Learn How ECE Career Opportunities Can Lead to a Bright Future

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:


Teacher Assistant

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.


Preschool Teacher

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!

External links provided on Rasmussen.edu are for reference only. Rasmussen College does not guarantee, approve, control, or specifically endorse the information or products available on websites linked to, and is not endorsed by website owners, authors and/or organizations referenced.

Kendall is an Online Community Specialist at Collegis Education who oversees online communities on behalf of Rasmussen College. She has a passion for social media and enjoys motivating and encouraging former, current and future learners.

Receive Personalized Information Today

  • Personalized financial aid
  • Customized support services
  • Detailed program plan
  • Attend a no-obiligation Nursing Information Session
  • Meet the Dean of Nursing
  • Enrollment application
  • Personalized financial aid
  • Career path guidance

What would you like to study?

How may we contact you?

Please complete all fields

By requesting information, I authorize Rasmussen College to contact me by email, phone or text message at the number provided.

Share Your Story Ideas
Our campuses and online community have stories to tell and we want to hear them! Did your campus raise the most money in the community for an organization? Do you have online study tips for other students? Would you like to share a personal success story about overcoming an obstacle while earning your degree?
To have your story idea considered:
  • You must be a faculty member, current student or graduate
  • Story ideas must be regarding Rasmussen College or an inspiring story about a student at Rasmussen College
  • Your submission must be original and may not have been published elsewhere online already
Please Note: Your story idea may be featured on the Rasmussen College News Beat or on one of our social networks. A member of our news team will contact you should we move forward with a blog post.
Feel free to suggest an idea for a blog post to be featured on the Rasmussen College News Beat by filling out the form below:

First Name: (required)

Last Name: (required)

Email Address: (required)

Phone Number: (required)

500 characters or less


Your Story Idea Has Been Submitted

Thank you for sending us a story idea! We’re reviewing submissions and may contact you soon to learn more about your story. In the meantime, make sure to check out our current blogs to see what’s happening on campus.