Education Career Guide


Places to Gain Related Experience:

  • IKUS Life Enrichment Services
  • EDUStaff, LLC – Substitute teaching
  • The McCahill Group
  • National Heritage Academies
  • Amazon
  • Everyday Wonders Educare
  • Learning Care Group
  • Professional Educational Group Services (PESG)
  • Camp Fire

Where Alumni Have Landed

  • English/Spanish Teacher – Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Substitute Teacher – EDU Staff, LLC
  • Special Education Teacher – Kenowa Hills Public Schools
  • Customer Success Manager – TenMarks Education, an Amazon Company
  • Technology Integration Specialist – Grandville Public Schools
  • Adjunct Professor*  – Grand Rapids Community College
  • Dean of Human Services* Baker College
  • Dean of Adult Education* – Grace Bible College
  • Grants Consultant – National Heritage Academies – Grants Consultant
  • Physical Education Teacher  – Aurora Public Schools (Colorado)
  • Teacher Consultant – Fraser Public Schools
  • Secondary Special Education Supervisor* Troy School District
  • Supervisor of Special Education* Eastern Service Unit
  • Director of Special Education – Sparta Area Schools
  • KTC CORE West Program Instructor (Career Orientation Readiness Education) – Kent ISD
  • GED Instructor* – Sparta Area Schools –
  • Alternative Academy Virtual Teacher – Montabella Community Schools
  • Director of Adult Education*  Sparta Area Schools
  • Secondary English Teacher and Trainer –  Peace Corps
  • Principal* –  Byron Center Public Schools

(*) indicates another degree is required


Hannah Witte '20 Spotlight

Hannah Witte '20

While completing my English major, I felt like I was not a good enough critical thinker and writer compared to my peers, but when I took a class with professor Kurt Bullock, he made me recognize that I actually excel in these areas.

Emily Miller '14 & '20 Spotlight

Emily Miller '14 & '20

A favorite GVSU memory was creating and curating a student art show with my friend (also art teacher) Michelle Haapala. As art education majors, a final show was not part of our degree, but we wanted to show what our students could do.

Christina McElwee '05 & '08 Spotlight

Christina McElwee '05 & '08

One of my favorite memories from Grand Valley was being a part of the GVSU Dance Troupe. I had never taken any type of organized dance classes prior but soon fell in love with the art of dance. I still dance both recreationally and competitively today.

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Student Organizations to Consider

  • Council for Exceptional Children (CECS)
  • Kappa Delta Pi
  • Teachers of Tomorrow – Phi Delta Kappa
  • Student Chapter of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

Study Abroad Programs

Discover the different education systems around the world and develop your own personal international pedagogy.  Imagine yourself doing your student teaching in an Indian classroom with the COST program, or learn the Hungarian teaching style during a semester in Budapest!

Path to Graduate and Professional Education

Develop some of these technical and professional competencies to be successful:

  • Leadership
  • Customer service
  • Teaching
  • Teamwork
  • Social media
  • Curriculum development
  • Educational leadership
  • Classroom management
  • Educational Technology
  • Response To Intervention (RTI)

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