Career Tips & Resources

The faculty and staff in the College of Education at WSU are committed to meeting the needs of our students as they work towards their careers. We want to provide all the information necessary to help students be competitive in the job market. Historically, WSU's placement rate has been excellent. Our graduates have experienced great success in the job search and are highly regarded in districts throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and beyond.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is a valuable resource to learn more about the job outlook and salary for high school teachers and elementary teachers in the United States. 

High Demand Areas

High demand areas are those licensure areas that school districts are most in need of teachers to hire. This is often because there are fewer people entering these areas of teaching and, thus, there are fewer job applicants.

The Winona State University licensure areas that are currently in the highest demand in Minnesota are:

  • Business Education
  • Chemistry
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Mathematics
  • Middle Level Science (grades 5-8)
  • Physics
  • Spanish
  • Special Education

Other areas that have been considered to be in high demand in the past include Business Education, Life Science and Earth Science.

If you choose to enter one of the above listed areas, you might want to consider applying for the TEACH grant and the federal loan forgiveness program. These are both federal programs in which WSU participates. 

Make Yourself Marketable

If you are interested in a licensure area (like Elementary Education, for example) that is not one of the high demand areas, there are still ways to make yourself more marketable. Here are a few ideas:

Employment After Graduation

If you are seeking a teaching job in the state of Minnesota, the Education Minnesota and MSC Employment Network websites are good starting points.

If you are seeking a teaching job in Wisconsin, visit the Wisconsin Job Seeker website. This jobs database has listings from around the state that can be filtered by category, job type, region.

For additional resources, WSU’s Career Services can also provide assistance in searching for a job, writing a resume and preparing for interviews.