Good early childhood educators have a heaping dose of stamina, zen-like patience and a natural love for young children. Truly great early childhood educators have all that plus the right training. Precisely what that training entails varies by job title, location and employer, but even schools that do not require formal education tend to prefer candidates with a beefier resume. Ready to get started? Let these four steps guide you toward the teaching career of your dreams.
1. Get some work experience.
Before investing in any type of formal education it is always helpful to know that your chosen career path is really for you; doubly so when said path ends with a classroom of rambunctious kiddos. Consider finding a position at a local daycare or preschool that does not require previous experience, certification or training, perhaps as an assistant or teacher's aide. This time is valuable not just as a means for self-evaluation, but for your future resume, too. Some schools may even be willing to contribute to your education, especially private specialty programs.