EXPLORE THE EDUCATION INDUSTRY

This diverse Career Cluster prepares learners for careers in planning, managing and providing education and training services, and related learning support services. Millions of learners each year train for careers in education and training in a variety of settings that offer academic instruction, career and technical instruction, and other education and training services.

Top 6 Careers in Demand in Illinois

Teacher Assistants
25%

Minimum Education Requirements: High School Diploma

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $25, 600

Elementary School Teacher
58%

Minimum Education Requirements: Four Year Bachelor’s Degree

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $58,820

Secondary School Teachers
63%

Minimum Education Requirements: Four Year Bachelor’s Degree

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $63,680

CHILDCARE WORKERS
22%

Minimum Education Requirements: High School Diploma

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $22,410

preschool teachers
28%

Minimum Education Requirements: High School Diploma

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $28,380

middle school teachers
61%

Minimum Education Requirements: Four Year Bachelor’s Degree

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $61,400

Career Pathways

Elementary and Secondary Superintendents, Principals, Administrators
Supervisors and Instructional Coordinators
Education Researchers, Test Measurement Specialists/ Assessment Specialists
College Presidents, Deans, Department Chairs, Program Coordinators
Post-Secondary Administrators
Curriculum Developers
Instructional Media Designers
Education and Training Technician
Labor Relations Managers/Specialists

Psychologists- Clinical, Developmental, Social
Social Workers
Parent Educators
Counselors
Program Advisors
Financial Aid Advisors
Career Counselors/ Advisors
Career and Employment Placement Counselors
Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Instructional Resources Coordinator
Technology Support Administrator
Database Administrators/AV Specialists
Distance Education Coordinator
Human Resources Manager
Organization Development Specialist
Training Manager/Coordinator
Instructional Coordinators
Museum Coordinators/Technicians
Media Coordinators/Specialists
Instructional Media Designer

Preschool, Kindergarten Teachers, Aides
Elementary Teachers, Aides
Secondary/CTE Teachers, Aides
Special Education Teachers, Aides
College/University Lecturers, Professors
Human Resource Trainers
Physical Trainers
Professional Coaches
Preschool & Child Care Program Directors
Child Care Assistants/Workers
Child Life Specialist
Nanny
Early Childhood Teachers and Assistants
Instructional Systems Specialist
Corporate Trainers and Educators
Adult Literacy Teachers
Librarians/Assistants/ Technicians

District Specific Pathways

Pathway Courses:

Year 1 –¬†Elective

Year 2 – Parenting/Child Development

Year 3 –¬†Educating Young Children I

Year 4 – Educating Young Children II

*Related Electives: Introduction to Business, Computer Applications I & II, Psychology, AP Psychology,
Sociology, Business Management, Introduction to Oral Communication/Advanced Speech,
Entrepreneurship/Internship

School Related Activities:Athletics, Principal’s Advisory Committee, Scholastic Bowl, Student Council, Peer
Leadership/Mentoring, Key Club, Interact, FBLA, FCCLA, Speech Team, Best Buddies, PRIDE/GSA

College Majors (examples): Library Science , Multicultural/ESL Education, Primary Education, School
Administration, School Counseling, Special Education, Sport and Fitness Management

Certifications High School:Gateways to Opportunity Level I Credential

Certifications Heartland:Early Childhood Education Level 2 Credential and Early Childhood Education Infant Toddler
Level 2 Credential

Course Offerings: Core Curriculum, Speech, Career Seminar, LIFE Peer Buddy, Senior Internship

Other Opportunities: Parkland PSY 101 and SOC 101

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