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Do you want to feel good about your career? Of course, you do. Nothing is more rewarding than nurturing young minds or otherwise serving your community.

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Earn Your Degree, Strengthen Your Community

“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” – Booker T. Washington

NOVA’s Education & Public Service programs are the ideal choice for students who want to help others. All aspects of early childhood education are covered in depth: from classroom instruction to administration, from behavioral studies to health and nutrition. But it’s not strictly for teachers. NOVA also offers instruction in Administration of Justice.

Make the Smart Choice

  • Transfer is not always the goal, but transfer resources are available for students interested in applying to senior institutions.

  • In addition to the AAS in Early Childhood Development, one-year certificate programs are also available.

Jobs That Help Others Learn and Thrive

Whether you see yourself teaching a child to read, being an administrator, or a public servant, NOVA can help you find a career that benefits your community, that you can be proud of.

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  • Police Officer

    Police officers protect lives and property. Detectives and criminal investigators, who are sometimes called agents or special agents, gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes.

    *Based on BLS data

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  • Paralegal/Legal Assistant

    Paralegals and legal assistants perform a variety of tasks to support lawyers, including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research, and drafting documents.

    • Potential Salary: $50,410*
    • Local Companies: United States District Court, Fairfax County Government
    • Programs at NOVA: Paralegal Studies A.A.S.

    *Based on BLS data

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  • Corrections Officer

    Correctional officers are responsible for overseeing individuals who have been arrested and are awaiting trial or who have been sentenced to serve time in jail or prison. Bailiffs are law enforcement officers who maintain safety and order in courtrooms.

    • Potential Salary: $43,510*
    • Local Companies: Government of the District of Columbia, Fairfax County Government
    • Programs at NOVA: Administration of Justice A.A.S.

    *Based on BLS data

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  • Teacher Assistant

    Teacher assistants work under a teacher’s supervision to give students additional attention and instruction.

    *Based on BLS data

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  • Preschool Teacher

    Preschool teachers educate and care for children younger than age 5 who have not yet entered kindergarten. They teach language, motor, and social skills to young children.

    *Based on BLS data

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Discover Your Passion

It takes a special person to dedicate oneself to the service of others. Choose a program and get started.

Social Sciences: Teacher Education Specialization, A.S.

NOVA’s program features a transfer-friendly curriculum jointly developed by several senior institutions in Virginia.

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Early Childhood Development, A.A.S.

What could be more rewarding than a career working with, and inspiring, the next generation?

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Want More About a Future in Education?

We understand that a career in service to others represents a special commitment. Find out more about what NOVA can do to help you start down that path.

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