You know you want to work with young children because you love the idea of helping give children the best possible start in life! Whether a career in early childhood education (ECE) is a pathway you’ve been on for a while or a journey that is just beginning, it’s exciting to know that you have found your passion and are on your way to achieving your career goal. You’re probably curious about the types of careers available for ECE degree holders but you first you will need to decide which ECE degree or credential is right for you. Here’s an in-depth look at the different levels of ECE degrees/credentials you can earn and the types of careers those credentials can lead to.
Which pathway is right for me?
If you or someone you know is newly considering a career in ECE, start by reviewing our brochure on ECE pathways: Jump-start Your Future!
Family Child Care Home
High School + Training
Masters Degree Plus
College Faculty or Instructor
Wages: Varies $3700- $4500
per 3 credit course
Masters Degree Plus
Associate and Bachelor’s Degrees
|Castleton University||Bachelor’s Degree, Early Childhood or Early Childhood Special Education
|University of Vermont||Bachelor’s, Master’s Degrees in Education, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education
|Champlain College||Bachelor’s, Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.
|Community College of Vermont||Associate Degree|
|Saint Michael’s College||Bachelor’s Degree
|Northern Vermont University||Bachelor’s Degree
|Goddard College||Bachelor’s, Master’s Degree|
|Springfield College||Bachelor’s of Science in Human Services with a concentration in early childhood. No licensure option.|
Continuing Education and Other Training Opportunities:
|Organization||Program or Courses|
|Community College of VT||Child Care Certificate (24 college credits) CCV Related Credits|
|Northern Lights At CCV||ECE Career Advisors Instructor Registry Courses required by child care licensing regulations|
|Vermont Higher Education Collaborative||ECE Licensure, Autism Certificate, Trainings|
|Vermont Career & Technical Education||Programs vary-contact your local program|