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Early Childhood Education/TESOL 

Early Childhood Education Teachers educate children ages 3 through 3rd grade. They help students learn and apply concepts in a variety of subjects. Early Childhood Education school teachers generally have one group of students and teach a variety of subjects, whereas middle and secondary school teachers usually specialize in one or more subjects, educating further into the subject.  Teachers work in public, private, or parochial institutions. They must also be open to diverse groups of people, for they work with students differentiating in age, sex, and race, along with different ethical and religious backgrounds.  Along with educating the students, the teacher is also responsible for planning, evaluating, and assigning lessons; preparing, administering, and grading tests; listening to oral presentations; and maintaining classroom discipline.


TESOL teachers help non-english speaking students learn and understand the English language. Teachers work in public, private, or parochial institutions. They must also be open to a diversity of people for they work with students differentiating in age, sex, and race, along with different ethical and religious backgrounds. TESOL is a global association for English language teaching professionals. TESOL encompasses a network of approximately 60,000 educators worldwide, consisting of more than 14,000 individual members and an additional 45,000 educators within the 100 plus TESOL affiliate associations. A TESOL teacher’s mission is to ensure excellence in English language teaching to speakers of other languages. Teachers are also responsible for planning, evaluating, and assigning lessons; preparing, administering, and grading tests; listening to oral presentations; and maintaining classroom discipline. They also must prepare the student in the behavioral aspect, building comfort in different situation for life after graduation  

Typical Job Titles

Note: Some of these occupations might require advanced degrees

Child Development Teacher   Teacher Aide
Montessori Teacher   Childcare Teacher
Nursery Teacher   Pre-School Teacher
Counselor   Pre-K Psychologist
Social Worker   Child Development Associate Teacher
Teacher Aide   Group Teacher
Childcare Teacher   Day Care Provider

Typical Employers/Work Settings

  • Child Day Care Services
  • Elementary and Secondary Schools
  • Individual and Family Services
  • Religious Organizations
  • Elementary Schools
  • Work Assistance Programs
  • Hospitals

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Beginning Salary Ranges

Payscale.com-Typical Salaries
From the Spring 2008 NACE Salary Survey (National Association of Colleges and Employers) B.A.E.-  $35,000 per year; M.A.E.- $43,000

  

 Links To Professional Associations   

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.

American Association for Colleges of  Teacher Education

American Association of Higher Education

American Association of School Administrators

American Association of School Librarians

American Council on Education

 American Counseling Association

American Federation of Teachers 

National Association of State Boards of Education 

National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA) 

National Education Association (NEA)   

Job Search Information

Jobs in Education

K12Jobs

National Educators Employment Review 

School-Jobs

GreatTeacher.net

Teaching Job Search Resources 

Job Search Guides and Resources

Graduate School

Applying To Graduate and Professional Schools

Link To UNF Academic Program

The Department of Childhood Education offers a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Pre-K/Primary Education  

Career Action Plan 

  • Conduct an informational interview and/or shadow a professional in the field
  • Join a professional association for this career field
  • Develop leadership skills by participating in on-campus activities (RA, Peer Advisor, Student Government, Presidential Envoys, Fraternities, Sororities, Student Clubs)
  • Look to do an internship in your junior and/or senior year to gain experience in this field
  • Obtain teaching experience working with target age group by doing volunteer or part-time work
  • Consider taking a public speaking course to develop your presentation skills
  • Attend job fairs and networking events to meet with employer representatives and to explore options

Holland Codes 

PreK-Primary- Social; Enterprising; Conventional (SEC)