What Can You Do With a Degree in Early Childhood Education?

We prepare our students to teach in under-resourced communities through strong relationships with neighborhood programs and schools. Courses taken within the program may lead toward additional extensions and certifications in bilingual education and special education. Our graduates are hired by school districts and early childhood centers and universities, both locally and nationwide.

Early Childhood Education, Birth to Grade 2, M.S.Ed.

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Students complete internships in public and private schools throughout the New York City region as well as across the United States. The internship is a supervised experience designed to hone the requisite skills and knowledge to work as a teacher.

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Salary Guide

The salary of an early education educator varies depending on your experience, location, specialty, or certification. The average annual salary for K–12 teachers in United States is about $50,000, according to Payscale.com. Salaries for public, charter, private, and religious schools vary. Before accepting offers, compare the compensation and benefits offered at each location.

To get a sense of the occupations available with this major and the salaries of each in New York City, visit Early Childhood Teacher.

According to earlychildhoodteacher.org: “From teeming metro areas to the tiny towns upstate, New York is home to high-paying jobs in Early Childhood Education. New York offers the highest salaries for Special Ed Preschool Teachers in the country, and comes in within the top five for most of the other jobs that fall within the broader sphere of early childhood education. New York City is the natural focus of many of these numbers, but even ECE professionals in Rochester, Poughkeepsie and other cities outside the big city can look forward to great salaries, and without the high costs of big city living.”

On-Campus Resources

The Magner Career Center has a wealth of information on everything you need to get started in your career, help with résumés, an internships database, job fairs, etc.

  • The center hosts frequent career events, which include panels with Brooklyn College alumni, company and organization visits, and workshops.
  • You can get matched with alumni with your major to learn about their experiences, seek career advice, and develop a professional relationship.
  • HireBC offers starter, competitive internships, and even job postings from Brooklyn College’s dedicated Job Board. Access HireBC via the Brooklyn College WebCentral Portal, under the Career tab. Many alumni post positions with hopes of working with Brooklyn College students. Begin by uploading your résumé and having it reviewed by a career counselor.
  • Kendra Lewis is the liaison to the School of Education. For more information or to set up appointments, visit the Magner Center’s website, call 718.951.5696, or visit 1303 James Hall.

Off-Campus Resources

  • National Education Association (NEA) is committed to “advancing public education. It includes tools and ideas for teaching as well as grant and profession development events.”
  • Scholastic Teachable has sample lessons in every subject to guide you to create your individual lessons, free teaching resources, student activities, teacher blogs, and more.
  • Crayola for Educators includes lesson plans for every grade level on art techniques, crafts, etc., as well as professional development resources.
  • Google Classrooms helps teachers organize classes. Educators can communicate with the students, share documents, create assignments and questions, and use topics to organize classrooms.

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