Early Childhood Education
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Overview
Early childhood education is a program that prepares individuals to teach students ranging in age from infancy through eight years (grade three), depending on the school system or state regulations. includes preparation to teach all relevant subject matter.
Current award levels
Hover over the bars below to see how many people across the country completed a degree in early childhood education at each level last year.
010K20K30K40K0-1 Year Certificate1-2 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreePostbaccalaureate CertMaster's DegreePost-master's CertResearch Doctorate
Race/origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all early childhood education graduates from this last academic year. We found a lower percentage of international graduates than in 53% of other programs.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 43% of other programs.
Gender
Of all people with any degree in early childhood education earned in the last academic year, 97% were women.
Gender
Men
Women
Context: Percentage women
This is a higher percentage of women than 97% of other programs.
Salary
The Census Bureau provides salary data for people with bachelor's degrees in early childhood education, which includes early childhood education (which unfortunately has the same name) and one other program.
Context: Median Salary
People with a degree in early childhood education have a median salary of $42,553.
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.
Employment
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 2.4%, this degree's majors who are in the workforce are more likely to be employed than the bachelor's graduates of 76% 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
Salary and Employment for Majors
Understanding this data
This section's data is for bachelor's recipients of several programs including early childhood education

This section is informed by household surveys collected for the American Community Survey (ACS). For each person in the households surveyed, we learn about their college major (if applicable), final educational attainment, age, occupation, salary, and more. Using the ACS data lets us share something about what financial and career outcomes people can expect after majoring in a particular field in college.

Within our program pages, Ididio details over 1700 programs. However, the ACS surveys only report on 170 college major degrees. There is no published crosswalk between the programs and degrees. Some of the programs we describe are mostly offered as certificates or graduate programs, and don't make sense as college majors. For the remaining programs, we created a mapping to the best-fitting ACS degree designation.

We placed early childhood education within the ACS early childhood education degree designation, which contains a total of 2 programs. Note that both the program on this page and the ACS degree are named early childhood education. When we discuss salary and employment data throughout this section, early childhood education refers to the larger ACS degree.

All of the data that follows is for individuals who earned a bachelor's degree with a major in the degree early childhood education. While we compile data on those who also received graduate education, unfortunately ACS does not record the subject area for graduate degrees.

Programs included in the ACS early childhood education degree
Kindergarten/Preschool Education
Early Childhood Education
Employment overview
Percentage of early childhood education bachelor's graduates who are working

Does getting a bachelor's degree in early childhood education lead to a secure job? The donut chart shows the percentage early childhood education majors who are working along with a broad view of where they work. We note:

  • Self-employed workers include those working in a family-owned business.
  • Government workers can be in local, state or federal governments.

Technically, about 21.4% of early childhood education graduates are currently not working. However, only 2.4% are classified as "unemployed," while 19.0% are "not in the workforce." Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing whether people are out of the workforce for personal reasons or because they have been unable to find work for an extended period.

79%
Percentage working by type of employer
Government
Federal government
State government
Local government
Self-employed
Self Emp. Incoporated
Self Emp. Not Incorp.
Private not-for-profit
Private for-profit
total
Context: Unemployment rates

This chart lets you see whether early childhood education majors have better unemployment rates than bachelor's graduates from other fields. In the shaded box plot, the percentage of unemployed with this degree is shown in blue, along with the distribution of the percentage of unemployed graduates for each bachelor's degree field.

2.4%0.0%1.0%2.0%3.0%4.0%5.0%
Salary overview
Typical salaries for early childhood education majors

How does the median (middle) salary for early childhood education majors compare to the median salaries for other majors? The chart below compares the median salaries for all bachelor's graduates by major. Here and everywhere that we discuss salary, we limit the population to those with bachelor's degrees who report working at least 35 hours a week and are aged 65 and younger.

Context: median salaries
$42,553$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000
Distribution: Salaries by Employer

Above we compared the median salaries earned across college majors. Now we'll view the full salary range for early childhood education majors. The charts below show the full distribution of salaries for this degree alone, with a look at how the type of employer might affect that salary. This salary includes all people who may also have received graduate education in this or any field. You can tease out the importance of graduate education in the last tab in the section.

$39K$36K$45K$48K$44K$30K$41K$43K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KPrivate not-for-profit (15.6% )Private for-profit (29.5% )State government (19.0% )Local government (29.9% )Federal government (1.9% )Self Emp. Not Incorp. (2.6% )Self Emp. Incoporated (1.5% )Overall (100%)

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

The battle of the sexes
Gender and success for early childhood education majors

The donut chart shows the gender balance for all people with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. In the graphs that follow, we'll explore how these percentages compare to other bachelor's holders, and we'll also investigate the impact of gender on pay.

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

How does the gender balance change according to college major? In the chart below, we see that early childhood education has more women than most other degrees.

96%4%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
Distribution: salaries by gender

The chart below shows the distribution of salaries by gender of early childhood education majors who are working 35 or more hours and are 65 or younger. If salaries are balanced for men and women, the blue and pink bars will be about the same. Many programs' graduates struggle with men's wages higher at all points of the salary distribution, including significantly higher top salaries.

$49K$42K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KWomenMen
Context: Salary inequity

For early childhood education graduates, men generally earn 15% more than women. This is better than many: 84% of programs have graduates with higher salary inequities.

15%15%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Age and Advancement
Insights from the ages of early childhood education bachelor's-holders

The ages of people in the US with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education can give us a hint about whether this degree is in-fashion or out-of-fashion. A higher percentage of older people with a degree suggests that newer degree options have edged out this degree for recent graduates. Likewise, a higher percentage of younger people with a degree may suggest that this degree has become more popular in recent years.

Careeer Advancement

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 who are working 35 or more hours weekly. Is there room for advancement in careers that stem from this degree?

$52K$36K$51K$47K$42K$47K$49K$25K$52K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KSalaries by age20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64
010K20K30K40KNumber with major20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Need for higher degrees
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?

Can early childhood education majors earn a high salary without obtaining a graduate degree? Below, we dive into the prevalence of graduate degrees for early childhood education majors, and we explore how much a graduate degree can be expected to increase salaries. Among all early childhood education completions reported last year, 54% were at the bachelor's level or higher, including 10% at the graduate level.

Most recent completions in early childhood 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 Deg/Doct
Research Doctorate
Other Doctorate
Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree

The donut shows the degree levels awarded in early childhood education today. Now we'll use American Community Survey (ACS) data and look at all workers in the US who majored in early childhood education when in college.

We know that 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.

38%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: early childhood education majors' salaries by education level

We saw above that 38% earned a graduate degree after earning a bachelor's in early childhood education, but was this necessary for earning a good salary? We can see this answer in two ways. First, we can see the salary distribution for people with a bachelor's in early childhood education by their highest education attained. Remember, we only know the field for the bachelor's degree; the graduate degree can be in any field.

$37K$52K$60K$78K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KBachelor's DegreeMaster's DegreeResearch DoctorateProfessional Deg/Doct

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Context: Percentage boost obtained with a graduate degree

The second way that we can explore the impact of higher education on salary is to compare median salaries for workers with each level of education. We measure the percentage increase over the bachelor's salary that each higher degree achieved, and contrast that with similar measurements for other fields.

Sure, we think a higher degree would almost always help salary, but are there some majors that "need" a higher degree (in either the same or a new field) more than others in order to reach their earnings potential?

40%111%61%0%50%100%150%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to Research DoctorateBachelor's to Professional Doctorate
Explore Careers
Careers for early childhood education majors
Careers for early childhood education majors

As we explained at the start of the previous section "Salary and Employment for Majors", the career data in all of these tabs is supported by the American Community Survey (ACS), which provides career information based on the broad degree early childhood education. For of the career statistics we report here, we consider all bachelor-holders in early childhood education and 1 other program to fall under the ACS data we aggregated for the early childhood education degree.

Here we look at ACS survey respondents across the US with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education, and we see their top careers. You can explore the salary distributions for all people in those careers, as well as the typical education help by workers in that job. If you see ** before the job name, that tells you that the Department of Education recommends this job for people with a degree in early childhood education. We did not find always find a strong correlation between that advice and where people were working.

Career
Select any column header to sort by that column, and select any row to explore that career.
Salary
Salary distribution 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Percentage with degree who are in job
Elementary and middle school teachers
$0$200K$51K
43.9%
**Preschool and kindergarten teachers
$0$200K$25K
13.0%
Education administrators
$0$200K$68K
5.0%
Childcare workers
$0$200K$20K
3.6%
Special Education Teachers
$0$200K$49K
2.2%
Teacher assistants
$0$200K$21K
1.9%
Secretaries and administrative assistants
$0$200K$36K
1.5%
Managers (specialized areas)
$0$200K$72K
1.4%
Secondary school teachers
$0$200K$53K
1.3%
Teachers and instructors (specialized areas)
$0$200K$43K
1.2%
Postsecondary teachers
$0$200K$62K
1.1%
Counselors
$0$200K$44K
1.0%
Social workers
$0$200K$43K
0.9%
Registered nurses
$0$200K$63K
0.7%
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
$0$200K$39K
0.7%
Education, training, and library workers (specialized areas)
$0$200K$53K
0.6%
Accountants and auditors
$0$200K$60K
0.6%
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
$0$200K$48K
0.5%
Customer service representatives
$0$200K$32K
0.5%
Social and community service managers
$0$200K$54K
0.5%
Other routes to the top ten careers
Other majors that are hired by the top ten early childhood education careers

Take a minute with this sankey diagram, and use your mouse/touch to explore. You can follow the top ten jobs held by early childhood education graduates, and then, in turn, you can see the largest 10 degrees hired by each of those careers. We hope this gives you a glimpse at where you can most realistically hope to get a job with this degree, but also see alternatives for the same employment options. It's worth noting that for many degrees, the top ten jobs don't account for even half of the graduates. The data warns us / encourages us that a degree is only one piece of the puzzle that determines where we land.

This Degree
Top 10 careers
Top 10 degrees hired
Elementary EducationGeneral EducationSpecial Needs EducationEnglish Language and LiteraturePsychologyEarly Childhood EducationArt and Music EducationLanguage and Drama EducationHistoryLiberal ArtsFamily and Consumer SciencesSociologyTeacher Education: Multiple LevelsBusiness Management and AdministrationGeneral BusinessCommunicationsPolitical Science and GovernmentBiologyAccountingSecondary Teacher EducationMathematicsPhysical and Health Education TeachingMarketingElectrical EngineeringMechanical EngineeringEconomicsFinanceNursingChemistryPhysicsElementary and middleschool teachersPreschool and kindergartenteachersEducation administratorsChildcare workersSpecial Education TeachersTeacher assistantsSecondary school teachersSecretaries andadministrative assistantsManagers (specializedareas)Postsecondary teachersAll others
Jobs that choose early childhood education majors
What careers hire early childhood education majors as one of their top 10?

What jobs are especially seeking you out? The previous section let you explore the top ten jobs for people who earn bachelor's degrees in this field. Now we turn the tables a bit. What jobs have early childhood education as one of the top ten majors they hire? Take this with a grain of salt, though, since some majors have more than 100,000 annual graduates and others have only a few thousand. Maybe employers would hire more of certain low-number majors if they could be found. In the bottom Sankey box, we show you the proportion of early childhood education majors that are accounted for by the top 10 jobs -- there are a myriad of other options for most majors.

Careers where this degree is a top 10 hire
Degrees
Elementary and middle school teachersPreschool and kindergarten teachersSpecial Education TeachersAll other careersEarly Childhood EducationAll other degrees
Where can I complete this program?
What schools offer this program?
Explore schools that offer early childhood education degrees and certificates

We've created a list of schools that offer this program for the level you select. We've also chosen 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. You can filter the list by award level and by state. Clicking on any table headers will sort the table by that column, and clicking on any row sends you to Ididio's school profile.

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of
946 schools offer this program (all levels) in the selected area.
School
State
Total enrollment
Student to Full-time Faculty Ratio
Average Net Price
Repayment Rate
6-year Completion Rate
Aaniiih Nakoda College
MT
142
10.1
$8,311
36%
Adams State University
CO
1,786
25.8
$12,989
53%
37%
Alabama A & M University
AL
4,307
19.8
$15,812
38%
37%
Alabama State University
AL
4,546
21.7
$12,327
32%
34%
Alamance Community College
NC
3,363
28.3
$12,363
24%
Albany State University
GA
4,346
16.7
$10,809
32%
30%
Albany Technical College
GA
2,761
27.6
$626
20%
38%
Albright College
PA
2,307
20.9
$24,673
84%
60%
Alexandria Technical & Community College
MN
1,944
31.4
$13,143
76%
70%
Alvernia University
PA
2,074
22.5
$26,895
74%
60%
Alvin Community College
TX
4,170
37.9
$7,485
54%
28%
Amarillo College
TX
5,941
31.4
$4,089
49%
24%
American International College
MA
1,238
39.2
$19,800
60%
54%
American University
DC
7,793
15.5
$32,732
86%
80%
Ancilla College
IN
466
24.5
$16,227
48%
38%
Anna Maria College
MA
914
29.4
$24,242
74%
38%
Anne Arundel Community College
MD
8,168
32.4
$14,401
55%
33%
Arcadia University
PA
2,522
23.1
$27,567
80%
63%
Arizona State University - Tempe
AZ
43,108
24.9
$12,947
69%
67%
Arizona Western College
AZ
5,305
43.5
$9,735
38%
18%
Graduate program details
Explore early childhood education graduate program details

Many schools provide information to Peterson's about their graduate programs, and Ididio has licensed that data to share with you. The data is reported by program name and subject, and we have worked to match that data with the standard "CIP" titles that are the basis of these program pages. Please be aware that only a subset of all possible graduate programs share the details about financial support and admissions numbers with Peterson's. To see a complete list of schools who have graduated students with this degree, the previous section is much more reliable; however, this is a great place to look for a hint of schools that may offer financial support. You can see more details about each school's graduate programs in the Programs Offered section within that school's Ididio page.

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Program
State
Total applicants
Percentage Admitted
Application Fee
Grad students with aid
Antioch University - New England
Integrated Learning Program (Master of Education)
NH
19
79%
$50
10
Bank Street College of Education
Program in Early Childhood Education (Master of Science in Education)
NY
33
88%
$65
Bank Street College of Education
Program in Elementary/Childhood Education (Master of Science in Education)
NY
56
82%
$65
Bank Street College of Education
Program in Reading and Literacy (Master of Education, Master of Science in Education)
NY
47
77%
$65
Bank Street College of Education
Program in Bilingual Education (Master of Education, Master of Science in Education)
NY
19
58%
$65
Berry College
Program in Early Childhood Education (Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education)
GA
$25
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Program in Early Childhood Education (Master of Education)
PA
8
63%
$35
Boston College
Program in Early Childhood Education (Master of Education)
MA
27
48%
$65
Bridgewater State University
Program in Early Childhood Education (Master of Education)
MA
$50
CUNY Lehman College
Program in Childhood Education (Master of Science in Education)
NY
$50
CUNY Lehman College
Program in Early Childhood Education (Master of Science in Education)
NY
$50
Carlow University
Program in Education (Master of Education)
PA
16
100%
Carlow University
Program in Early Childhood Education (Master of Education)
PA
5
100%
Chicago State University
Program in Early Childhood Education (Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science in Education)
IL
$25
College of Charleston
Program in Early Childhood Education (Master of Arts in Teaching)
SC
$45
Explore similar programs

Early Childhood Education is part of a larger collection of programs: Education by Level or Special Needs. Is there a different program that's close to Early Childhood Education that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.

Program
Graduates
Award Levels
Less than Bachelor's
Bachelor's
Graduate
Gender
Men
Women
Race/Origin
White
Minority
International
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