Early Education

A graduate certificate in early childhood education is a path to teaching that many aspiring educators choose if they hope to teach young children after achieving a bachelor's degree. Others opt for an undergraduate certificate in early

childhood education if they only currently have a high school diploma and wish to get started on a career. If they hope to advance in their careers, they will need to pursue a bachelor's degree and maybe even a graduate degree as well.

Since, in addition to achieving a degree, aspiring educators also need certification, flexible programs and online degrees are viable options for many. The requirements for educators can vary considerably from state to state, but most teachers can meet the needs of all states they aim to teach in. An early childhood education degree online is a good solution for thousands of aspiring teachers, and all should ascertain that long-distance schools they may attend also meet local requirements.

Students traditionally focus their early childhood development education on:

  • Honing critical thinking skills to use in everyday situation in the classroom.
  • Achieving professional standards when it comes to knowledge of educational tools.
  • Learning, understanding, analyzing, and articulating the standards and most recent research of early childhood education practices.
  • Applying proven, evidence-based practices and principles in the classroom.
  • Maximizing the growth, learning, well-being, and development of each child.
  • Achieving a thorough education in subject matter concentrations and mastering the grade level knowledge of the subjects one will be teaching.

Financial Aid

Since teaching is a profession that isn’t pursued because one desires wealth, there are a plethora of options available for education majors. Your professional development as an educator in the field of early education is something that will be an asset to the community. After all, aspiring teachers or education leaders who are pursuing early childhood education certification are likely very invested in a dream to help young kids develop a lifelong love of learning.

Start by applying for the FAFSA. Then inquire at the financial aid office at your school. You may find private sponsors and philanthropists who have a desire to help educators. Don't be afraid to seek financial aid from local organizations as well.  Some schools even allow you to count life experience, such as an extensive babysitting history, for college credit, and that can save money, too.

Career Opportunities after Earning Early Childhood Education Certification

Achieving early childhood development certification enables graduates to work in preschools, traditional schools, daycares, Head Start programs, tutoring programs, and after-school care centers.  You may find yourself also employed by summer camps, afternoon camps, and even museums with educational programs. Depending on the level of education you seek, you may also move into teaching older grades and working in positions of educational leadership.  

Sources:

The Official Website of the Executive Office of Education (EDU) of Massachusetts: Department of Early Education & Carehttp://www.mass.gov/edu/government/departments-and-boards/department-of-early-education-and-care/

Forbes: A BA In Burger Flipping: Is College Credit In Exchange For Life Experience A Fair Trade?http://www.forbes.com/sites/jmaureenhenderson/2013/02/27/is-college-credit-in-exchange-for-life-experience-a-fair-trade/

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