Kindergarten and Preschool Education
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Kindergarten and preschool education is a program that prepares individuals to teach students in formal settings prior to beginning regular elementary school, usually ranging in age from three to six years (or grade one), depending on the school system or state regulations. includes preparation to teach all relevant subject matter.
Careers for program graduates
Kindergarten and preschool education majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Elementary and Middle School S...Preschool and Kindergarten Tea...Education and childcare admini...Childcare WorkersSpecial Education TeachersTeaching AssistantsSecondary School TeachersSecretaries and Administrative...
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Current Award Levels
Hover over the bars below to see how many people across the country completed a degree in kindergarten and preschool education at each level last year.
01K2K3K0-1 Year Certificate1-2 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreePostbaccalaureate CertMaster's DegreeResearch Doctorate
Race/origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all kindergarten and preschool education graduates from this last academic year. We found a lower percentage of international graduates than in 63% of other programs.
Pacific Islander
American Indian
Not Reported
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 60% of other programs.
Of all people with any degree in kindergarten and preschool education earned in the last academic year, 96% were women.
Context: Percentage women
This is a higher percentage of women than 97% of other programs.
The Census Bureau provides salary data for people with bachelor's degrees in early childhood education, which includes kindergarten and preschool education and one other program.
Context: Median Salary
People with a degree in early childhood education have a median salary of $43,194.
Context: Benefit of a master's
About 38% of these bachelor's graduates also have a graduate degree, perhaps in a different field. Salaries improved by approximately 40% over those holding only the bachelor's degree for those with subsequent graduate degrees.
As with our salary data, this data applies to all who earned a bachelor's degree in early childhood education, which consists of 2 programs.
Context: Unemployment Rate
With an unemployment rate of 2.2%, this degree's majors who are in the workforce are more likely to be employed than the bachelor's graduates of 57% of other fields.
Context: Self Employed Workers
About 4% of workers who earned a bachelor's in early childhood education are self-employed.
Top careers
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education (which combines 2 programs), perhaps followed by additional education in any field. There is a fun exploration of related degrees and careers under Explore Careers below.
Completions History

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Staring Salaries and College Debt by Award
How are students who recently completed a degree in Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods doing?

Below you'll see the distribution of the starting salaries and accumulated federal and private educational loans across schools that offer a program in the field teacher education and professional development, specific levels and methods, which includes kindergarten and preschool education.

Median starting salaries
$24K$20K$34K$43K$50K$0$20K$40K$60KPost-master's CertMaster'sBachelor'sAssociate'sCertificate
Median cumulative loan amount
$14K$13K$25K$30K$25K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KPost-master's CertMaster'sBachelor'sAssociate'sCertificate
Salary and Employment for Majors
Percentage of early childhood education bachelor's graduates who are working

Technically, about 20.5% of early childhood education graduates are currently not working, but only 2.2% are classified as "unemployed." The remaining 18.4% are "not in the workforce," and we don't know whether people are out of the workforce for personal reasons or because they have been unable to find work for an extended period.

Percentage working by type of employer
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Context: Unemployment rates

How does the unemployment rate for early childhood education majors compare to the rate for other majors?

Typical salaries for early childhood education majors
Distribution: Salaries by Employer

Following is the full distribution of salaries for early childhood education majors, with a look at how the type of employer might affect that salary. This salary data includes people who may also have earned a graduate degree in any subject.

$49K$46K$31K$37K$43K$39K$45K$43K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KLocal governmentState governmentSelf Emp. Not Incorp.Private for-profitSelf Emp. IncoporatedPrivate not-for-profitFederal governmentOverall
Context: median salaries

How does the median (middle) salary for early childhood education majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?

Gender and success for early childhood education majors

The donut shows the gender balance for all people with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education.

Men (4%)
Women (96%)
Context: Gender representation

There are more female early childhood education majors than most other degrees. This chart explores the percentages of men and women across majors.

Distribution: salaries by gender

Does your gender influence your salary? If salaries are balanced for men and women, the blue and pink bars should be about the same.

Context: Salary inequity

For early childhood education graduates, men generally earn 17% more than women. This is near the middle of salary differentials within each program's graduates.

Insights from the ages of early childhood education bachelor's-holders
Salary by age

What entry-level pay should you expect in your first job, and is the mid-level pay significantly higher? Below we see salary distributions by age group for early childhood education graduates.

Workers with this degree
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?

Among all kindergarten and preschool education completions reported last year, 60% were at the bachelor's level or higher, including 12% at the graduate level.

Most recent completions in kindergarten and preschool education
0-1 Year Certificate
1-2 Year Certificate
2-4 Year Certificate
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Postbaccalaureate Cert
Master's Degree
Post-master's Cert
Professional Degree
Research Doctorate
Other Doctorate
Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree

About 38% early childhood education majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (but we do not know the graduate field of study). The percentage of early childhood education majors also earned a graduate degree is near the middle in comparison to other fields.

Distribution: early childhood education majors' salaries by education level

Explore the salary distribution of early childhood education majors by their highest degree earned. (Graduate degrees may be earned in any field.)

Context: Percentage boost obtained with a graduate degree

How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We measured the percentage increase over the bachelor's salary that each higher degree achieved -- see how this increase compares to other majors.

40%115%65%0%20%40%60%80%100%120%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to DoctorateBachelor's to Professional

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

This section's data applies people who earned a bachelor's degree in early childhood education

There's a wealth of information about diversity and employment by college major using data from the American Community Survey. The data for kindergarten and preschool education is available for the larger early childhood education degree designation, which contains a total of 2 programs. The charts in this section only apply to people who earned a bachelor's degree in this program.

Programs included in the ACS early childhood education degree
Explore Careers
Careers for early childhood education majors

Where do early childhood education majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** before the job name tells you that the Department of Education recommends this job for people with a degree in kindergarten and preschool education.

Other majors that are hired by the top ten early childhood education careers

Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by early childhood education graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work, and explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!

Elementary EducationGeneral EducationEnglish Language and Lite...PsychologySpecial Needs EducationEarly Childhood EducationArt and Music EducationHistoryLanguage and Drama Educat...Liberal ArtsFamily and Consumer Scien...SociologyTeacher Education: Multip...Business Management and A...General BusinessCommunicationsPolitical Science and Gov...BiologyNursingMathematicsSecondary Teacher Educati...Physical and Health Educa...MarketingAccountingCriminal Justice and Fire...ChemistryPhysicsMusicElementary and MiddleSchool School TeachersPreschool and KindergartenTeachersEducation and childcareadministratorsChildcare WorkersSpecial Education TeachersTeaching AssistantsSecondary School TeachersSecretaries andAdministrative AssistantsPostsecondary TeachersSpecialized Teachers andInstructorsAll othersTop 10 CareersTop 10 degrees hired
What careers hire early childhood education majors as one of their top 10?

To the left of this diagram, see all careers that hire early childhood education majors as one of their top 10 majors, and on the right, see what proportion of openings for the jobs on the left are filled by early childhood education majors.

Special Education Teacher...Elementary and Middle Sch...Preschool and Kindergarte...All other careersEarly Childhood EducationAll other degreesDegree in top 10 employedDegree
Where can I complete this program?
Explore schools that offer kindergarten and preschool education degrees and certificates

Use this list to identify high-performing schools in convenient locations that offer this program. Select the orange scatter button to see typical starting salaries and student loans by school and award level for the broad program Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods. (Salary data is only available for large programs.)

Understanding the columns

The school list includes a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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