journalist

Go into journalism and highlight issues with education around the world, particularly in areas that are war torn.

35. Community Advocate

Work with community members in an effort to increase their educational attainment, as well as their access to education.

36. Careers Counselor

Go into career counseling, where you determine whether students have the necessary skills for their course.

37. Tour Guide

You can have a tour guide career. For instance, if you taught history, you could work in a historical museum.

38. Magazine Editor

Work as editor for magazines that are educational in nature.

39. Public Relations

Focus on the liberal arts element of your degree and go into public relations. Obtaining a post-graduate certificate in public relations is usual for this career move.

40. Writer

Write about your fantastic experiences as a teacher.

41. SEO Content Writer

Write in-depth and original content to help in the search engine optimization of websites.

42. E-Training Developer

Develop courses for online training.

43. Media and Technology Specialist

Help determine whether educational software are fit for purpose.

44. Educational Policy Developer

Help develop new policies for federal government that improve the educational attainment of the nation as a whole.

45. Politician

Use your interpersonal skills to help people as a government official.

46. Student

The MAT is not a terminal degree, which means that you could also use it as a stepping stone towards your doctoral degree.

47. Pedagogical Consultant

Work as a consultant and complete projects for different schools and educational establishments.

48. Supply Teacher

You will be sent out to schools whenever there is a teacher shortage.

49. Instructional Design Expert

Combine curriculum development with online learning development, creating something completely new.

50. Financial Aid Advisor

Help students gain access to higher education even if they are on low income.

The MAT degree is very much designed for those who want to be in front of a classroom and have direct contact with pupils. It is also helpful for those who do not have a teaching background but want to go into education, focusing on their specialties. In addition, there are many other opportunities out there as well, including those that do not require teaching.

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