Early childhood educators help young learners get off to the best start in life.
From birth to age five, a child’s brain architecture is being built at a rapid rate. We now know that 90% of brain development occurs before age 5. This foundation lays the social, emotional, behavioral and cognitive skills for children’s future success. Skilled early childhood educators are critical to support young children’s healthy development and get them on track for a successful life.
Early childhood educators work with young children (birth to age 8) and apply theoretical and practical knowledge to maximize children’s developmental and learning potential. Graduates of FVCC’s Early Childhood Education AAS program are eligible to transfer with junior status into the University of Montana Western’s Early Childhood Education Bachelor of Science program.
- Program graduates are qualified to practice in a variety of early childhood education and care settings, including Head Start programs, pre-schools, public school classrooms, childcare centers and more.
- FVCC’s Early Childhood Education AAS degree articulates into the Early Childhood Education Bachelor of Science degree program at the University of Montana Western. Graduates are prepared to teach in elementary schools from kindergarten to grade 8.
- In Montana, the annual mean wage for a kindergarten teacher is $46,690 and the annual mean wage
for an elementary school teacher is $49,020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Attributes of Successful Early Childhood Educators
- Enthusiasm and passion for children
- Positive attitude
- Creative and flexible