Careers: Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Care & Education

Careers: Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Care & Education
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According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), “The demand for early childhood care and education programs continues to increase, not only in response to the growing demand for out-of-home child care but also in recognition of the critical importance of educational experiences during the early years.” This associate degree program in early childhood education prepares professionals who can provide high-quality educational experiences for their community’s youngest children. Students are usually practitioners working in preschools and other child-care and educational settings.

Graduates of this major pursue careers such as:
  • Head Start Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Infant/Toddler Specialist
  • Family Child Care Provider
  • Program Administrator in an early childhood setting

This degree does not lead to Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 5 licensure.

Occupation Median Wage Projected Growth
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $35,330 11%
Childcare Workers $28,520 4-7%
Education and Childcare Administrators, Preschool and Daycare $49,690 8-10%
Teaching Assistants, Preschool, Elementary, Middle, and Secondary School, Except Special Education $30,920 4-7%