Early Childhood Professional

WHAT DOES AN EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSIONAL DO?

If you enjoy working with young children and families, a career in early childhood education might be a good choice for you. Early childhood professionals work in preschools, child care centers or home daycares and focus on the growth and development of children from infancy to six years of age. Those best suited for this career have a lot of energy, flexibility and nurturing ability. It is a chance to use your creativity by developing and modifying ideas to enrich young minds.

LEARNING AT WASHBURN TECH

Our early childhood education program provides child care training in the processes and principles of child growth and development. Instruction emphasizes social, emotional, physical and cognitive development in addition to support services for children. You will gain hands-on experience by working in the licensed child care center on our campus, Little Learners at Washburn Tech.  Both post-secondary and high school students are eligible for this one-year program, which enrolls in August only. Upon completion, you will earn a 24 credit hour technical certificate and be eligible to complete a more advanced degree in early childhood education at Washburn University.

JOB AND SALARY OUTLOOK

Employment of early childhood professionals is projected to grow by seven percent from 2016 to 2026, according to the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL). Job prospects are expected to be excellent due, in part, to changing family dynamics. KDOL reports the average salary for an entry-level child care worker in 2017 was $8.42 an hour or $17,510. The average wage was $9.25 an hour or $19,240 annually.

Annual wage / salary

Hourly wage

Entry $17,510 $8.42
Average $19,240 $9.25

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CPR
  • First Aid
  • OSHA-10

SCHEDULE

This program begins every August.

Daytime Options:
M-F 8:00a—11:10a (1 year pathway)
M-F 11:45a—2:55p (1 year pathway)