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Early Childhood Education Career Outlook

A program that prepares individuals to teach students from birth to grade 2. Early childhood education majors also earn either an ESL or bilingual education endorsement (for preK to grade 12) and an early childhood special education approval.

To find out more about your major including potential areas and employers, required skills, job outlook, and median pay, please access the Occupational Outlook Handbook or O*Net websites.

Career Outlook

Explore the subsections below to learn more about the potential skills a student with an early childhood education major can develop as well as the potential positions, areas, and employers that hire students with this degree. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.

Skills

As an early childhood education major, students may develop advanced skills including communication, patience, creativity, enthusiasm, confidence, dedication, organization, classroom management, time management, emotional soothing, parent communication, critical thinking, leadership, and teamwork.

Positions

Graduates with a degree in early childhood education can work as teachers, day care operators, day care teachers, infant toddler specialists, ESL teachers, early childhood special educators, day care directors, ABA therapists, early interventionists (developmental therapists), nannies, home day care operators, afterschool program directors.

Areas

Graduates with a degree in early childhood education can work in teaching, research, sales, administration, literacy development, parent education, early intervention, home-based behavior therapy, day care, fundraising/development.

Employers

Graduates with a degree in early childhood education can work for public, private, Montessori, magnet, or charter schools, professional associations, families, day care centers, respite care agencies, international schools, publishers, museums, zoos, religious organizations, correctional institutions, nonprofits, park districts.

Helpful Resources

Use the employment opportunity resources below to kickstart your preprofessional and or professional experience search. You may also identify a professional or student organization to join and network with individuals in your major and field. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.

Employment Opportunities