In this program, you can gain practical field experience by working in a licensed childcare center. Penn Foster College is an official partner of Bright Horizon Family Solutions and Learning Care Group. Through our partners, you may be able to be placed in a Bright Horizons center or in a center under the Learning Care Group’s family of brands for the externship portion of the program.
With Penn Foster College, earning college credits and a full degree is within reach. Our Early Childhood Education program will provide the foundational concepts that are used by ECE teachers every day — including how to make lesson plans and promote language, literacy, and preschool social skills development — all at a price that fits your budget. With Penn Foster’s Early Childhood Education Associate Degree program, you pay up to $79 per credit and study on your schedule. In this affordable program, you have no set class schedules and can access on-demand support.
With mobile-friendly coursework, progress-tracking and goal-setting tools, virtual simulations, informative videos, and personal coaches to help you succeed, the Penn Foster Experience (PFx) is online learning like no other.
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Q. What will I teach as an ECE Teacher?
A. Early Childhood Education professionals most often teach children younger than five years old. You’ll teach students basic skills such as identifying colors, shapes, numbers, and letters. You’ll organize activities that allow children to learn about the world around them. Most ECE graduates work as preschool teachers, teaching assistants, childcare workers, and special education teachers.
Q. What is the average salary for a teacher in early childhood education?
A. The average salary for early childhood education teachers can vary based on experience, the state in which you work, and the environment you work in. The national average salary in 2019 for preschool teachers was $30,520 per year.² Salary and hourly wages for teachers can also be determined based on whether or not the school they work for is a private or public institution.
Q. Is Early Childhood Education right for me?
A. Teachers in early childhood education work closely with young children and their parents to develop language, literacy, and other necessary skills. Effective teachers are patient, compassionate, creative, and have developed written and verbal communication skills. If this sounds like you, becoming an ECE teacher could be a great career path!
Q. Can I teach elementary school with a degree in early childhood education?
A. Generally, an Early Childhood Associate’s Degree prepares graduates for work in preschools, daycares, or other facilities. Though requirements can vary slightly based on your state and whether you’re seeking employment in public or private education, most elementary school teachers are required to attain at least a bachelor’s degree and pass state exams.
Q. Where else can I teach with an Early Childhood Education Degree?
A. Besides preschools, you can teach in public and private daycares, childcare centers, and schools as a teaching assistant or special education support staff. Additionally, early education teachers also work in social services or as a home-based provider, such as a nanny.
Q. Are Early Childhood Education Teachers in demand?
A. Skilled educators are important to a child’s short and long-term intellectual growth and well-being, so the need for early education teachers is projected to grow about 7% by 2028,² faster than average for all occupations.
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