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Monroe College’s Early Childhood Program has been developed to meet the educational needs of the communities in New York City and surrounding areas. New York City requires teachers who are qualified to teach in their subject areas, are equipped to handle the challenges of student populations in high-need schools and who will remain committed to these schools for some period of time.
New York City continues to struggle with a teacher shortage in high poverty schools. In addition, the demand for early childhood teachers is increasing due to policies such as universal pre-kindergarten and full-day kindergarten.
Learn more about the many career options available to you with a Monroe early childhood education degree.
Daycare centers provide children with a safe and creative learning environment while at the same time giving working parents peace of mind. Centers offer fun activities designed to promote socialization between supervised children. A career as a daycare center owner can be rewarding and challenging, especially when caring for children from low income and culturally diverse homes.
Degree classes are taught by experienced daycare owners, childcare experts and early education instructors. Students must not only meet the demands of an intense curriculum, they are required to obtain real-world experience in daycare centers, childcare facilities and schools.
Note: If graduates wish to pursue a career in teaching, a master’s degree in education is generally required.
Early childhood teachers work exclusively with children from infancy to approximately eight years of age. Early childhood educators are tasked with developing the academic, emotional and social skills of the children they teach. While rewarding, it is a career that can present unique challenges as more and more children come from broken homes, low income families and diverse cultural backgrounds. A rigorous and intensive curriculum is taught by active and retired early childhood teachers, advocates and program directors.
In order to become early childhood teachers, students must continue on and earn a master’s degree in education. A career as an early childhood teacher can lead to opportunities in child psychology, educational consulting and bilingual education.
Head Start teachers work with preschool-aged children in primarily low income, culturally diverse school districts to help develop their academic, emotional and social skills. Demanding coursework is delivered by faculty consisting of veteran Head Start teachers, directors and administrators. Students complement classroom learning by interning/working at preschools, Head Start agencies and child learning centers.
Students must earn a master’s degree in education before pursuing a Head Start teaching career. Expanded career opportunities include Head Start program director, supervisor and policymaker.