Careers in Education

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Preschool Teacher

Overview: Preschool Teachers orgianize activities to promote physical, mental, and social development, and they evaluate the children's performance. They teach more basic skills like colors, shape, letter and number recognition, personal hygine and social skills. In this occupation, you will be bending down, walking, or standing most of the time.


Requirements: For Preschool, 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 is the most common type of certification, requires a mix of classroom training and experience working with children, along with an independent assessment of an individual's competence.


Available in these Options:

  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctoral degree

Educational (School) Psycology

Overview: An educational psycologist interprets students' test results, along with other information, to help diagnose and assess eligibility for special services. They also counsel children and families to help solve conflicts and problems in learning and adjustment. This career promotes an understanding of child development and its realtionship to learning and behavior.


Available in these Options:

  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctoral degree

Childcare Center Administrator

Overview: The Childcare Administartor is the one who sets educational standards and goals, helps establish policies, procedures, and programs to carry them out. They also confer with parents and staff to discuss educational activities and policies. They also discuss students' behavioral or learning problems. This is the one who recruits, hires, trains, and evaluates the staff and their programs.


Requirements:

Bachelor's degree

Educational requirements for administrators of preschools and childcare centers vary depending on the setting of the program and the State of employment. Your education to become a childcare center administrator differs based on many factors.

Public Schools: They often require to have at least a bachelor's degree.


Private schools: Child care directors in a private program are usually not required to have a degree; however, most states require a preschool education credential, which often includes some post secondary coursework.


The National Child Care Association offers a National Administrator Credential (NAC), which some recent college graduates voluntarily earn to better qualify for positions as child care center directors.