Education - Early Childhood Education

Associate of Arts

The Early Childhood Education program is designed to provide students an understanding of the cognitive, physical, social and emotional development of young children from infancy to middle childhood in diverse learning environments. The program of study is designed to combine theoretical and lab experiences for students to acquire skills and techniques required of early childhood care providers, as well as to develop career opportunity skills.

About the Job

With the increasing number of households in which both parents work full time, this industry has been one of the fastest growing in the U.S. economy. Employment of preschool teachers is expected to grow by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations, information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website indicated. Growth is expected due to a continued focus on the importance of early childhood education and the growing population of children ages 3 to 5.

Employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is expected to grow by 17 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth is expected because of both declines in student–teacher ratios and increases in enrollment. However, employment growth will vary by region. 

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