Welcome to Adultlearn, a user friendly directory of online universities, schools, colleges, education courses and degree programs. Some of the most popular programs enable people to become social workers, to start a career in elementary education, or to get a teaching degree and obtain a position as a teacher in their area schools. Browse the full course listing here.
Social workers have some of the most varied opportunities of virtually any career. According to the NASW, about 3 out of 10 social workers work for either the federal or state governments. They provide counseling for troubled families, for people on parole and for those with substance dependency. They are also often among the first responders in a natural disaster such as a flood or hurricane. Social workers could also work with military personnel who must learn to cope with difficult experiences; they match children and adoptive families, and they help provide education to communities in need. Social workers in the private sector may work for hospitals, nursing homes or schools.
Opportunities and Salary for Social Workers
Salary—National Average: $44,138
Family Social Worker
School Social Worker
Medical Social Worker
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Public Social Worker
Job outlook—Need will grow by 25% from 2010 to 2020
As long as people continue to have children, society will need school teachers. Elementary education degrees can be earned through several institutions, many of them offering both traditional programs and online degrees, but others focusing entirely in online education.
If you already have a degree in another field, you may be able to obtain credit for courses you already have. This approach will enable you to focus on education courses and complete your teaching degree more quickly. If you are just starting, however, plan on earning at least a four year degree with a practicum. If you are already in the education field, you may wish to take advantage of online education to earn an advanced degree which usually means a salary increase.
Salaries and Need in Elementary Education
Median Salary: $52,840 in 2011
Highest paying areas: Nassau, NY; Bethesda, MD; Waterbury, CT; Kingston, NY; Ithaca; NY.
Need for Teachers: Growth of about 17 % expected from 2010 to 2020 which is similar to other career areas.