Early Childhood EducationCareer Possibilities By: Lynzi Harris
Potential Careers • Daycare Director • Elementary School Teacher (K-3) • School Psychologist • School Counselor • Preschool Teacher • School Social Worker • Own a daycare/preschool • Teacher’s Aide
Daycare Director Responsibilities: • Administrative • Processing enrollments, keeping records, ordering supplies, and keeping files up to dateis part of the director’s job. • Managing • Hiring, training, supervising, making work schedule, following ratio guidelines, and conducting evaluations is part of the director’s job. • Instructional • Overseeing the curriculum, reviewing teachers lesson plans, and filling in for absent teachers is part of the director’s job. • Communication • Handling concerns and questions, discussing incidents, and collecting payment is part of the director’s job. • Compliance • Updating licensing paperwork, and ensuring records are in complianceis part of the director’s job.
Daycare Director (continued) • Requirements: • Earn a degree • Some states require a college degree. • Gain Experience • The amount of required experience varies by state. • Work at a Licensed Facility • This helps you gain experience to prepare for credentials required. • Acquire Appropriate Credentials • Most states require a CDA to become a director. • Continue Education • Staying up to date with continuing education is usually a requirement.
Public School Teacher • Responsibilities: • Instructing a class on several subjects is part of the job. • Fostering all aspects of development is part of the job. • Creating and implementing lesson plans is part of the job.
Public School Teacher (continued) • Requirements: • A bachelor’s degree from a teacher education program is required. • All states require a license in teaching. • Job Outlook: • Employment in this field is expected to grow by 13% between 2008-2018.
School Psychologist • Responsibilities: • Creating a safe, healthy, and supportive learning environment is part of the job. • Addressing students learning and behavior problems is part of the job. • Evaluating the effectiveness of an academic program is part of the job.
School Psychologist (continued) • Requirements: • A specialist degree is required in most states -This includes education and psychology coursework.
Elementary School Counselor • Responsibilities: • Providing guidance services to students is part of the job. • Evaluating strengths, problems, or special needs is part of the job. • Helping students deal with social, behavioral, and personal problems before they get worse is part of the job. Note: Elementary school counselors do less vocational and academic counseling than high school counselors.
Elementary School Counselor (continued) • Requirements: • Usually a master’s degree is required to become licensed.
Preschool Teacher • Responsibilities: • Nurturing, teaching, and caring for children who have not entered kindergartenis part of the job. • Planning and implementing a curriculum is part of the job. • Introducing children to all subject areas is part of the job. • Helping children with development in all areas is part of the job.
Preschool Teacher (continued) • Requirements: • The requirements vary for each state. • A minimum of a high school diploma to a college degree is usually required. • Trainings are usually required.
Social Worker • Responsibilities: • Aiming to improve social and psychological functioning of children and their families is part of the job. • Requirements: • Some states require a license. • A bachelor’s degree is a minimum requirement. • Salary • Average salary= $54,000
Daycare Owner • Responsibilities: • Hiring the director is part of the job. • Advertising for the business is part of the job. • Overseeing all operations is part of the job. • Obtaining a license and the required certifications is part of the job.
Daycare Owner (continued) • Requirements • Owner must meetlicensing requirements. • Education requirements vary by state. • Meeting the needs of children is a requirement. • Obtaining certifications is a requirement. Average Salary= $37,000
Comparing Degrees… • Associate’s Degree: • Pre-school Teacher • Teacher’s Aide • Bachelor’s Degree: • Public School (K-Third) • School Social Worker • School Psychologist It Pays to Further Your Education!
My Goals Short Term Goals • I have a goal to graduate from Ivy Tech Community College in May this year. • I want to find an assistant job in the early childhood field this summer. Long Term Goals • I have a goal to graduate from Ball State University in 2014. • I have a goal of becoming an elementary school teacher.
References • Occupational Outlook Handbook. (2010). Retrieved January 29, 2012, from Bureau of Labor Statistics : http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos067.htm