The Early Childhood Education Technology Program offers a variety of satellite classes on the Hancock, and Hattiesburg campus’. Course offerings include online and mini- sessions throughout the year. Our mission is to prepare students for employment in a variety of early education opportunities.
Early childhood education is a growing field, as more parents, schools and governmental bodies recognize the importance of an early start for children’s intellectual and social development. Rewarding careers in teaching await those who attain a degree in Early Childhood Education. Research shows that the early years are the most important, and educators are a valuable piece of the educational system.
By learning about child development, teaching methods, creative play, and other topics, students in Early Childhood Education are prepared to work with children in a hands-on learning environment. The on-campus Child Development Lab School offers laboratory experience for students to apply their emerging skills in a challenging environment.
What can I expect from a career in Early Childhood Education?
According to the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/preschool-teachers.htm, employment of preschool teachers is projected to grow 17 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected due to a continued focus on the importance of early childhood education and the growing population of children ages 3 to 5.
For additional career information: Department of Labor Occupational Outlook: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/