Do you love playing with kids? Do you like to talk to children and listen to what they have to say? Do children like to confide in you? If you answered yes to these questions, then a career in Early Childhood Education is just the perfect choice for you!
Helping children learn and succeed is a very rewarding career. As an Early Childhood Educator, you can participate and facilitate this growth process for children - and get them focused on the path to success from an early age.
In your early childhood education career, you have several career options and openings. You can work as a child care worker, a pre school teacher, a kindergarten or elementary school teacher, as an education administrator and even as a post secondary school teacher. All of this will depend upon the qualifications you acquire.
There are several degree options available for you if you wish to pursue a career in early childhood education. There are degrees in early childhood education which can be taken online as well as on campus. The basic qualification required to start out in your career path is to have a High School Diploma. You can then start out with an Associate Degree or Certification in Early Childhood Education. If you want to pursue a career option as a public school teacher, you will need to have a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. If you go further and study for a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education, your career options will increase further allowing you to focus on specialized issues like curriculum development. With a PhD Degree in Early Childhood Development, you can find career options in colleges and universities and within the field of post secondary education.
While searching for the right university, focus on finding out more about the institution with regards to facts like whether the school is approved by your state, whether it is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, what the course contents are, what kind of exposure it will offer you, what educational methodologies and philosophies are they going to teach you, what will your hands-on field exposure be like and so on. This information will help you find the course that is just right for you.
Typically, the salary range for people working in the field of Early Childhood Education is between $35,000 to $45,000. You can also have the option of earning a supplemental income by coaching a sport or leading an extracurricular activity. During the off months when the school is in vacation, you can also earn extra income by tutoring or a part time job.
You can thus find a very rewarding career option within the field of Early Childhood Education.