Find your purpose in a career in Early Childhood Education. It’s as simple as ABC.

Are you ADVENTUROUS? Do you BELIEVE your purpose is to work with children? Do you delight in all things CREATIVE? Are you eager to make a difference in the lives of others? Then a career in Early Childhood Education may be right for you. Demand for educators is at an all-time high, so there has never been a more exciting time to begin your career. If you are here to grow your career, chase your passion, or find your why, we want to help you get started. An early childhood professional’s work is challenging, rewarding, and can have a lasting influence on children, families, and society. Getting started is as simple as ABC.

If there is one thing Early Childhood Educators understand it is questions. Here are some we hear often.

Qq: How Do I Get Started?

You can begin your career at several entry points. Some enter the career right after high school and learn on the job and through continuing education. Others start with a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential or Associate degree, while others begin their careers after graduating with a bachelor’s degree that leads to teacher certification. In short, you can start where you are.

Qq: What are the basic education requirements?

Anyone working alone with children between infancy and five years of age must first have graduated high school or hold a graduate equivalency degree (GED), complete training in First Aid and CPR and pass a criminal background check.

What are some of my career options in Early Childhood Education?

Early Childhood Education/Child Care Centers

Within any center-based setting, there are a variety of positions. You can start as a Floater, an Assistant Teacher or Teaching Assistant, and work under the supervision of a more educated, experienced teacher. In larger programs, if you have more education and experience you may earn the title of Lead Teacher. This position entails more planning and supervision of other teachers, as well as center administrative responsibility.

Family Child Care Educators

As a family childcare educator, you may work with young children in a child’s home or in your own home. You may work with as few as one child or care for several children at one time. Within the home setting, you are responsible for providing a safe and stimulating environment (both indoors and outdoors) for children, planning developmentally appropriate activities, and ensuring that the children are given nutritious meals. This is also appealing to those who wish to own their own small business.

Teachers of young children: Preschool

The job of teaching preschool children can be both extremely rewarding and challenging. Between birth and kindergarten age, children experience remarkable developmental changes. You may work with typically and atypically developing children in child care centers, private preschool programs, Head Start programs or Publicly-funded Pre-Kindergarten programs.

Administrators/Directors of center-based programs

As an administrator or director of an early childhood education center, you have the challenging job of ensuring that programs offer developmentally appropriate experiences for the children, support families’ needs, and operate with sound administrative and fiscal management. The job of an administrator often requires both formal education and learned skills of a mentor, social worker, early childhood educator, nutritionist, accountant, human resources manager, secretary, and program administrator.

Start today and grow!
Become an Early Childhood Educator.

Do you want to make a difference in the world? Then why not consider a career as an Early Childhood Educator. Demand for teachers is at an all-time high. We need people like you who want a challenging and rewarding career that will have a lasting impact on children, families, and the community.