Bachelor's Degrees in Preschool Education

Enrolling in an early childhood education program can prepare you to work as a teacher or childcare worker at the preschool level. Coursework in a bachelor's degree program in this field covers educational psychology, art and music for children, and behavioral assessment methods. Online options are available. Schools offering Early Childhood Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Do I Need a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education?

The requirements for working as a preschool teacher vary by state, and while some states only require applicants to have a high school diploma, others will require you to have at least completed some college. You may also need to have your Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, which you can earn through the Council for Professional Recognition after a minimum number of hours of formal learning and hands-on experience. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), federal regulations require that Head Start program teachers have at least an associate's degree (www.bls.gov). Bachelor's degrees in the field are available; if you're interested in preschool education, you can enroll in an early childhood education program.

A bachelor's degree in early childhood education will open up additional career opportunities, and you may be qualified to teach up to the third grade level. With a bachelor's degree in early childhood education, you will also be eligible to continue your education in a master's degree program. Any prospective program you consider enrolling in must be accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (www.naeyc.org).

Career Requirements Vary by state; credential, associate's, or bachelor's degree may be required
Common Classes Educational psychology, children's literature, behavioral assessment, multicultural education
Online Options Online programs available; in-person practicum required
Median Salary (2018)$29,780 (for preschool teachers, except special education)*
Job Outlook (2016-26)10% growth (for all preschool teachers, except special education)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Classes Do I Take?

A bachelor's degree in early childhood education requires you to complete general education classes, along with core courses in the field. You will also be required to work with young children in an educational setting under the supervision of a licensed preschool teacher. Classes in a bachelor's degree program in early childhood education may include:

  • Educational psychology
  • Social or emotional learning
  • Children's literature
  • Art and music for preschool children
  • Multicultural education
  • Assessing behavior

Can I Get This Degree Online?

While online bachelor's degree programs in early childhood education are available, you will still need to complete a practicum in-person. In order to meet teacher certification requirements, you almost always have to do a practicum in a classroom before you can receive the proper endorsement. Online programs may be a viable option if you have earned the CDA credential, are currently working in the field and want to continue your education. To complete online courses, you will need a computer with Internet access and updated operating system.

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