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How to Prepare for a Career as an Early Childhood Education Professional

14 JAN 2014
Career Path : Childcare

Working with children is wonderful, joyous and invigorating. It can also be stressful, taxing and challenging. Yet children are one of life’s true joys, and it is no surprise that early childhood college training courses always have a list of interested applicants. What sets the successful early childhood education professionals apart from all those interested candidates is found both in the quality of professional training and their varied skill set. This article will outline some of the other essential skills today’s education professionals need to rise to the top of their field.

Children Need Many Types of Educational Support
Children today are more likely to be products of broken homes. As well, more children today struggle with mental, cognitive, and behavioral health issues than ever before. For this reason, many colleges and universities are now recommending the addition of a personal support worker course wrapped in with their standard early childhood college curricula. Learning how to support a child (and a family) in distress can aid in keeping children focused and productive in the classroom as well.

Educational Professionals Have Many Career Options
In the same way, education professionals have many more career options today than ever before. In addition to graduates who elect to work full-time in a standard classroom setting, other graduates may choose to freelance their services as an early childhood education assistant, an education-focused personal support caseworker, or even use time spent taking accounting courses to do the books for educational institutions. Still others may choose to work in special education or tutoring, or elect to become education professors themselves. For this reason as well, compiling a highly varied skill set will give your career new wings to explore many different professional paths.

How to Begin in Your Chosen Profession
If you already know that you have a strong interest in and passion for early childhood education, the best way to get started is to use this simple “how to” list to research your options and select the option that works best for you.

  • Do an internet search on “early childhood college” courses in your geographic area.
  • Write down the names of each institution.
  • Research the diploma and degree options for each institution.
  • Create a “short list” of 3-5 institutions that sound promising.
  • Spend more time on those websites, noting candidate requirements and submission deadlines.
  • Select the institutions you wish to apply to and submit your materials.
  • Enroll and you are on your way to a rewarding career!

There is no career so rewarding as positively influencing young lives. Your work as an early childhood education professional will benefit you no matter which direction within the education field you ultimately choose to take your career. Perhaps best of all, what you learn in the classroom and on the job will also help you build stronger connections with the young people you treasure most.

Visit NAHB for more information about an early education or personal support worker course.