Early Childhood Education
A love of children, patience, and good communication and organizational skills are necessary qualities for a person in the childcare profession. In addition to these characteristics, childcare professionals must have an understanding of child development and an acceptance of diverse backgrounds, both social and economical. Developmentally appropriate guidance skills are also necessary. The business aspect of operating a child care center includes maintaining high nutritional and health standards; supervising assistants, student observers and volunteers; working closely with parents and families; and accounting skills.
Gainful employment reporting
Beginning July 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education began requiring colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible certification program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.” The information provided here represents only one year’s data but will be updated as more information becomes available.
For MCC’s Early Childhood Education Practitioner program, of the one program completer in FY12 who responded to a survey, one was employed in a related or unrelated field at the time of the survey, for a respondent placement rate of 100%. It took the completer two terms to finish the program, for an on-time program completion rate of 100%. Median loan debt was not reported.
College cost information can be found online at http://www.iavalley.edu/mcc/financial_aid/costs.html.
If you have questions about the data provided and what it means to you as a student, please contact Angie Redmond at 641-844-5712. Additional information about early childhood education practitioners and early childhood education practitioner careers can be found on the O*Net website at http://www.onetonline.org/crosswalk/CIP?s=child+care&g=Go.
High turnover creates good job opportunities for childcare positions. Employment is projected to increase about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2016.
What/Where the jobs are
Nanny, preschools, daycares, before and after school programs, self employment, social service agencies.
Associate in Science Career Option (ASCO)
Pat Brown, Pat.Brown@iavalley.edu