Area of Study

Early Childhood Education
This program prepares students for Infant/Toddler Teacher Leader, Early Childhood Teacher, and/or Early Childhood Education Director positions in early childhood care and education programs.
Work with infants and young children in teaching or leading.
The ECE program prepares the student for a career in teaching children (birth to age 8) and to become a productive, caring and responsible teacher.   Classes emphasize child development skills in the areas of language, social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Classes also focus on cultural diversity among children.   Students will become familiar with theories concerning child development and ECE, and will participate in many group discussions and hands-on activities that they can apply in the preschool classroom.

Degree & Certificate Options

Early Childhood Education
Teaching Assistant

This program, taught in high schools and on campus, prepares students to assist teachers of children 0-8 years old. Successful completion allows the student to move to the next program. (Early Childhood Education Teacher)

(Pending state approval.)

 

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Early Childhood Teacher

This prepares the student to take the lead as a teacher of students 0-8 years old. Successful completion allows the student to move into the Early Childhood Education Director program.

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Infant/Toddler Teacher

This prepares the student to specialize in working with the youngest children.

It may be completed in conjunction with the Early Childhood Teacher or Early Childhood Director certificates.

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Early Childhood Education Director

This prepares the student to be program directors in institutions serving students 0-8 years old.

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Program Requirements

Careers & Salaries

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Position Median
Preschool and Childcare Center Directors $47,940
Preschool Teachers $29,780
Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers $57,980