Jennifer Amador knew she was meant to find a career that entailed working with young children when she took early childhood courses in high school. “I enjoyed working directly with the children at the preschool, and it motivated me to pursue a career in the field,” says Amador, who has been the assistant director of the Early Learning Center at Broward College since 2014.

Early Childhood EducationIf working with children brings joy to your life, then pursuing a career in Early Childhood Education is a no-brainer. “It’s very important that the person truly enjoys being around children and has the patience to work with them when they exhibit challenging behaviors,” says Amador. An Early Childhood educator works with young children, from birth until age five.

At Broward College, the Education Pathway offers an A.S. degree that trains you in the latest principles, skills, and techniques necessary to teach the youngest members of society.

Rewarding Career Opportunities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates 528,600 job openings in this field by 2026. This faster-than-average growth of ten percent positions this field as one of the on-demand careers for the next few years. Florida ranks in the top five for employment opportunities in the field. With the wide array of programs related to Early Childhood Education offered through Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), which include Early Head Start (birth to 3-years), Pre-Kindergarten (3-4 years old), Preschool Exceptional Student Learning Support, and Voluntary Prekindergarten, jobs in this area are booming in the county.

This versatile field allows you to work as a preschool teacher, nanny, coordinator/administrator of childcare facilities, and any other job that deals with young children’s learning experience. Depending on the career path you choose, annual wages range between $30,000 and $50,000.

The Classroom Experience and Certifications

By the time you complete the 63 credits required for this degree, you would have learned to supervise early childhood personnel, design effective educational curriculum for this age group, and provide child guidance in a classroom setting. In addition to the regular coursework, you also receive hands-on training that amounts to an approximate 480 hours.

Technical certifications within this degree are Infant/Toddler Specialization, Preschool Specializations, and Child Development. Additional credentials that can be completed are the National Child Development Associate (CDA), Staff and Director Credential, and Childcare Training.

“It’s rewarding knowing that we make a difference and have the ability to shape the way each child grows and develops,” says Amador.

Working in the Early Childhood Education field entails teaching children under the age of five, the cognitive, social, and creative skills needed to succeed in life. Register today if you wish to make an impact in the future generations.