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Careers in Early Childhood Education

Career Paths within Early Childhood Education

Join the ranks of a bright, empathetic and dedicated group of individuals whose work is critical to our community.

Your skills are in demand! According to Mesa County Public Health, the county’s licensed childcare facilities are available to just 21% of children from birth to age 5. That leaves many working parents—or parents who want to work—with limited options.

Higher ed

Assistant Early Childhood Teacher

TITLES Center Aid, Preschool/School-age Paraprofessional (must have higher level of supervision)
SALARY Minimum wage
ECE CREDENTIAL LEVEL 1

Assistant Early Childhood Teacher

TITLES Center Aid, Preschool/School-aged Paraprofessional, Toddler Aid
SALARY Minimum wage
ECE CREDENTIAL LEVEL 2

Center Early Childhood Teacher

TITLES Lead teacher, Supervisor, Infant Nursery or Toddler Room Supervisor
SALARY $12-17
ECE CREDENTIAL LEVEL 3a

Institution Early Childhood Teacher

TITLES Preschool Lead Teacher, Kindergarten Teacher, Assistant Director, Small Center Director
SALARY $15 – 23
ECE CREDENTIAL LEVEL 3b

Large Center Director

TITLES Director, Assistant Director, Business Owner
SALARY $23
ECE CREDENTIAL LEVEL 4

Associates Degree

TITLES Director, Business Owner, Trainer
SALARY $40,000 – 53,000
ECE CREDENTIAL LEVEL 5

Early Childhood Education Bachelors & Masters

TITLES School District Teacher, Elementary Principal, Assistant Principal, ECE Coordinator, College Professor, ECE Trainer
SALARY $35,000 – $80,000 with benefits
ECE CREDENTIAL LEVEL 6

Substitute Teacher

Continued support and learning

With support from Mesa County Department of Human Services and Mesa County Workforce Center, PCF has been able to offer courses for college credit, such as Child Development Associate and Expanding Quality Infant-Toddler (EQIT) classes. Colorado Shines’ Professional Development Information System is a free resource with online training related to early care and learning. Together, we offer hundreds of hours of trainings for early childhood educators each year.