Career possibilities in early childhood education

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Career possibilities in early childhood education

  1. 1. The positions  Aide  Assistant to Head of Groupavailable may vary  Certified Teacher  Certified Special Education Teacherwith the level of  Director/Administrator  Family Child Care Provider, Alternatedegree you have Provider, Group Family Child Care Assistantand the amount of  Government Officialfield experience  Head of Group/Lead Teacher  Home Visitor, Family Workeryou have built up.  In-Home Provider – Nanny, Governess, Au PairMany positions  Parent Educator  Principal, Superintendent, Administratinclude, but are not orlimited to:  Researcher  College Professor  School Social Worker  Substitute Teacher  Teaching Assistant  Home centers (Earlychildhood, 2012)
  2. 2.  Description: All teachers in public schools, universal and experimental prekindergarten programs must be certified. In some cases a waiver is provided for those seeking certification. Others who are responsible for a group of children in child care and education settings are defined as Head of Group in center- based child-care, school-age child care, or group family child care. Required Qualifications: include a bachelor’s degree, or a master’s degree, which leads to initial certification. The term teacher is freely used to refer to the adult who is responsible for instructing a group of children.(Earlychildhood, 2012)
  3. 3.  Description: Recognizing the family as the childs first teacher, the home visitor works in the homes of participating families, building positive relationships with them to support their parenting roles. Required Qualifications: The qualifications for family worker/home visitor vary widely depending on the sponsoring agency and the purpose of the program. While some may require only a high school diploma with training such as Head Start family workers, others may require a masters degree such as child early intervention services. (Earlychildhood, 2012)
  4. 4.  Description: Assists in the classroom under the direction of the Teacher, Head of Group or Assistant to Head of Group. May be assigned as a one-on-one aide to a child with special needs. Required Qualifications: High School Diploma or its equivalent or substantial experience working with children under 13 years of age. Different establishments may have slightly different descriptions but most are along the same lines.(Earlychildhood, 2012)
  5. 5.  Description: Special education teachers design and modify instruction to meet a students individual needs. Teachers also work with children who have other special instructional needs including, for example, gifted and talented. Required Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree, or a master’s degree, which leads to initial certification. (Earlychildhood, 2012)
  6. 6.  Description: To oversee all aspects or the program including overseeing staff, curriculum and facilities. The director is responsible for compliance with state and local regulations and program policies. Required Qualifications: Qualifications for Directors vary with individual settings and the federal, state, and local regulations. These include: › Public Schools - Teacher certification and experience › Private Schools - Teacher certification and experience › Head Start - Education requirement is locally determined and experience › Child Care and Education programs (Earlychildhood, 2012)
  7. 7.  Description: Licensed In-Home Childcare is run by a caretaker who is licensed by the state that they do business in, and regulated by their childcare laws and regulations. This type of environment should provide a fun, stimulating environment for children in addition to caring for their needs and ensuring their safety. Required qualifications: Qualifications vary by state. Unlike the majority of preschools and centers, most home daycare providers do not need college training in early childhood development to get a license. In some states they must only mail in a self- certification form or register as an official place of business before they can get a license and open their doors.(Baby center, 2012)
  8. 8.  My short term goals are to finish at Ivy Tech. Then transfer to Ball State University for my bachelors in early childhood education.
  9. 9.  After getting my bachelors I hope to get a head teaching job close to home. After I have put some time in teaching, I have thought about opening a day care. The community I live in is desperate for child care services.
  10. 10.  Earlychildhood.org. (2012). Career Development Resource Guide. Retrieved from: http://www.earlychildhood.org/cdrg/exp_p ositions.cfm Baby center. (2012). What are a home daycare providers qualifications?. Retrieved from: http://www.babycenter.com/404_what- are-a-home-daycare-providers- qualifications_6123.bc

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