Early childhood educators are teachers who specialize in instructing young children. Some define “young children” as ranging from birth to age 8. However the website www.ehow.com says that the title of early childhood educator is often applied not only to teachers but also to teacher assistants specialists (for example speech pathologists) and administrators who are professionally involved with young children in educational settings. Early childhood educators are concerned with the physical cognitive and emotional development of young children. Their specific responsibilities depend on the age of the children but in general they create age-appropriate lesson plans care for and discipline the children in ways that will foster their social development and evaluate children’s progress on a regular basis while striving to communicate and work with parents with the child’s welfare in mind. Educational requirements vary depending on the institution and exact position but those who teach in publically sponsored institutions need a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or child development. They also need a teaching certificate to indicate that their college program is approved by the state which has been raising its requirements for approval of college programs in early childhood education. Many non-public schools have the same requirements but some vary in the credentials teachers must have. Teaching assistants usually have an associate’s degree with some coursework in child development or early childhood education. All individuals who work with children must pass a background check. Job prospects for this profession are good especially in urban areas. Salaries of early childhood educators depend upon location type of organization and specific position. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics annual salaries range from approximately $47000 to $51000.
|Education Required:||Associate's Degree|
|Tasks:||Teaches young children.
Creates lesson plans.
Evaluates progress of students.
|Also Called:||Kindergarten Teacher
Elementary School Teacher
Child Development Associate