Nonprofit & Education

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Nonprofit & Education FAQs

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Can I be a teacher if I didn’t major in education?

Yes! While it is true that majoring in education is a direct way to become qualified to teach, it is not the only way. You may enter teaching through a special program, such as Teach for America, or you can pursue a master’s degree in education. Make sure to check on the specific state requirements for teacher certification in the place you want to live/work.

Do I need a master’s degree to be a teacher in a K-12 school?

Not necessarily. Each state has its own requirements for teaching licensure. Additionally, most states have special programs for underserved communities who are in need of teachers that may waive a master’s degree requirement. They may also be waived for subject areas that are in high demand (STEM fields, for example).

Can you make any money if you work for a nonprofit organization?

It’s true that your #1 motivator should not be salary if you are hoping to work for a nonprofit organization. However, large nonprofit organizations can have large budgets, and upper level management can earn salaries closer to their counterparts in the private sector. Additionally, organizations looking for top talent increasingly know they have to be competitive with the private sector. Take a look at this comparison.

Is it easy to start your own nonprofit organization?

Not necessarily. Before you begin the process of starting your own 501c3, take a look at organizations that are already out there. Is there already an organization established to take on the issue you care about? If so, consider working for that organization or creating some kind of partnership.

Are all internships at nonprofits unpaid?

Not always. This depends on the nonprofit organization. Generally, the larger the organization, the more likely it is that you might be paid. However, there are other ways to be compensated, including the SuccessWorks Internship Fund. You may also consider earning academic credit for your internship, or talking to the Office of Student Financial Aid to see if you qualify for federal work study.