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Education and Early Childhood
Two programs that can transfer to a four year college.
Education and Early Childhood
Early Childhood

    The growing field of early childhood education includes many different job opportunities. Regardless of the position you seek, if you are considering a degree in early childhood education, you should enjoy children and have a strong desire to help them learn and succeed.
    CWC offers two degree programs: AA in Early Childhood Education and an 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.  
    The programs 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.

Career Choices

    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.


    Teachers play an important role in fostering the intellectual and social development of children during their formative years. The education that teachers impart plays a key role in determining the future prospects of their students. Whether in preschools or high schools or in private or public schools, teachers provide the tools and the environment for their students to develop into responsible adults.
    CWC's transfer programs in education are designed for prospective teachers in elementary or secondary education.

Employment outlook favorable

    Employment of preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers is projected to grow by at least 12 percent between now and 2016.
    Job prospects are expected to be favorable, with particularly good prospects for teachers in high-demand fields like math, science, and bilingual education.
    The supply of teachers is expected to increase in response to reports of improved job prospects, better pay, more teacher involvement in school policy, and greater public interest in education.
    In addition, more teachers may be drawn from a reserve pool of career changers, substitute teachers, and teachers completing alternative certification programs. In recent years, the total number of bachelor's and master's degrees granted in education has been increasing slowly.
    Many states have implemented policies that will encourage even more students to become teachers because of a shortage of teachers in certain locations and in anticipation of the loss of a number of teachers to retirement.


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