Early Childhood Education Degree - Online and Campus Programs
Early childhood education is a rapidly growing segment of education. If you enjoy helping young children learn, a career in early childhood education may be right for you. Although it can include any of the years between birth and around age eight, most early childhood educators work with preschool children between three and five years old.
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How to Prepare for an Early Childhood Education CareerEducational and licensing requirements for teachers vary between states. Most employers require a minimum of a certificate in early childhood education or an associate childhood education degree, and a bachelor's degree is necessary to work as an early childhood educator in the public school system. Additional career opportunities in school administration (and higher salaries) are available for those with a master's degree. Early childhood education programs are available at many colleges and universities, both on-campus and online. Enrollment in college programs requires a high school diploma or GED as a prerequisite. Program classes often include:
- Child Growth and Development
- Instructional Methods for Teaching Young Children
- Classroom Issues
- Language Development