(Closed) Anyone gone/going into Early Childhood or Teaching Field

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

in the end would you rather teach preschool or just a lower grade in elementary school? a few things to consider: it is harder to get an elementary school teaching job, but they most often significantly pay more. if you get an elementary degree you can teach k-6, but with early childhood, you can only teach up through 1st (depends on where you are). downfalls (some people view them as downfalls, some don’t)- at least where i am, you need to graduate double major for elementary ed you have only a few years to finish your masters if you want to continue to teach. so i guess it depends a lot on how much schooling you want to do. 

Post # 4
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923 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m not going into early childhood, but I’m currently in school getting certified to teach language arts 7-12

Post # 5
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2116 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I teach special ed.. I’d like to recommend that you don’t get your heart set on a grade unless you’re prepared to possibly wait or move for a job. Positive of teaching young kids- engergy, cuteness, a lot of fast growth in learning, negatives- tiring, tattling, a lot of lessons prepared per day… it all depends on your teaching style/personality

Post # 6
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535 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have an elementary education degree (K-6), but I haven’t found a job yet since I graduated last May.  Currently, I’m teaching 3 year olds at a very nice daycare.

The Cons: I went to school for something that I’m not directly using (teaching older kids), less pay, and less respect (a lot of people think I’m not a “teacher” but rather a babysitter) but I still have to teach a themed curriculum and create lesson plans.

The Pros: I LOVE LOVE LOVE my babies!! I have 15 three year olds (exausting and frustrating at times), but its a lot of fun 🙂 Also, I work 7am-3pm and I have way less paperwork and work to take home than elementary school teachers.

In the next couple of years, I’m hoping to teach kindergarten (I interned in a K class last year and LOVED it), but I’m learning to be content now because I’m getting experience and its less stress during wedding planning 🙂

If I don’t find a better-paying job next school year, I’m applying to grad school to get my master’s in literacy/reading education because I want to eventually be a reading specialist for grades K-2.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

I’m currently majoring in Early Childhood Education. I’m about 1 1/2semesters away from getting my associates then will get my BA. Currently I work as a part time nanny/babysitter which I really enjoy. I also just started an internship in a classroom with 1-2 year olds which is a ton of fun. I’m not really sure what I want to do with my career path yet though. I love the daycare setting, but they just aren’t paid very well. I don’t mind not making tons of money (obviously), but I need to be able to make enough to support a family and I’m not sure being a daycare worker would accomplish that. Here in New York City, private nannies make much more money than daycare workers, but the jobs aren’t as stable. Tough choice!

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