An education student in an elementary school classroom.Teachers inspire, guide and instruct so that each student experiences personal, social and intellectual success. Teachers challenge and engage students' thought processes and reasoning ability. They engage each student in learning and using reading, writing, mathematics, and science. Student success and personal engagement is what drives teachers to continue.

For many teachers, being around young people every day helps them remain knowledgeable about current trends and issues. It also helps to break down barriers. Teachers learn the use of reflection, observation and decision-making to guide their actions when it comes to dealing with both children and parents.

Northampton provides flexibility for those pursuing degrees, certificates and diplomas in the education fields. Early childhood and special education programs are accessible both in the classroom and via online learning. Continuing education opportunities are provided for professionals at all levels and include both credit and non-credit classes as well as customized programs.

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Most Preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary school teachers work in public and private schools. They generally work school hours when students are present, and use nights and weekends to prepare lessons and grade papers. Most kindergarten and elementary school teachers do not work during the summer.

Middle-Level Educators teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school. They generally work school hours when students are present, and use nights and weekends to prepare lessons and grade papers. Most middle-level educators do not work during the summer.

Secondary Educators teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the high school level. They generally work school hours when students are present, and use nights and weekends to prepare lessons and grade papers. Most secondary educators do not work during the summer.

Special education teachers work with students who have a wide range of learning, mental, emotional and physical disabilities. With students who have mild or moderate disabilities, they ensure that lessons and teaching strategies are modified to meet the students' needs. With students who have severe disabilities, they teach the students independent living skills and basic literacy, communication, and math. Special education teachers work in either public or private schools. They generally work school hours when students are present but use nights and weekends to prepare lessons, do paperwork, and grade papers. Some special education teachers work during the summer.

According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), employment growth in the education fields will vary by region. More growth is expected in the special education (paraeducator) fields due to increasing enrollment and continued demand for special education services.

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