Education & Teaching
Early Education

If you dream of teaching the future citizens and leaders of the world, enjoy the high-energy setting of an early childhood classroom and possess unbreakable patience and compassion, a degree in Early Education may be the perfect fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Early Education students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), master's degree (6-7 years), or certificate program. An associate degree usually limits graduates to teaching in a preschool setting, while those with higher levels of education can teach older students or pursue administrative roles. Most states require teachers to be certified if they teach in public schools, and before taking the certification course, many states require teachers to hold a bachelor's degree.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background and experience teaching, mentoring, and/or coaching helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a specific school.

Career Opportunities After Earning An Early Education Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Early Education include:

  • Preschool Teacher
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Preschool/Childcare Center Director
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a Preschool Teacher was $30,520 in 2019 (1) while Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers earned $59,420 in 2019 (2). Preschool and Childcare Center Directors earned a median salary of $48,210 in 2019. (3)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on the career chosen but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


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Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.