Early childhood professionals support development of young children, birth to age 5, through the design and implementation of appropriate lesson planning, according to the children’s needs.
Students gain practical experience through observation and participation in UA's Center for Early Childhood Development and other centers in Akron and surrounding areas.
Gain professional experience through UA's optional cooperative education program or an internship. Participation gives you firsthand, on-the-job training in the field of your choice. Through co-op, you’ll alternate semesters of work and school while earning a competitive salary.
Interact with other early childhood education students and professionals in the field through organizations such as:
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A degree in early childhood development prepares you to work in a variety of environments, such as:
Job opportunities for early childhood professionals are rapidly growing, due to the high percentage of women in the work force who have need for child care. Areas of the U.S. experiencing population growth, such as the South and West, have the greatest need.
The Career Center creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to: