4 Unique Degrees to Earn on Your Path to a Teaching Career

Image by Joe Flintham, Flickr

Image by Joe Flintham, Flickr

Ever since you were young, you’ve wanted to teach others. You couldn’t wait to stand up in front of the classroom and tell everyone about your area of expertise.

But did you know that you don’t have to stick to the usual English, Math, and Science degrees to pursue a teaching career? Check out the following unique degrees and see how they help you further your education skills.

Movement Therapy

Can’t decide between dance and psychology? Why not do both? Movement therapy encourages participants to express emotions and feelings through movement. With a movement therapy degree, you’ll learn how to help individuals of all ages improve their self-esteem and body image, enhance their communication skills, and gain insights into behavior patterns. Movement therapy will also give you a powerful tool for managing stress and preventing physical and mental health problems.

Forensic Archaeology

Can’t seem to pull your students away from their favorite crime shows and murder mystery soaps? Give them a hands-on approach to science through forensic archaeology. Forensic archeologists and anthropologists use geological and geophysical surveying techniques to investigate crime scenes. With your degree, you’ll be able to explain how experts can date items in grave sites and preserve vital evidence, such as paint flakes, hair, and clothing. You’ll also have in-depth knowledge of how certain materials degrade or decompose over time in given circumstances, such as clothing buried in loose soil.

Military History

As a history teacher, you likely know your dates and facts for important wars and revolutions. But when you earn a degree in military history, you take that knowledge one step further. As a military historian, you’ll study both ancient and modern warfare and their effects on various cultures. You’ll also discover strategies and techniques military tacticians and theoreticians relied on throughout history. With a degree in a military history graduate program, you’ll be able to give your students a deeper, more engaging lesson on history and provide intriguing historical viewpoints that will leave them excited rather than bored.


You probably grew up watching Sesame Street and other Jim Henson creations — and many of your students will likely do the same. So how can you use that shared background to your advantage? A degree in puppetry will teach you how to craft your own puppets and perform with them. You’ll also discover tried-and-true techniques for writing scripts and shows that will appeal to audiences of all ages. With your own puppet on hand (so to speak), you can help your students feel more comfortable in the classroom, whether they need help making new friends or studying for a test.

These are just a few degrees that will supplement your courses in teaching education. Feel free to branch out and try something creative to round out your knowledge and skill set.

This article was contributed by guest author Rachelle Wilber.

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