Education & Helping Professions

This Career Community is focused on the many different areas students can pursue in education and the helping professions. Browse blogs for career advice, look at resources for job and internship leads and watch videos profiling unique roles and occupations.

    View a sample of professional titles related to this major

    Visit My Next Move to browse for helping-related occupations by keyword or industry.

    • Actors, musicians and singers
    • Clinical, counseling and school psychologists
    • Clergy
    • Coaches and scouts
    • Customer service representatives
    • Education professors
    • Education administrator
    • Elementary school teachers
    • Family & marriage therapists
    • Human resources managers
    • Interpreters and translators
    • Museum technicians and curators
    • Preschool teachers
    • Psychologists
    • Psychiatric technicians
    • Post-secondary teachers
    • Recreational workers
    • Rehabilitation counselors
    • Secondary school teacher
    • Social and community service managers
    • Social workers
    • Special education teachers

    Need help exploring your career options? Take the Focus 2 assessment to search for occupations that fit with your interests, values, skills, and personality. Then speak with a Career Specialist about the results.

    Check out helping-related MU majors, minors and certificates

    Please visit Majors@Mizzou and browse this site by career interests, occupation and by School or College. Remember, these are just a few examples of degree programs. A wide variety of MU majors can lead to a successful and satisfying career in education and helping.

    • Architectural Studies
    • Ancient Mediterranean Studies
    • Anthropology
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Educational Studies
    • Elementary Education
    • General Studies
    • History
    • Human Development and Family Science
    • Interdisciplinary
    • International Studies
    • Linguistic
    • Middle School Education
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Religious Studies
    • Roman Language/German/Russian
    • Secondary Education
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Special Education

    Another helpful tool is the What Can I Do With This Major site where you can connect academic majors to common career paths and see typical employers that hire those majors.

    Learn how to have career conversations to find possible career paths 
    Discover the unique career paths of fellow Tigers
    • Use LinkedIn to see what thousands of Mizzou alumni are doing with their degrees.
    • Explore the Career Outcomes web page to see what recent MU graduates are doing and where they are living.


What You Should Know About the Praxis

The Praxis I (also called Core) is a basic skills test in reading, writing, and math. Most teacher preparation programs require future educators to take this assessment as part of the admissions process.

The Praxis II assesses your knowledge in …

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Resources on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Student and Educator Mental Health

Research shows that SEL is the foundation of academic success and is even more critical during times of crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that addressing mental health must become a priority in our school communities–for students, teachers, education support professionals, and other educators alike. The …

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Making the Most of Student Teaching: Great Activities

Every educator preparation program (EPP) likely has a checklist of activities all student teachers (teacher candidates) need to do as part of their clinical practice/student teaching. That list can be viewed as just a bunch of hoops you have to …

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Prevent Burnout During Student Teaching

It’s news to exactly no one that being an educator is stressful. Educators spend long hours in an environment churning with mental, visual, and emotional stimulation. And when the end of the school day finally arrives, there is still more …

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How to Craft Your Teaching Philosophy

As a teacher candidate, it is essential to reflect on the beliefs that will guide your daily decision-making as you plan learning experiences, interact with colleagues, and build respectful partnerships with students and families.

Thinking through these ideas will aid …

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Focus 2 Am I Career Ready?

Career readiness is a foundation of eight core competencies that broadly prepare college students for lifelong success in their careers …


A comprehensive resource with insightful career advisement, thousands of job listings, and volunteer opportunities in nonprofit organizations.

Find current elementary, middle and secondary school positions available at public, private, vocational, and technical schools.

Search job listings, check out the directory of nonprofit organizations, and review several corporate profiles.


SSC 1150: College Success Seminar

This 2-credit hour course is intended to assist exploring students in making purposeful academic and life decisions that lead to…

SSC 2100: Career Explorations

 The goal of this course is to help students explore what to major in, what they can do with their…

Education & Helping Professions Exploration Courses

Below are a list of introductory and exploration courses for students interested in education and helping professions. This list is…

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