(Closed) Certificate or Associate's Degree

posted 5 years ago in College
  • poll: Certificate or degree?
    Certificate : (1 votes)
    4 %
    Degree : (24 votes)
    96 %
  • Post # 4
    Hostess
    7564 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I’m not familiar with certificates. 

    I’m inclined to say Associate’s because that way you could potentially go back to school to get your Bachelor’s in the future. Is that the same for a certificate? 

    Post # 5
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    12634 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    IMO, certificates are always viewed as “lesser” than the actual degrees because they are much easier to obtain (i.e. a “graduate certificate” doesn’t have the weight of a “masters degree”).  While both are good options, I think if you want to establish a career in the field, you should obtain the highest level of education that you can.  In this scenario, that’s the associates.

    BTW – I have no background in early childhood education, so this is based on my knowledge in other subject areas!

    Post # 6
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    1766 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    As far as I know, certificates are more useful for professional advancement once you already have your degree.

    What kind of job are you hoping for after you complete your education? If you want to be a teacher’s aide or daycare worker, a certificate might be enough, if you want to work as a kindergarten teacher in a public school, you will probably need a bachelor’s degree. Generally, the higher your degree, the better your job prospects and options.

    Post # 7
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    1677 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    You should contact your state department of education and find out what their requirements for certification are if you plan to teach in public schools. I would suggest that you initially get the lowest level of education required to obtain a certificate to teach, and then continue your education at night/online/etc. This way, you’ll have the opportunity to find employment faster but still reach your goal level of education. 

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