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Where to Study Teaching

The boom in online courses and distance learning has boosted the number of career opportunities in education. In this article, Ekaterina Nikitina is looking into where prospective teachers, professors, and course developers can study and work.

Education Trends in Europe

In recent years, distance learning has been the key tendency in education. In 2019, only 8% of people in Europe aged from 16 to 74 were taking online courses. In Northern Europe, online education was a little more popular, with 21% and 18% of people opting for it in Finland and Sweden respectively.

However, in 2020, the demand for distance learning increased significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Around 41% of students chose to study online and, more importantly, provided great feedback for the learning process. The whole education sector has started to move in a different direction. In 2021, all eight universities of the Ivy League switched to distance learning. Experts say that the US online education market is going to show steady and rapid growth in the upcoming four years.

The labor market in education is also changing. With the increase in online education, teachers' salaries have been growing too. In 2019, the average pay rose by 7% in Europe. On the other hand, a lot of people working in education have been cut since the pandemic started. Librarians and people involved in organizing leisure and recreational activities for students have been affected the most. Meanwhile, specialists teaching business, marketing, and medical sciences have been feeling safer.

Where Are Prospective Teachers and Professors Trained?

According to the QS Top Universities ranking, the following universities ranked among the top ten offering programs in education in 2021:

UCL (United Kingdom);

University of Toronto (Canada);

The University of Hong Kong (China);

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) (Singapore);

University of British Columbia (Canada),

alongside Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, and Cambridge.

If you are looking for a bachelor's program, consider International Teacher Education for Secondary Schools (ITESS) by NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences. This program includes one semester at a partner university abroad, as well as the-on-job teaching training at international schools.

Those interested in master's programs should find out more about Museums and Galleries in Education by renowned University College London (UCL). Not only will you get solid theoretical knowledge there, but also gain valuable practical experience when working in galleries and museums.

Harvard University offers extensive master’s programs for future entrepreneurs and managers in education. Among them is Education Leadership, Organizations, and Entrepreneurship. If you already have a medical degree and pursue teaching medical sciences, a master's program Medical Education would be a great way to go.

However, not only the Ivy League can offer programs worth your attention. According to a ranking by Niche, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, is one of the best universities providing programs in education. Among their master’s programs are International Education Policy and Management, Higher Education Administration, English Language Learners, and Education Policy.

If you are looking for creative programs in teaching, the University of Barcelona might be a great choice. Take a closer look at a master's program Interdisciplinary Education in the Arts or Visual Arts and Education: A Constructionist Approach. The latter is an interuniversity master's degree offered by the universities of Barcelona, Girona, and Granada. You can choose your own program and study teaching methods in cultural studies, museum studies, and arts.

Those into languages should find out more about the master's program Early Language Education for Intercultural Communication by the University of Eastern Finland.

Career Options in Education

Most of those who complete programs in education work as school teachers or university professors. Many choose to become course developers who deal with audience analysis, design study programs, and decide on the best learning formats. Often, professors become course developers when they create their own programs.

Also, you can develop learning materials. This would suit you if you have expertise in some field and want to keep working and grow within it.

If you prefer working with adults, you could be a corporate trainer or adult educator.

Many experts in education work in Edtech companies. After all, everything from online courses to corporate education platforms is a result of technological development and its application in education.

According to Rusbase, one of the leading Russian online news platforms focusing on business and technology, the current trends in Edtech are preschool online education and blended learning, which is a combination of online and offline learning.

Take a look at the best Edtech companies according to a rating by Builtin

— Newsela;

— Civitas Learning;

— Dreambox Learning;

— GoGuardian;

— Guild Education;

— Coursera;

— Schoology;

— Instructure;

— Knewton;

— Chegg;

— CreativeLive;

— Course Hero;

— Duolingo.

Edtech companies offer a wide variety of career options for those with degrees in education. For example, you can be an education content marketer, assistant director of instruction, or math content developer.

How Much Are Education Specialists Paid?

Switzerland, Australia, Netherlands, UK, Denmark, US, Finland, Canada, Germany, and France rank among the countries with the best pay rates for people working in education. 

University professors in Switzerland are paid the highest. Their average annual income is 171,000 $ (here and below, gross salaries are listed).  In the US, a college professor is one of the top ten best-paid jobs, with an annual income amounting to 169,000 $.

According to Salary Explorer, education workers in Germany can make up to 7,370 € a month. The average pay of a professor in Germany starts from 5,000 €. For example, you can make around 5,690 € by teaching architecture or 6,880 € if you are a professor in medicine.

German teachers enjoy high wages too. A math teacher can expect to be paid 3,450 € per month. A history teacher makes around 3,040 €. The average pay of a distance learning coordinator is 3,460 €. Not only teachers are paid high though. For example, you could be a trainer in creative writing or a course developer and make 3,520 € and 3,960 € per month respectively.

In Spain, the average salary of education workers amounts to around 34,400 € a year. The monthly income ranges from 1,480 to 5,070 €. Those teaching medicine at schools and universities are paid the highest. For example, a professor in biochemistry gets around 4,270 a month. A professor in medicine makes 5,150 €. You can make quite good money by teaching law too, with your monthly income reaching 3,330 €. School principals and college presidents are paid high too — 3,650 and 5,050 € per month.

In Japan, teachers and professors are paid higher than in Spain. For example, a professor in biochemistry earns 822,000 Japanese yen (approximately 6,176 €). A university president’s monthly pay is around 988,000 yen (7,424 €). The average annual salary of those working in the education sector in Japan is 6,550,000 yen (49,219 €).

By Ekaterina Nikitina