Early Childhood Education: Career Diploma Description

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A diploma in early childhood education is the first step towards a rewarding career as an educator of children. This diploma program combines theory and practice to produce a graduate who is qualified to find work in a preschool, elementary school, or other child education and care facility. Typical coursework includes psychology of childhood and individual program planning. Read on to find out more.
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What is an Early Childhood Education Diploma?

In an early childhood education diploma program you will learn about the education needs specific to young children and how to go about fulfilling them. Learn about early childhood psychology and behavior and the specific teaching practices that cater to them. Also learn about how to communicate with children and their families to ensure that each child receives the attention he deserves.

Specific Skills You Will Learn

Throughout the course of a childhood education diploma program you will become an expert in the assessment of the educational needs of children. Learn observation techniques and theories and how to implement them into progress reports and personalized learning plans. You will also learn about children with special needs and how to meet them. Most diploma programs incorporate extensive classroom time with children as a way of getting hands-on experience.

Courses

In the typical early childhood education diploma program you will encounter the following courses:

  • Psychology of Childhood
  • Writing Skills
  • Children with Special Needs
  • Observation of Children
  • Individual Program Planning
  • Children and the Family

Why Get an Early Childhood Education Diploma?

Although the career of early childhood educator is a rewarding one and appeals to many, it takes extensive specific instruction in the field to become a practitioner. Teachers in all 50 states must be licensed if they are to work in public schools and many other schools as well.

What can I do with an Early Childhood Education Diploma?

Those who hold a diploma in early childhood education go on to find work in preschools, elementary schools, day care programs, as tutors, and in government educational services.

Job Outlook and Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov), the demand for early childhood educators will grow as fast or faster than the national average until the year 2014. Potential legislation mandating free pre-school education in some state may drive up demand for these positions. The median annual income of early childhood educators was around $21,000.

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Education Specialist in Teaching and Learning
      • Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning with an Emphasis in Adult Learning
    Master's
      • M.Ed. in Early Childhood
      • M.A. in Reading with an Emphasis in Elementary Education
      • MA in Curriculum and Instruction
      • M.Ed. in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in Humanities (ITL)
      • M.Ed. in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in Humanities (NITL)
      • M.Ed. in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in STEM (ITL)
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
      • BS in Early Childhood
      • B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education
      • B.S. in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Christian Education
      • B.S. in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in STEM
      • B.S. in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Teaching Reading
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DME: Doctor of Music Education
      • EDD: Curriculum and Instruction
      • EDD: Curriculum and Instruction/Elementary Education
      • EDD: Curriculum and Instruction/Middle Grades Education
      • EDD: Curriculum and Instruction/Secondary Education
      • EDS: Curriculum and Instruction
    Master's
      • MAT: Master of Arts in Teaching (36 Hours): Elementary Education
      • MAT: Master of Arts in Teaching (36 Hours): Middle Grades Education
      • MAT: Master of Arts in Teaching (45 Hours): Elementary Education
      • MA: Music Education: Music Studies
      • MAT: Master of Arts in Teaching (45 Hours): Middle Grades Education
      • MED: Curriculum and Instruction: Early Childhood Education
    Bachelor's
      • BS: Education Non-Licensure: Early Childhood Education in Interdisciplinary Studies
      • BS: Education Non-Licensure: Elementary Education in Interdisciplinary Studies
      • BED: Education Licensure: Elementary Education
      • BED: Education Licensure: Middle Education - English
      • BED: Education Licensure: Middle Education - Social Sciences
    Associate's
      • AA: Early Childhood Education
      • AA: Education (Non-Licensure)
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master: Education (for Practicing Teachers: K-12)
      • Master: Teaching (for Aspiring Teachers: Grades 5-12)
      • Master: Higher Education - College Teaching/Learning
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Early Childhood Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ed.D. - Early Childhood Education
      • PhD in Education - Early Childhood Education
      • PhD in Education - Curriculum and Teaching
      • Ed.D. - Curriculum and Teaching
      • Ed.D. - General Education
      • Doctor of Education in Learning Analytics in K-12 Education
    Master's
      • M.Ed. - Early Childhood Education
      • M.Ed. - Curriculum and Teaching
      • M.Ed. - General Education
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Regent University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.Ed. - Individualized Degree Program
      • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Early Childhood Education
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Curriculum and Instruction, M.A. - Emphasis in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
      • Master of Education in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education
    Bachelor's
      • B.A. Elementary Education (Non-Licensure)
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Walden University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Education - Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment (Grades K-12)
      • MS in Education - Elementary Reading & Literacy (Grades PreK-6)
      • MS in Education - Self-Designed
    Bachelor's
      • BS Elementary Education
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA: Education Studies - Early Childhood Development
  • Philadelphia, PA

    University of Pennsylvania

Featured Schools

Grand Canyon University

  • Education Specialist in Teaching and Learning
  • M.Ed. in Early Childhood
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

What is your highest level of education?

Liberty University

  • DME: Doctor of Music Education
  • MAT: Master of Arts in Teaching (36 Hours): Elementary Education
  • BS: Education Non-Licensure: Early Childhood Education in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • AA: Early Childhood Education

What is your highest level of education?

Purdue University Global

  • Master: Education (for Practicing Teachers: K-12)
  • Master: Teaching (for Aspiring Teachers: Grades 5-12)
  • BS in Early Childhood Administration

Which subject are you interested in?

Northcentral University

  • Ed.D. - Early Childhood Education
  • PhD in Education - Early Childhood Education
  • M.Ed. - Early Childhood Education
  • M.Ed. - Curriculum and Teaching

What is your highest level of education?

Regent University

  • M.Ed. - Individualized Degree Program
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction
  • B.S. in Early Childhood Education

What is your highest level of education completed?

Colorado Christian University

  • Curriculum and Instruction, M.A. - Emphasis in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
  • Master of Education in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education
  • B.A. Elementary Education (Non-Licensure)

What is your highest level of education completed?

Walden University

  • MS in Education - Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment (Grades K-12)
  • MS in Education - Elementary Reading & Literacy (Grades PreK-6)
  • BS Elementary Education

What is your highest level of education completed?

Penn Foster High School

  • HS Diploma

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