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The U.S. Department of Labor reports that growth in employment of preschool teachers is expected to grow by 25 percent through 2020. This growth is due to the continued focus on the importance of early childhood education and a growing population of children ages 3-5.

In addition, new federal guidelines require that 50 percent of Head Start teachers have a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. Plus, increasingly stringent accreditation requirements are calling for increased numbers of teachers in early childhood settings to have bachelor’s degrees.

Earning your degree now while you are actively working in an early childhood setting can help give you job security and prepare your for future opportunities. A bachelor’s degree in early childhood education with a minor in special education from Ball State can prepare you for the following:

  • Lead teacher in an early childhood setting
  • Pre-K or preschool or teacher
  • Head Start program specialist
  • Early childhood education specialist
  • Early childhood curriculum specialist
  • Early childhood technical assistant specialist
  • Early childhood administrator or director
  • Home-based service provider
  • Professional development coordinator
  • Instructor or trainer in early childhood education
  • Regulator of early childhood programs and licensure

Our bachelor’s degree can also prepare you for a master’s degree or other advanced degree.

Online and Distance Education
David Letterman Communication and Media Building (LB), Room 131
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

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Phone: 1-800-872-0369 or 765-285-1581
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