Employment Opportunities in Early Childhood Education

Position Description
Preschool or Kindergarten Teacher for private (non-public) school Direct children in educational activities; develop and implement the curriculum for the school year; plan and supervise a half or full day program for children
Teacher Assistant in public school (Associate Degree or college credits required in some states) Work under the direction of a licensed teacher; prepare student materials; monitor children during lunch and recess; may be required to drive school bus
Head Start or NC Pre-K Program Teacher Assistant Assist the lead teacher with the daily program and activities; prepare student materials
Lead Teacher for preschool or child care center Plan and direct half or full day programs for children
Child Care Teacher Teach children in a child care center; assist lead teacher
Director of child care center Manage and oversee child care center (schedules, budgets, policies, staffing, etc.)
Assistant Director of child care center Assist director with managing child care center (schedules, budgets, staffing, etc.)
Early Childhood Program Specialist Assess children’s needs; develop activities based on children’s needs
Special Education Assistant Assist teacher with exceptional children’s daily program
Recreational Program Leader Plan, implement and supervise recreational programs for children
Family Child Care Provider Supervise and care for children in your home; plan and direct educational activities
Nanny or Au Pair Supervise and care for children in their home

 *Many other employment opportunities with advanced degrees