Preschools, childcare environments, Head Start, Early Childhood Family Education, kindergarten, and primary grade teaching are possible career directions with this degree. Early childhood education is a growing career area with the possibility for leadership positions in agencies that provide support to families and children, such as Head Start and other childcare resource and referral agencies.
Occupation specific tasks include:
- Administer tests to help determine children’s developmental levels, needs, and potential.
- Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of preschool programs.
- Demonstrate activities to children.
- Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order.
- Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate those objectives to children.
- Identify children showing signs of emotional, developmental, or health-related problems and discuss them with supervisors, parents or guardians, and child development specialists.
- Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
- Meet with parents or guardians to discuss their children’s progress and needs and suggest ways that they can promote learning and development.
- Observe and evaluate children’s performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
- Organize and lead activities designed to promote physical, mental and social development, such as games, arts and crafts, music, storytelling, and field trips.
- Teach basic skills such as color, shape, number and letter recognition, personal hygiene, and social skills.