Interested in working with young kids, but not sure which degree you need? It really depends on the position you’re going for. Some jobs don’t require a degree at all, while with others you’re better off with a master’s. Here are the basics you need to know about early childhood education degrees and which to pursue:
While it may be tough, it is possible to get a career at a child care center without a degree. You’ll probably need at least an associate’s or a bachelor’s to progress quickly though.
Most child care centers would prefer their staff members to hold an associate’s degree. Some preschools will also take on teachers and teacher’s assistants with a two-year degree, but you’ll need to get at least a four-year to progress very high or quickly.
It’s pretty safe to say that a bachelor’s degree will snag you just about any position in early childhood education that you’re striving for. From a role as a librarian or as an elementary school teacher, a bachelor’s degree will get you pretty far. Infact, one is nearly required for teaching children older than preschoolers.
Today, a master’s is one of the early childhood education degrees that will snag you just about any position. They’re especially valuable for getting higher positions, such as school principals or educational grant writers.
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