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Careers in early childhood

Potential employers

  • boards of education
  • camps
  • consulting firms
  • child care centers
  • educational publishers
  • federal government agencies
  • group homes
  • learning centers
  • nonprofit organizations
  • private elementary schools
  • public elementary schools
  • social service agencies
  • staffing agencies
  • state and local government
  • test-preparation companies
  • United Way agencies
  • VISTA
  • YMCA/YWCA
Did you know facts Did you know Did you know The average class sizeof early childhoodclasses is 30.

Career opportunities

  • before and after school programming
  • camp director
  • child advocate
  • child care administration
  • child development specialist
  • consulting customer service
  • daycare center director
  • daycare center owner
  • daycare teacher
  • early childhood family education (ECFE) teacher
  • fundraising
  • head start teacher
  • human resources
  • instructional coordinator
  • manager
  • nanny
  • para-educator
  • para-professional
  • preschool teacher
  • professional tutor
  • program coordinator
  • programming
  • public relations
  • publishing
  • sales
  • social worker technician
  • training and development
  • writer/author

Career opportunities with an advanced or graduate degree

  • administrator
  • child psychologist
  • counselor
  • curriculum supervisor
  • librarian
  • principal
  • professor
  • researcher
  • school psychologist
  • school social worker
  • special education teacher
  • speech/language pathologist
  • superintendent
  • teacher (K-6)*
  • therapist

Job titles and employers of alumni (non-licensed)

  • ECSE paraprofessional (4 year old preschool) - South St Paul Schools
  • Infant Teacher- MacDonald Montessori School
  • Lead Preschool Teacher Community Childcare Center
  • Lead Teacher - Knowledge Learning Corporation
  • Lead Teacher - Pathways to Play Early Learning Center
  • Professional Development Coordinator/Supervisor - Think Small
  • Toddler Teacher - Community Child Care Center
  • Research Assistant - University of Minnesota

Job titles and employers of alumni (licensed)

  • 1st grade teacher - Bel Air Elementary, Mounds View Public Schools
  • 2nd grade teacher - Mendota Heights
  • 3rd grade teacher - Sojourner Truth Academy
  • Caring for Kids Director - Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners
  • ECFE Children’s Teacher - Wayzata Public Schools
  • Education Services Manager - People Serving People
  • Elementary School Continuous Progress Instructor- Highlands Elementary
  • High Five Teacher - Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Kindergarten Teacher - Anoka Public Schools, other districts
  • Lead YBK Preschool Teacher/Supervisor - Hopkins School District
  • Lead Teacher - Dodge Nature Center
  • Nature Preschool Teacher - Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools (ISD 719)
  • Pre-Kindergarten teacher - Roseville Area School District, St. Paul schools, others
  • Pre-Kindergarten Teacher - Sojourner Truth Academy
  • Preschool Director - Hope Preschool
  • Toddler Teacher - YWCA

*Elementary teaching positions require licensure. Learn more about teacher preparation »