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Earn your Early Childhood Education degree from Grand Canyon University

Do you have a passion for working with infants and young children and enjoy guiding them in learning motor, social and academic skills? If so, you may want to explore a career in early childhood education. As an ECE teacher, you can find positions in a variety of settings including Head Start programs, preschools, daycare centers, public schools, private schools or charter schools. This rewarding field focuses on teaching fine and large motor skills as well as early reading, phonics and language acquisition. Earning an early childhood education degree allows an individual to nurture and teach children from birth through third grade.

Student earning her early childhood development degree"Preschool for All" is a new nationwide program that focuses on the importance of early childhood education programs and making quality preschool programs available to every child in the country. This initiative proposes that $75 billion be spent to provide quality preschool for all four year olds.

According to the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRR A), "Children in high quality child care programs perform better in math, language and reading and show fewer behavioral problems." Furthermore, according to NACCRRA, the education level of the child care provider is the best indicator for child care quality. "Children in early care and education are better prepared for school when their teachers have higher levels of education and specialized training."

In fact, the Center for the Child Care Workforce has shown that the strongest indicator of the child care provider's ability to "engage children in developmentally appropriate activities" is the amount of formal education they've obtained. Due to the continued push for preschool and other early childhood education programs, the percent change in employment from 2010-2020 for early childhood education teachers is projected at a 25 percent (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Grand Canyon University offers early childhood education degrees online, at our Phoenix campus and through our evening cohorts that meet once a week. In addition to offering a bachelor's in early childhood education degree, we also offer a master's degree in early childhood education, developed for career changers who have earned a bachelor's degree in a field outside of education.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards form the foundation for Grand Canyon University's early childhood education programs. The curriculum includes instructional strategies, teaching methodologies, assessment techniques, theories of early childhood growth and development, and the impact of family and cultural diversity on early childhood. With a focus on children from birth through third grade, Grand Canyon University's early childhood education programs have embedded practicum experiences throughout the coursework, require a student teaching component, and lead to a teaching credential in Arizona.

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