Early Childhood Education

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Early Childhood Education

  1. 1. Early Childhood Education Career Outlook Gina Smith
  2. 2. Career Overview • Extremely rewarding and satisfying career • Wide variety of challenges • Must love young children • Ability to nurture and teach • Organized leadership qualities and patience
  3. 3. Nature of Work • Teachers help students learn and apply concepts in the following subjects: o Science o Mathematics o English o Language Arts
  4. 4. Nature of Work Cont. • Observe and evaluate students’ performance to make sure they are where they should be developmentally by: o Preparing Lesson Plans o Assigning Homework & Tests o Grading Assignments & Assessing Progress
  5. 5. Qualifications & Training • Obtain an Associate’s Degree (Head Start only) • Obtain a Bachelor’s Degree (PreK-3) • Complete an approved teacher training program • Obtain a license from state Board of Education • Experience in the field of ECE
  6. 6. Career Options • Child Care Worker • Education Administrator • Preschool Teacher • Kindergarten or Elementary School Teacher
  7. 7. Earnings • Based on level of experience and geographic location • Median salary for Preschool teachers is $23,000 • Salary range for Elementary teachers is between $30,000 and $72,000 • Median salary for Elementary teachers is $45,000
  8. 8. Outlook Projections Data from the National Employment Matrix Occupational Employment, Projected Change, 2006-2016 Title 2006 Employment, Number Percent 2016 Preschool & kindergarten 607,000 750,000 143,000 23 teachers Preschool teachers, except 437,000 552,000 115,000 26 special education Kindergarten teachers, except 170,000 198,000 28,000 16 special education Elementary school teachers, 1,540,000 1,749,000 209,000 14 except special education Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-2009 Edition, Teachers—Preschool, kindergarten, Elementary
  9. 9. Outlook Cont. • Job prospects are expected to be favorable – Particularly in high demand fields such as mathematics, science, and bilingual education – Also favorable in less desirable urban or rural areas
  10. 10. Questions??

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