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Early Childhood Education

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Academic Information: - top

What is Early Childhood Education?  - top

Early childhood education is guiding children along the path to being healthy, intelligent, productive, cooperative individuals. This is taught through many different skill areas: social, emotional, communication, intellectual, verbal, small motor, large motor, problem solving, literacy building, diversity, and many more. Early Childhood Education is primarily considered to be age 6 weeks up until they enter kindergarten. Obviously each developmental stage is taught different. You cannot teach verbal skills to an infant the same way you can a 4 year old. The same goes with each skill area. Children need to be taught in developmentally appropriate ways. Most learning is in the midst of play. Children will learn almost everything they need to know through play if the play is appropriate. Most people (uneducated in the field) call it age appropriate. Not all children at any particular age are at the same developmental stages. This is why developmentally appropriate is more accurate. These are the things you learn when you go to college majoring in Early Childhood Education.

Career Information  - top

Possible Job Titles  - top

  • Assistant Clinical Instructor
  • Child Center Director
  • Childcare Worker
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Social Services Coordinator
  • Parent Educator
  • Resource and Referral Specialist
  • Community Care Licensing Analyst
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Special Educational Needs Teacher
  • Child Development Jobs
  • Child Care Administrator/Director
  • Children’s Museum Project Coordinator
  • Coach
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Family Child Care Home Owner
  • Home Visitor
  • Family Services Worker
  • Disabilities Specialist
  • Family support worker
  • Learning Mentor
  • Primary school teacher
  • Youth Worker

*Denotes need for additional education

Typical Places of Employment  - top

  • Elementary, middle and secondary schools:
    *public, private, Montessori, etc.
  • Day care centers and nursery schools
  • Four-year colleges and universities
  • Medical and professional schools
  • K-12 school systems
  • Boards of education
  • Two-year and technical schools
  • Community organizations: YMCA, Red Cross, etc.
  • Museums
  • Professional associations
  • Nursing homes/Adult daycare
  • Vocational services


  • Public and private corporations
  • Consulting firms
  • Marketing companies
  • Bookstores
  • Publishers:
    *Textbook, newspaper, magazine, book
  • Test-preparation companies
  • Software companies
  • Staffing agencies


  • Federal government agencies:
    • Department of Education
    • Department of Defense
    • Overseas schools for military dependents
    • Department of Labor
    • Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)
    • Health and Human Services
    • Library of Congress
    • National Archives and Records Administration
    • National Science Foundation
    • National Endowment for the Arts
    • National Endowment for the Humanities
    • Peace Corps
    • Americorps
  • Social service agencies
  • State and local government


  • Adoption agencies
  • Scouts
  • Camps
  • United Way agencies
  • Group homes
  • Mental health clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Community recreation centers
  • Other public or private social service organizations
  • State/national professional associations

Required Skills and Abilities - top

  • The ability to promote the healthy development of children
  • How to create appropriate learning environments for young children
  • Multi-tasking
  • Collaboration with parents and families
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Active listening with patience and empathy
  • Awareness of special needs and cultural differences
  • Knowledge of how children learn
  • Self-confidence and self-understanding
  • An understanding of the different domains ofchild development
  • Speaking and presentation skills

Alumni Resources  - top

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)

-Kerrie Boyd- Dallas - TX, 75287 - The Delta Companies - Risk Management Verifications Coordinator
-Shannon Boyle - Queen Anne - MD, 21657 - Charles County Public Schools - Teacher
-Dorothy DiGiovannantonio - MD - St Marys Bryantown - Kindergarten Teacher
-Mike Dmiterchik - DE - Cape Henlopen School District - Associate Principal
-Nicole Juersivich - MD - Nazareth College - Assistant Professor

Related Links: Further Explore this Career Field - top

Professional Associations:

American Federation of Teachers

National Education Association

Resources of Education Societies

US Department of Education

List of Associations

American Education Research Association

Council for Exceptional Children

National Association for the Education of Young Children

National Education Association

Child Life Council

National Child Care Association

Other Career-Related Links Below:

Occupational Outlook Handbook

O*NET OnLine

Teacher Certification Requirements, State by State

Locate Private Schools

Public School Review - research public school information

Private School Review

American School Directory

Salary relocation calculation and school reports (research schools)

"What to Expect Your First Year of Teaching" article by Department of Education

Education Week on the Web: archives, magazine articles, jobs by region and title, some job fairs

Teachers Edition Online: helping tools and ideas for busy teachers

Teachers Helping Teachers: provides basic teaching tips to inexperienced teachers; ideas that can be immediately implemented into the classroom

Teaching Careers Center

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