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Could this be a Career for You?
  • Do you like to make a difference in people’s lives?
  • Are you a good communicator?
  • Do you enjoy teaching/working with others?
  • Can you plan and organize activities?
  • Do you have an enthusiastic and optimistic attitude?

What You Need to Succeed

  • Attention to Detail
  • Communication Skills
  • Adaptability
  • Organizational Skills
  • A Love of Learning
  • Patience and Resilience

Pathway Overview

The people who choose careers in the Education and Child Care Pathway are motivated by their desire to teach and help others. These caring, capable and committed professionals educate students, help get young children off to a great start and match those in need with available resources. Because growth in this sector is tied to our expanding population, the demand for qualified people will remain strong.


Early Childhood Education
  • You’ll instruct preschool-aged children in activities designed to promote social, physical and intellectual growth needed for primary school. You may be required to earn State certification.
  • Also responsible for organizing and leading the activities designed to promote development, such as games, arts and crafts, music, storytelling and field trips.
  • Teaching basic skills, such as color, shape, number and letter recognition, personal hygiene and social skills.
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Child Development
  • Careers that fall under the Child Development Pathway range from child care providers to child psychologists.
  • Students in this pathway will study growth and development, nutrition and health, learning theories and age-appropriate curriculum activities.
  • Upon completion of the various programs available, students will be equipped to work with infants through young children.
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Secondary School Teacher
  • Secondary school teachers instruct students in various or single subjects junior and senior high schools. A bachelor’s degree and teaching credential are required.
  • Teachers plan, prepare and deliver lessons to their class; adapting to the abilities, achievements and individual educational needs of each student.
  • Teachers will often work in cooperation with administrators, counselors and other school personnel to do their job most effectively.
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Top Jobs and Salaries

Salaries: What is Your Career Worth?

To help you make important decisions about investing resources in your college education, see how these careers compare:

JobsSalary Ranges
Special Education Preschool Teacher$29,410 to $83,120
Preschool Teacher$23,590 to $51,920
Secondary Teacher$49,930 to $104,880
Education Administrator, Preschool and Childcare Center Program$29,980 to $85,240

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College Programs: Education

To find programs in this pathway please select your college of interest below.

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Start Today: Get involved and learn more about a new career.

Here are many organizations and activities to explore to learn more:

  • Business Professionals of America (BPA)
  • Future Teachers of America (FTA)
  • Work as a library aide
  • Coach a sports team
  • Teach a community education class
  • Tutor a family member or neighbor
  • Volunteer for a literacy program
  • Work as a teacher assistant in an elementary or high school
  • Join an organization like Teammates or Big Brothers/Big Sisters
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