Do you enjoy working with children? Are you looking to create a better future for yourself? Are you a natural born leader who strives for success in everything you do?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, then a degree in early childhood education (ECE) may be perfect for you. ECE is a discipline within the education field that is dedicated to teaching students from birth to age 8.
As an early childhood educator, you could be a teacher in a classroom or a childcare center director, but to get either of these ECE-related positions you’ll need a degree. An ECE Leadership Bachelor’s degree is a great place to start.
“Our children need highly qualified, effective, loving providers now more than ever,” says Jennifer Wentlandt, instructor in the School of Education at Rasmussen College. “[The field needs people] who can build partnerships with parents and communities to help our children thrive and succeed in a challenging world.”
Besides the need for “qualified, effective and loving teachers” we came up with a few additional reasons how an ECE Leadership Bachelor’s degree can lead you to an ECE career with a bright future.
ECE Careers and Salary Information
Some people believe that, within the field of ECE, the only option graduates have is to become teachers. While this is certainly an option, there are several other occupations within the ECE field you can work in, depending on your level of education and degree.
In addition to career opportunities, there are also varying salaries that accompany those careers. It’s important to remember that salaries differ from state to state and different occupations within the ECE field also change salaries. Another perk to salaries and benefits that many educators receive, are discounts to everything from Barnes & Noble to Bose to Banana Republic.
When pursuing your ECE Leadership Bachelor’s degree, some of the careers that you could consider in your future include:
As a teacher’s assistant, there are many areas in which to spend your time teaching, including working with students who have special needs, reinforcing lessons, helping with recordkeeping and tracking grades, as well as preparing lessons for students.
A teacher’s assistant typically earns around $30,382, per year according to a 12-month analysis of 17,996, teacher assistant job postings on Burning Glass.
When working as a preschool teacher, you can expect to prepare students for kindergarten by introducing new subjects and concepts including: reading, writing, science and math.
A preschool teacher typically will earn around $33,251, per year according to 12-month analysis of 14,460, preschool teacher job postings on Burning Glass.
Childcare Center Director
Working as a childcare center director you’re responsible for all aspects of the preschool or childcare center program, according to the BLS’ description. [Childcare center directors] direct and lead staff while overseeing daily activities, preparing budgets and future plans.
Typically, a childcare center director will earn around $52,914, per year according to a 12-month analysis of 19,162, childcare center director job postings on Burning Glass.
ECE Job Forecast
As the baby boomers continue to retire, doors are opening wider and wider for new educators. With 90 percent of students educated in public schools and total enrollments in schools projected to reach 57.9 million by the Fall of 2020, teaching positions are on the rise, according to the Center on Education Policy’s study, Basic (and Sometimes Surprising) Facts about the U.S. Education System.
“This is the perfect time to go into the field of education because leaders at both local and national levels are focusing on the long-term benefits of investing in early childhood education,” says Michelle Beedle, partnership director for the School of Education at Rasmussen College.
From these statistics it’s clear that the field of ECE has a bright future for those earning an ECE degree.
Are you interested in learning more about ECE and how you can make a positive change for your future with a degree? Then take a look at the 2013 Education Career Outlook Guide for more information on an ECE degree. Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook what part of the ECE field you’re interested in!