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Early Childhood Education
Associate of Arts or
CWC offers two degree programs: 1) AA in Early Childhood Education and 2) AAS in Early Childhood. These programs are designed to qualify students to teach in and/or manage childcare centers, pre-schools, child development centers and other areas dealing with the care of young children ages birth to eight years. They include courses that would enable a student to continue beyond the associate’s degree toward a baccalaureate program in elementary education, early childhood education, or child development. See your advisor.
With the increased focus on the value of early childhood education and the subsequent wave of new jobs, those qualified to teach young children can anticipate a broad range of career opportunities. Not only can they make a difference in the lifelong learning experiences of their students but they can positively influence the quality and standards of the programs they teach – making the outlook and prospects even better for the next generation of teachers.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects favorable growth in the early childhood education field over the next ten years. As Baby Boomer teachers retire and school enrollment increases, the need for educators and child care workers will increase as well. In some areas, where the need for teachers is high, schools are offering bonuses and higher than average pay.
The outlook is bright for preschool teachers, kindergarten teachers, child, family and school social workers, teacher assistants and child care workers. Other jobs are available at Headstart and day care centers.