Discover what's next – continuing dental education

Understand the opportunities available to help you further your career in the dental field through continuing dental education and more.

Make a great career even better

As an educator, you’re in a unique stage of your career. You’ve gone from working chairside to educating the next generation of dental assistants. You should be proud of all you have accomplished as you continue to aim for more.

There are additional career paths you can consider, such as expanding your expertise or shifting your focus to speaking, writing or consulting. These choices have limitless potential, so it’s up to you to choose the path that best fits your professional goals.

Expand your expertise

As an educator, dental assisting is where your passion lies, so continuing your education might be the best path for you. And expanding your level of expertise might lead to a more rewarding experience for you and your students.

  • Earn Your DANB Certification – Holding DANB Certification is one of the requirements for working as an educator in a dental assisting program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Many educators teaching in non-CODA accredited programs also choose to earn DANB Certification as part of the professional career path.
  • Learn About Becoming an Expanded Function Dental Assistant – Increasing your knowledge about expanded dental assisting duties can go a long way towards making you a better educator. To learn more, check out our How to Become an Expanded Function Dental Assistant page.
  • Earn Your American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) Fellowship or Mastership – Earning either title is a wonderful way to gain recognition and prove your commitment to professional development. To learn more about the programs, go to
  • Join the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) – The ADEA is the membership organization for dental educators, including dental assisting educators. To learn more, or to become a member, visit
  • Earn an Advanced Degree – Some dental assisting instructors choose to further their own education by earning bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees in a variety of disciplines, including educational methodologies.

Share your experience

If you decide that your goals take you outside the classroom, there are still many career growth opportunities within the dental field.

  • Become a Speaker, Writer or Consultant – While there is no real clear-cut path to reach these coveted positions, generally you will want to have extensive industry experience, heavy involvement in the dental community, and a specific perspective or type of information that few others are providing. To start getting involved in the dental community, check out our volunteer opportunities.
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