Christina Marie’s Answer
I can see that you're determined to make a change in this world and provide safety to students who are otherwise marginalized and left with no equal access to resources given their language barrier or disability. I congratulate you on your desire to pursue either career, where it be criminology or Education.
Currently there are a few routes you can take. For example, you could pursue a major in criminology and the average salary by the time you graduate would be $33,000 according to Criminal Justice USA website. Then, upon graduation you could apply for Teach for America and if selected, within two years you would have license as a teacher in your given state.
The other route you can pursue is attending a college with a state recognized Teacher preparation program. This is the route I selected because most schools and administrators want to assure that students are being taught by the most prepared teachers who understand the psych of the students and have been equipped with the best practices in education. If you choose this route, I would suggest that you major in either ESL or special education. Currently, ESL is of greater interest for future career employers. However, either stem of education will reap the average income of $55,000 a year upon graduation according to the nation wide survey. And the greatest part is that you can still major in criminology if that were your choice once you've entered the education program. A minor would be beneficial as well.
From my experience, I knew I wanted to empower those who are often marginalized and treated with little respect as mere humans, so I decided to major in Deaf/Elementary Education but also in Women and Gender Studies. This gave me the opportunity to pursue my dream of working with students in underprivileged settings while engaging in social justice topics with my other major. So as you can see, I was able to accomplish both at the same time and I even minored in Psychology which I plan on following up with later on in my career.
I hope this piece of advice helps you in your journey towards higher education. Please feel free to ask more questions if you need further advice. Best wishes on your future endeavors!