Early Childhood Higher Education Faculty

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Job Overview: Faculty members within early childhood departments at community colleges and universities have a critical role to play in ensuring that the early childhood workforce has the knowledge, skills and competencies to meet the needs of the young children and families they serve. They will significantly improve the content and quality of early childhood higher education, creating more interdisciplinary collaboration and ensuring students are learning and can demonstrate the competencies of highly effective teachers. Faculty are often also called upon to serve as advisors for students as they sign up for courses. Faculty will be required to engage in continuous learning, planning and evaluation. Faculty may be required to conduct and publish research. Faculty also may be asked to help their early childhood education department meet the standards for their college or university’s regional accreditation and/or accreditation for their early childhood department through the National Association for the Education of Young Children.1 

Places of Possible Employment:
 Community Colleges, Four Year Public and Private Colleges & Universities, Government and state agencies, Non-profit and for-profit research organizations1

Minimum Education:
For Community College Faculty: Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education or closely related field from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning

Recommended Education1
For Four Year Colleges & University Faculty: PhD in Child Development or Early Childhood Education or related area    

Salary Range
:  $30,560 – $122,340 per year

Recommended Previous Experience:
 Early Childhood Education teacher, Early Childhood Education director/administrator, Early Childhood TA or PD provider  

Professional Standards:
In addition to NAEYC’s Professional Standards and Competencies and the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct, these are additional professional standards specific to the job of an Early Childhood Education Faculty Member:
  • An understanding of adult learning and effective teaching practice.
  • The ability to meet the needs of a diverse student population.
  • The knowledge and skills needed to develop and teach the required courses in classrooms on campus, in communities and/or online.
  • NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct Supplement for Adult Educators2

Additional Resources:

National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) Associate Degree Early Childhood Teacher Educators (ACCESS) 

1 Child Care Services Associations. Careers in Early Childhood: A North Carolina Directory. https://www.childcareservices.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/NC-ECE-Career-Directory-051419.pdf Child Care Services Associations. Careers in Early Childhood: A North Carolina Directory.

2  NAEYC. Code of Ethical Conduct: Supplement for Early Childhood Adult Educators. https://www.naeyc.org/sites/default/files/globally-shared/downloads/PDFs/resources/position-statements/ethics04_09202013update.pdf

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