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Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education Certification, Child Care Workers, Early Childhood Education Degrees


Early Childhood Education is the experiences that the child has in Childcare, Pre-School and to some extent, Kindergarten.  Educators have come to understand that the earliest years of a child’s life can be the most formative and that a nurturing environment is critical.


Child Care Workers and Pre-School Teachers have a lot to providing that early, positive environment.  In a Child Care Environment, what infants and toddlers require most is positive attention.  Preschool Children learn mainly through play and interactive activities.


For Pre-School Teachers and Day Care Center Operators – essentially the same job -  some States require a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, while others require an Associate’s Degree, and still others require Certification by a nationally recognized authority. The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, the most common type of certification, requires a mix of classroom training and experience working with children.


Degrees for Early Childhood Education Professionals


  • Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelors/Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Child Development Associate Credential

Median Salaries for Early Childhood Education Professionals


Day Care Center Supervisor


Child Care Worker


Preschool Teacher


Kindergarten Teacher





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