What is Early Childhood Education? Early Childhood Education consists of activities and/or experiences that are intended to effect developmental changes in children prior to their entry into elementary school (Encyclopedia of Children’s Health, 2012) .
Why is Early Childhood Education Important? Teachers and caregivers who work along side young children not only recognize these sensitive periods of development, but also tailor their activities to help further these experiences.
Obtaining a Degree in Early Childhood Education.Like most areas of study, the school of EarlyChildhood Education offers many different type ofdegrees and certification. These areas include:- C.D.A. (Child Development Associate)- Associate degree (2yr)- Bachelor degree (4yr)- Master degree (Graduate School)- Doctorate Degree (Ph.D in Education)
Using an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education. An Associate degree in Early Childhood Education typically comes from a two-year college. Most daycare and preschool agencies allow college graduates with an Associate degree teaching opportunities. While a two-year degree allows its graduates to teach in preschools, these individuals do not qualify for full teacher accreditation (Upstein,2012). Average Salary: $23,000 to $26, 000
Using a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education. College graduates who hold a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education will be able to obtain a state-issued teaching certificate. Teachers with a four year degree can get jobs in preschools who follow NAEYC standards such as (Head Start) and work in public school districts teaching up to the third grade (Upstein,2012). Average salary for preschool teachers is $25,000. Average salary for teachers in public school districts is $40,000.
Using a Master degree in Early Childhood Education. Teachers who hold Mater degrees usually concentrate their studies in specialized areas such as special education. Preschools do not generally increase the salary of a teacher who holds a Master degree. Therefore, most preschool teachers with a Master’s degree take specialized positions in the agency (Upstein,2012). Average salary can reach $60, 000.
Using a Doctorate degree in Early Childhood Education. Early Childhood professionals who obtain a Doctoral degree in Early Childhood Education often serve as directors of preschool programs and administrators in public schools (Upstein,2012). Annual Salary of administrators in the Early Childhood field may reach $75,000.
Job Opportunities in the Field of Early Childhood Education. Child Care Worker Preschool Teacher Kindergarten Assistant Public School Teacher Administrator
A Career as a Child Care Worker. Child Care Workers can work in day care centers, community programs, and non profit organizations. Child Care Workers can also work with a specific age group or with exceptional children( Thelin, 2011).
A Career as a Preschool Teacher. Preschool teachers prepare young children for their future elementary education. Preschool teachers introduce counting, colors, and letter identification (Thelin, 2011).
A Career as a Kindergarten Assistant. As the kindergarten year progresses teachers and assistant teachers introduce standards such as science, math, social studies, and language arts. Assistant teachers typically hold an Associate degree and help children complete projects and supervise students (Thelin, 2011).
A Career as a Public School Teacher. Public school teachers typically teach specific subjects or age groups up to the third grade. Public school teachers can choose to specialize in special education and teach special education classes or teach general education courses (Thelin, 2011).
A Career as an Administrator. Early Childhood Administrators manage daily agency operations and ensure that the curriculum in each classrooms is child and developmentally appropriate. Administrators are typically required to hold at least a Master’s degree in Education (Thelin, 2011).
My Short Term Goals. My short term educational goals are to complete my Associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Ivy Tech. After completing my Associate Degree I plan on transferring to Ball State to complete my Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education.
My Long Term Goals. My long term goal is to graduate from Ball State and add on 4th, 5th, and 6th grade to my teaching license. Five years from now my goal is to be teaching in a local school corporation. My ultimate teaching goal is to someday open my own private Christian preschool.
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