Early Childhood Education is a demanding and exciting profession consisting of people who are creative, caring, and committed and who play a crucial role in the network of human services and the shaping of our society.

When you think about employment in Early Childhood Education, you might consider the following employment options:

Infant/Toddler CaregiverPreschool TeacherSchool-Age TeacherCenter DirectorFamily Child Care ProviderElementary School AideLanguage Development SpecialistSpecial Needs AssistantPublic Policy AdvocateLicensing AnalystECE ConsultantECE College Instructor

A career in Early Childhood Education carries with it many benefits. It offers FLEXIBILITY in work hours and conditions. It offers SECURITY because it is a profession that meets a vital and growing service need in our society. You can almost find or create a job where you are or where you want to be. The richest REWARDS are personal: contributing to the development of the world's most valuable resource-our next generation; rediscovering the world daily through the eyes of young children; developing your own character, knowledge, and creativity through the daily challenges of a relevant, vital, and varied profession; knowing you are making a difference in the well-being of families; realizing you have the ability to enrich lives and influence others' self-image and character.

There are additional bonuses. You have opportunities for personal and professional growth through building close relationships with colleagues and parents from many different backgrounds and beliefs. You can become a member in local, state, and national professional organizations (and take on a position of leadership if you wish). You can travel and participate in a variety of conferences, seminars, and workshops.

For more information, contact the ECE Department Faculty, the ECE job board (A161), and the Career Center of Santa Barbara City College.