7 Early Childhood Education degree jobs worth exploring

1. Preschool teacher

Preschool teachers are some of the first people to truly have an impact on a child’s life. These professionals care for and educate young children–typically ages three to five–and help them develop the foundations that will accompany them to their elementary years and beyond.

Preschool teachers teach a variety of subjects including math, science, writing, art and more. They can work in both public and private schools and often work in childcare centers or other organizations as well.

2. Teacher assistant

Teacher assistants in early childhood education aid ECE teachers by reinforcing lessons, enforcing classrooms rules, helping teachers prepare materials and assisting with anything else a teacher might need.

While the lead teacher generally presents the lessons to the class, the teacher assistant can aid small groups or individual students who have more questions during work time. Teacher assistants may also help with grading tests or checking over homework.

3. Childcare center director

Childcare center directors also work with children, but in a more of a hands-off capacity. They assume a managerial role in overseeing the entire childcare center. This includes supervising childcare workers and preschool teachers, establishing and enforcing policies and handling any higher-level issues with children, facilities, staff or budgets. Some childcare centers are independently owned and operated, while others are part of a national chain.

4. Childcare worker

Childcare workers work on the front lines in childcare centers. They directly care for the children, prepare meals and snacks, change diapers, organize activities and maintain schedules and routines to ensure the center operates smoothly.

This particular position is very hands on and allows workers to get a firsthand look at charting children’s progress and development, as well as introducing them to basic fundamentals. Childcare workers may provide care as part of a before- or after-school programs or in a full-time childcare center.

5. Special education teacher

Special education teachers have a deep level of compassion and patience and find joy in working with students who have a wide range of learning, emotional, mental and physical disabilities. These teachers assess students’ abilities to map out an educational plan and adapt lessons to meet the needs of students.

They must also work with the parents and teachers of disabled students to make sure their learning environment is helpful and safe for them. Special education teachers may work one-on-one with students or with several students in a classroom.

6. English Language Learner (ELL) teacher

English Language Learner (ELL) teachers assist students in strengthening their understanding of the English language. They help students learn English while integrating that knowledge into other lessons to reinforce student learning. These teachers will help students “learn how to learn” in English and keep an eye out for potential learning disabilities.

7. Nanny

Nannies are very similar to childcare workers in that they are solely focused on caring for kids. The biggest difference, however, is that a nanny will generally work with the children of an individual family in their own home.

A nanny helps care for kids while their parents are at work and will assume many of the same responsibilities that a parent would: driving kids to activities, preparing meals, planning activities and more. While an ECE degree isn’t necessarily required to find employment as a nanny, it can certainly make you a more desirable candidate to families seeking quality care for their little ones.