Education + Human Services

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Are you passionate about people-centered work that transforms communities? You may want to consider building your future in Education + Human Services.

This career path is for those who want to become future educators, practitioners, scholars, community leaders, and change agents. Together, these professionals strengthen communities, address systemic issues, and support others through direct service, outreach, prevention, and advocacy. They are dedicated to the growth, development, and needs of individuals through work that includes teaching, child development, counseling, psychology, social work, social services, speech-language pathology, human resources, NGOs, and nonprofits. 

If this sounds like you or who you want to become, learn how you can move forward to help others.



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First-Gen Career Cohort: Careers in Education + Human Services

The First-Gen Career Cohort is a professional development opportunity designed to support juniors and seniors in preparing for success after graduation and starting their career path in Education + Human Services. Explore the intersections of your identity and career through workshops, presentations, guest facilitators/speakers, and guided discussions. Each session provides tools and resources for first-generation, students of color, and allies to pursue success. Applications for the next cohort will open in Fall 2021.

  • Identify as a first-generation college student
  • Junior or Senior, including transfer students
  • Interested in pursuing a career in Education + Human Services

Session 1: Careers in Education + Human Services 
Students will learn about program and community expectations, meet their success groups, and explore careers in Education & Human Services. 

Session 2: From UCSB to Career - Job Search Strategies & Grad School
Students will assess their career goals, discuss their concerns/expectations about the job search/grad school application process, and learn strategies for success from recruiters and grad school admissions professionals. 

Session 3: Telling Your Story: Strengths, Skills, Interviewing
Students will reflect on their UCSB experiences and assess their personal achievements, identify their strengths, and discuss their thoughts on imposter syndrome, self-efficacy, and achievement. Students will be completing Clifton Strengths prior to the session. 

Session 4: Navigating Your Networks: Understanding the Power of “Cultural and Social Capital” 
Students will identify their support circle in their career, discuss family expectations, and learn more about social/cultural capital/wealth. 

Session 5: My Future Work + Life: Transitioning After UCSB 
Students will define meaningful work, personal finance, and future workplaces. Students will have an opportunity to understand personal budgeting and salary negotiations. Students will also have an opportunity to discuss their concerns about “adulting” and “professional” work environments with facilitators. 

  • Attend five bi-weekly, 1.5 hours sessions from Week 2-10 of Winter Quarter on Tuesdays from 4-5:30pm, and complete any pre-assignments required for participation
  • Participate in a team environment and work on a mini career/ professional development project with peers
  • Maintain a brave space to discuss career concerns and provide support to fellow peers
  • Utilize our online chat system to engage in conversations and share opportunities

Meet Your Counselor

Carol Huang

Carol Huang

Career Counselor / Coordinator

Education + Human Services

How I Can Help

My mission is to educate and empower future educators and human services professionals to support the growth, development, and needs of individuals and communities. Our conversations are centered around navigating your identity and career, understanding how your purpose and professional interests connect, and finding opportunities to prepare for your future. I am invested in supporting your career so that we can work together to create a healthier and more just society.

Learn more about me

Explore Grad School: Education + Human Services

For complete information on graduate school search strategies and the application process, review our starter tips to Explore Grad School in all careers as well as the specialized tips on this page.

Planning Your Educational Path

If you are interested in pursuing a career in Education + Human Services, graduate school is likely on your mind. First things first, before applying to graduate school, understand which profession you want to work towards by discovering your options and researching the process of starting a career in that specific area. This means beginning with the end in mind; your “ideal career trajectory” should guide you in choosing the “best” programs for you to apply to.

Start your research by obtaining information about programs and keeping track of timelines and graduate examination dates. Review the graduate school process in our tips about Grad School 101 to begin to plan out a timeline, considering whether you want to pursue graduate school directly after UCSB or in the future.


Master’s Programs

Masters programs in Education + Human Services typically range from one to two years in terms of coursework and degree completion. However, any fields that require national/state certification or licensing could stretch your career timeline, as you will need to pass additional exams and obtain the supervised internship or fieldwork hours required to practice in your field, which could often take another year (or more) to complete. Some examples of master’s programs in this field include Master of Education (M.Ed); Master of Arts (MA) / Science (MS) in a related discipline such as Teaching, Counseling, Psychology, Student Affairs/Higher Education, International Education, and  Master of Social Work (MSW). Find a master’s program that would support your long-term career goals.


Doctorate Programs

There are many different types of doctorate programs in Education + Human Services, and most take five to seven years to complete. Doctorate programs focus on research and teaching at a university and are geared towards advancing knowledge in a particular area. There are many different types of doctorate programs pursued by those interested in Education + Human Services, such as Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), which is typically in a specific academic discipline such as Education, Sociology, Clinical Psychology. Additional programs include Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership, or Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology.


Doctorate programs are a significant investment of your time, money, and interests so talk to graduate students and current faculty at various academic levels (e.g., assistant professors, associate professors, etc.) about the discipline to help you make an informed decision about pursuing a doctorate degree.

Gap Year Options

There are a variety of reasons for taking a "gap year" between degree programs, such as saving money for graduate school, or gaining more experience in a field that interests you. You may have even heard from others who have taken gap years, with recommendations on whether you should or should not do the same.

If you are considering a gap year, check out this video for an overview of taking a gap year in Education + Human Services. In the video, we help you gain a clear understanding of what a "gap year" is focused on, including benefits and considerations, planning strategies, and available options.

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