Early Childhood Education

Online Degrees in Early Childhood Education

Degree programs in Early Childhood Education are designed to boost students' skills in the field and move them ahead in their careers. Starting with foundational courses in Education and Teaching, most programs then move into a specialization in Early Childhood Education.

Early Childhood Education Career Outlook

As the number of retiring teachers increases, the demand for early childhood education teachers will increase. People with Early Childhood Education degrees work as:

  • Elementary teachers
  • Early childhood teachers
  • Daycare directors
  • Tutors
  • Librarians
  • Instructional coordinators
  • Guidance counselors

Early Childhood Education Salary Information

Average earnings for teachers with Early Childhood Education degrees range between $42,000 and $47,000 per year. Many schools offer salary boosts because of extracurricular opportunities like coaching and tutoring. With experience, teachers with Early Childhood Education degrees can move from teacher assistant to lead teacher to the director of the center. Many open their own daycares, specialized schools and other early childhood centers. Benefits and retirement packages are also extremely strong in this industry.

Early Childhood Education Required Job Skills and Knowledge

Most teachers must have at least a bachelor's degree, complete a teacher's education program and be licensed. Employers look for people with good interpersonal, communication and organizational skills. People with Early Childhood Education degrees must be good role models, leaders and caregivers. Teachers help students improve social skills, analytical skills and build a knowledge base. The best teachers know how to work in a multicultural classroom and develop multicultural lesson plans.

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