A Career As a Early Education Specialist

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The role of an Early Childhood Education Specialist is a unique one. Unlike most teachers, a C CE is someone who has a lot of education and training in the area of childhood development. As a preschool teacher you are generally an instructor who works one on one with the children in a controlled environment. However, there are some schools where the role of an Early Childhood Education Specialist is required as opposed to the typical classroom environment.


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Typically, this type of person will hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, have at least four years of experience as a preschool instructor, and be on the average salary in the field. This person would then complete a Masters Degree in early childhood education, having taken courses that focused on both the theoretical and practical aspects of this area. This person would then be able to teach at either an elementary school or a secondary school. The average salary for this type of position is between forty to fifty thousand dollars a year. There are also positions available in the specialty of developmental disabilities if you have a special interest in this area.

Some people are confused between an Early Childhood Education Specialist and a School Counselor. While the latter does have a variety of duties including conducting assessments, planning activities and having educational and behavioral management tools, the qualifications for these professionals are quite different. The primary difference between the two is that the school counselor generally has a Bachelor’s Degree, while the Early Childhood Educator must have a Master’s Degree. While there are a number of job opportunities in this field, typically it is better for those seeking a more academic role within a school setting to obtain an early childhood education degree, since most states require a minimum educational requirement in order to teach in a preschool.

The Role 

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The role of a Special Education Teacher is slightly different. Although some Special Education Teachers, such as those in the Special Education Programs of Washington, DC do oversee the overall academic development of a child or children in a certain age range, the majority of Special Education Teachers will be in charge of implementing a specific program or curriculum within a classroom. Most Special Education Teachers will have a Masters Degree or higher in Social Studies or Education. However, the General Teaching Authority of some states may mandate that Special Education Teachers also hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. This often depends on whether or not a State Board of Education deems the Special Education Teacher to have a Bachelor’s Degree, which can vary depending on the state in question.

One of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of teaching is being able to help students learn, grow and advance throughout their academic careers. A special education teacher not only helps students learn and grow through their educational programs but also helps them prepare for college life, and how to get themselves accepted into the best colleges and universities. Many adults look to a Special Education teacher or someone in the education field to help them achieve their goals, such as getting them into a specific university or to help them land a job that they are interested in. By acquiring an early childhood education degree, you will have the knowledge and skills to help students throughout their academic careers.

Easy Accessibility

Another career choice that many people with a Special Education degree choose is becoming a preschool teacher or child care provider. Preschool is a great place for kids to learn new things and interact with other children. However, if you are not willing to spend the hours interacting with children and working with other parents, most preschools need you to work full-time with private homes, while also teaching at least part-time. There are some private homes that hire Early Childhood Educators, who are certified to teach preschool classes. Private homes typically hire Special Education teachers because it is more cost efficient to hire someone in their own household rather than paying for childcare services.

If you are interested in becoming a childcare worker, it is likely that you will be required to meet some educational requirements. However, if you are interested in working in a preschool, your educational requirements will likely be minimal. Most private homes hire Early Childhood Educators, who are certified to teach preschool classes. In most states, these educational requirements are minimal and do not require special training or licensing.


Becoming an Early Childhood Educator is an exciting and rewarding career that has many benefits. If you have an interest in becoming an Early Childhood Educator, there are several colleges and universities that have programs designed to train you as an Early Childhood Education Specialist. Before you decide which college or university to attend, you should carefully consider the educational requirements of the specific state in which you wish to work.

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