Post # 1
If you went to school for ECD what kind of job do you have? Assuming you have one related to it.
Or if there are any preschool-kindergarten teachers here, I’d love to hear from you about your job. What kind of schooling did you need (I’m hearing it ranges from different states,) what all you do, do you enjoy it, ect.
I came to the realization last night that I have no idea what kind of job I would want long term. But I do love working with kids, so I think this might be something I would enjoy.
Post # 3
@allyfally: What do you like about working with kids? There are many career options that involve children other than an ECE teacher.
For instance, I’m a School Pychologist. I help figure out why kids aren’t successful in school. I create interventions to help them learn. I also test them for disabilities when needed.
Post # 4
@MichiganGirl24: I just enjoy kids in general. My mom says I have a “helping people problem.” I love taking care of people, kids especially. I like playing games with them, reading stories, arts and crafts, helping them learn shapes and colors, ect. All the typical “mothering” type things.
I honestly wouldnt mind working at a daycare for forever, but I cant live off minimum wage.
Post # 5
@allyfally: To be an actual teacher, many states require at least a bachelor’s degree. You also have to take a licensing exam.
I know a lot of preschool and kindergarten teachers have aides who work in their classrooms. You might be able to get that job based on your experience working in a daycare. Where I’m from, a teacher’s aide pays around $11/hr. Check your local school districts for openings.
A job in recreational therapy working with disabled kids might also interest you.
Post # 6
@MichiganGirl24: Hmm. I was reading that a preschool teacher at most requires an associates. I’ll look more into it though. I hadnt thought about a teachers aide, thats also something to look into.
Post # 7
I work for a daycare center, where I am ‘Assistant Teacher’ qualified based on only my generals taken for a 2 year diploma in a different major. My company also pays for my education to become ‘Teacher’ qualified, which is nice – although it will only give me about a 1$ raise. Where I live, Aides definitely do not make 11$/hr, ‘Assistants’ don’t even make that much…’Teacher’s’, maybe.
I made the switch a few months ago from a much higher paying retail job that I hated! Honestly, I am SO happy I did it! I love my job and I am so much happier with life now! The paycheck is not much, but feeling fulfilled with life definitely makes a difference! Good Luck! 🙂
Post # 8
@allyfally: I have a degree in early childhood, I graduated college in 97. And the only thing I did with was I worked in a daycare center for about a year or so as a toddler teacher. That was it, I currently have been working in the healthcare insurance field for almost 9 years so that goes to show you how much that degree was used.
I do have to say even with being a big stretch of time since college, having a degree in EC has helped with having my own child
Post # 9
@allyfally: You should be able to find a job at a daycare with only a high school diploma. I would start there and then proceed with getting my degree, if you find that it is something you want to continue.
Post # 10
@allyfally: If you end up wanting to work as an elementary school teacher, keep in mind that field is the most competitive education major because of how popular it is. I’m majoring in middle childhood education (where I am, grades 4-9), and I know countless early childhood majors.
On the bright side, I’ve heard that if you want to go into education, that demand is the highest in the South and West. I’m not certain about the market in Louisville, but I know that in Kentucky, the market is good as far north as Florence and other parts of the Cincinnati metro area.
Good luck! I know you’re not sure what you want to do, but I hope I helped. 🙂