You know you want to work with young children because you love the idea of helping give children the best possible start in life! Whether a career in early childhood education (ECE) is a pathway you’ve been on for a while or a journey that is just beginning, it’s exciting to know that you have found your passion and are on your way to achieving your career goal. You’re probably curious about the types of careers available for ECE degree holders but you first you will need to decide which ECE degree or credential is right for you. Here’s an in-depth look at the different levels of ECE degrees/credentials you can earn and the types of careers those credentials can lead to.

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Family Child Care Home

Wages: Varies

High School + Training

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Teacher Assistant

Wages:$12-$14

Associate Degree

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Teacher Asssociate

Wages:$14-$15

Associate Degree

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Teacher

Wages:$21-$25

Bachelors Degree

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Licensed Teacher

Wages:$26-$60

Bachelors Degree

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Assistant Director

Wages:$19-$22

Bachelors Degree

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Program Director

Wages:$27-$29

Bachelors Degree

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ECE Consultant

Wages:$50-$100

Masters Degree Plus

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College Faculty or Instructor

Wages: Varies $3700- $4500
per 3 credit course

Masters Degree Plus

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Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degrees

College/University Degree Program
Castleton University Bachelor’s Degree, Early Childhood or Early Childhood Special Education
Licensure
University of Vermont Bachelor’s, Master’s Degrees in Education, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education
Licensure
Champlain College Bachelor’s, Master’s  Degree in Early Childhood Education.  
Licensure
Community College of Vermont Associate’s Degree
Saint Michael’s College Bachelor’s Degree
Licensure
Northern Vermont University Bachelor’s Degree
Licensure
Goddard College Bachelor’s, Master’s Degree
Springfield College Bachelor’s of Science in Human Services with a concentration in early childhood.  No licensure option.

Continuing Education and Other Training Opportunities:

Organization Program or Courses
Community College of VT Child Care Certificate (24 college credits) CCV Related Credits
Northern Lights At CCV ECE Career Advisors Instructor Registry Courses required by child care licensing regulations
Vermont Higher Education Collaborative ECE Licensure, Autism Certificate, Trainings
Career Technical Centers Programs vary-contact your local program

Articulation Agreements for VT Higher Education Institutes for Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education