Our state pages on salaries for early childhood education jobs offer you information that’s handy when you’re hunting for jobs with competitive salaries. You’ll find both city and statewide statistics, as well as comparisons with other states regarding salaries for specialties within early childhood education. The state rankings are color-coded, so you can tell right away if a state’s average salaries are competitive on a national level.
* Rasmussen College, School of Education offers Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs at three levels to meet the needs of early childhood educators at any stage of their career: A 9-month ECE Certificate for those just getting started, an Associate’s in ECE for those ready to become preschool teachers, or a Bachelor’s in ECE Leadership for those ready to advance their careers by moving into administration.
* The Online Master's in Early Childhood Education from Capella's NCATE-accredited professional education unit will prepare you to effectively engage young students in the pre-K setting. With the option to focus on special education or classroom supervision, Capella's Master’s in Early Childhood Education is designed with the modern pre-K classroom in mind.
* The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at the USC Rossier School of Education is designed for aspiring K-12 teachers looking to gain the skills and knowledge needed to become great teachers and help all students succeed. This teacher preparation program also prepares candidates to be recommended for a teaching credential.
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There are several career paths in early childhood education. Find out more about the various positions in the field:
Childcare workers, such as nannies and babysitters, tend to children’s basic needs when parents or other family members can’t. Their duties may include feeding and bathing children, in addition to providing mental stimulation and emotional support while family members are away. Read more about childcare worker jobs here
Teacher Assistant or Paraeducator
Teacher assistants, also referred to as paraeducators, paraprofessionals, or instructional assistants, work in the classroom under the direction of the lead teacher. Duties often required of teacher assistants include: working with students either in small groups or individually, enforcing the rules to help students behave, tracking attendance, preparing materials or equipment for lessons, and helping supervise students. Learn more about teacher assistant careers here
Preschool teachers work with children who have not yet attended kindergarten – usually, ages three to five. They teach academic subjects and engage students in activities to improve their motor and interpersonal skills. Several studies have shown that preschool can be crucial to academic development for children. Read more about preschool teacher careers here
Kindergarten teachers work with young students to teach them the basics of math, science, and reading. They also work with students to strengthen the behavioral skills necessary to perform well in school. In order to work in public schools, kindergarten teachers must have the proper certifications, which vary from state to state. Find out more about kindergarten teacher careers here
First, Second, or Third Grade Teacher
Elementary school teachers who teach first, second, or third grade work with students on the basics of academic subjects like reading and math in addition to preparing them to behave like good students in the classroom as they get older. Learn more about elementary school teachers here
Educational Administrator or Director
Educational administrators or directors in preschool or childcare centers coordinate activities and manage preschools and other childcare centers. These activities can be both academic and nonacademic. Educational administrators are also responsible for ensuring that staff are properly caring for the children at the center. Learn more about administrator or director careers here
Special Education Teacher, Preschool
Preschool special education teachers work closely with preschool-aged kids with special needs. This career can require additional training beyond teacher certification.
Special Education Teacher, Kindergarten and Elementary
Elementary special education teachers work with students from kindergarten through fifth grade with a wide range of special needs. These teachers should be trained in the kinds of learning, mental, physical, and emotional disabilities they may see in the classroom and how to handle them.