MEd in Early Childhood Education - Careers

Earning your Master of Education in Early Childhood Education degree can prepare you for a variety of careers. For early childhood education degree graduates, careers can include teaching in public schools (pre-K through grade 3), operating daycares or preschools, directing an early childhood education program, and working on policy issues related to early childhood education.

Demand for early childhood education professionals is increasing, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating job growth at a rate of 17 percent through to 2020.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Assess a child's solitary play, play within a group and play with an adult or parent.
  • Apply principles of assessment and measurement concepts, and utilize testing and alternative assessment approaches.
  • Modify content and scaffold learning for English language learners.
  • Use technology to enhance student learning and achievement.
  • Prepare developmentally appropriate learning experiences that promote investigation, problem solving and exploration.
  • Apply scientifically based instructional strategies to promote learning.
  • Utilize effective strategies for instruction and assessment of reading and writing in the early elementary classroom.
  • Handle issues related to children with disabilities and how to support their participation in mainstream classrooms.

Early Childhood Education Resources

Access helpful resources on early childhood education jobs and teaching careers at the following web links:

SNHU Career Development Center
Learn about career planning and development assistance, including for those seeking early childhood education jobs.

U.S. Department of Labor, Educational Services Occupational Outlook, 2010-2011
View the latest information on recommended education and training, teaching job prospects, and expected earnings of those in the education field.

National Association for the Education of Young Children
NAEYC is the leading membership association for those working with and on behalf of children from birth through age 8. NAEYC convenes thought leaders, teachers and other practitioners, researchers, and other stakeholders and sets standards of excellence for programs and teachers in early childhood education.

National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators
NAECTE promotes the professional growth of its members, advocates for improvements in early childhood teacher education, facilitates the exchange of information about research and practice, provides a communication network for early childhood teacher educators, and provides a forum for issues and concerns of interest to educators of early childhood teacher educators.

International Reading Association
The mission of the International Reading Association is to promote reading by continuously advancing the quality of literacy instruction and research worldwide.

National Education Association
The mission of the NEA is to advocate for education professionals and to unite members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world.

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges, and departments of education, NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching, teachers, school specialists and administrators.

New Hampshire Department of Education
The NHDOE is committed to helping students, parents, and educators (including teachers, principals, superintendents, and school communities) meet the educational needs of each student.

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