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Education & Community Engagement

Teaching
Many Colby graduates come to realize the passion for making a difference through education & community engagement.

For students committed to ensuring our future leaders have equitable access to all of life’s opportunities through a quality education, Colby graduates enter the education field as teachers, administrators, counselors, and educational technology professionals.

Many future education professionals do not anticipate this pathway for themselves when they arrive at Colby. Many never select to major or minor in education. Through experiences such as Colby Cares About Kids (CCAK) or other civic engagement experiences, students come to realize the passion for making a difference through education & community engagement. 

Colby graduates have gone on to teach through Teach for America, KIPP Public Schools, UPenn’s Teaching Fellowship program, and many more avenues. They work in admissions and development in higher education institutions such as Tufts University, Northeastern University, and even here at Colby College, or they work in edtech at McGraw Hill and EarlyBird Education.

Sample Career Paths

K-12 Teaching

K-12 Teacher:

Teachers work in a variety of educational institutions, from public schools to independent schools to charter schools. Each pathway has its own entry process, and teachers often have a subject specialty, but the goal remains the same: to ensure each student can reach their potential through an enlightening and supportive classroom environment. 

Higher Education

Higher Education Administrator:

Beyond the amazing faculty in higher education that all students engage with are the staff administrators. Administrators support all areas of a college or university including academics, financial aid, fundraising, admissions, study abroad, career services, and more. These typically 12-month-long roles are vital to a student’s higher education experience and are a great way to support students if teaching is not your chosen path. 

Educational Technology Professional:

Educational Technology Professional:

Education and technology are ever increasingly connected. “Edtech” combines hardware and software with educational theory and practice to enhance learning opportunities and improve outcomes in the classroom. Edtech can help individuals with neurodivergent learning styles, keep teachers connected to students when not in the physical classroom, or provide supplemental courses to someone wanting to learn a new skill or subject area. Professionals in this space can work as software engineers, account managers, or somewhere in between, such as product designers. 

Advice

  • Engage with on-campus opportunities to get connected with education-related roles even if that’s not your major. (e.g. Colby Cares About Kids).
  • Aspiring teachers: learn about types of institutions and licensure requirements to prepare yourself for long-term goals. 
  • Consider an advanced degree with a combined experiential learning component. 
  • Think about what else is important to you and how it relates to a career in education. 

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