Child Development/Early Childhood
Nature of the Profession
Early Childhood professionals provide supervision and guidance to preschool age children—age 5 or younger. An ability to nurture, motivate, teach, and influence children is essential for this career. In addition, it requires patience, creativity, leadership, and organizational abilities. Early Childhood professionals may be employed by private, community, or employer-sponsored schools and businesses. Early childhood teachers are involved in the organization and direction of the daily activities of children, as well as attend to their emotional and physical needs. Some of their duties include:
- awakening, dressing, and feeding children
- developing daily schedules
- assisting special needs children
- providing experiences in art, music, reading, and outdoor play
- guiding children and initiating measures to help children control their behavior
Education and Training
The Associate of Applied Science degree in Child Development/Early Childhood offers students insight and understanding to become early childhood professionals. Development stages, appropriate learning exercises, and proper working models are covered. Hands-on training and practical experience are an emphasis, as well as theoretical components. The Child Development/Early Childhood program at Tyler Junior College prepares a student to be better equipped to perform their job.
$7.25 - $15.00 per hour. Pay depends on the educational attainment of the early childhood professional and the employment setting.
Employment of early childhood professionals is expected to grow by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.