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Field of Study: Early Childhood Education and Teaching

Introduction

Early childhood education and teaching programs prepare people to work in schools and preschools.

 

Overview

In early childhood education and teaching programs students learn the principles of teaching young children up to the third grade level. They also learn to direct and operate childcare centers.

Early childhood education and teaching programs include topics such as:

  • Physical, social, emotional, and mental child development
  • Child psychology
  • Technology in the classroom
  • Measurement
  • Subject matter such as math, reading, and art

Some early education programs allow students to focus on a specific subject area such as language arts.

Schools
Many colleges and universities offer bachelor degree programs in early childhood education. In general, a bachelor's degree takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degree in this program of study. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

One-year certificate and two-year associate degree programs in early childhood education are designed to prepare people to work with preschool children or as teacher aides in schools. Many community colleges offer 1- and 2-year programs in early childhood education.

Some 2-year educational aide programs allow students to specialize in classroom aide, bilingual/bicultural aide, students with disabilities, and vocational-technical education.