Early Childhood PreK-3 Teacher Education Program
Frequently Asked Questions : PreK-3 Program
- Are there opportunities to study abroad?
- Where can I teach?
- What else can I do besides teach with this degree?
- How hard is it to find a job?
- How soon will I be able to work with children?
Yes, students in the Early Childhood PreK-3 Program can study abroad either through the Program’s bi-lateral exchange agreement with the Stockholm Institute of Education in Stockholm, Sweden or through any of the study abroad programs offered by UVM or other institutions.
The Early Childhood PreK-3 Program leads to a recommendation for teacher licensure in the State of Vermont. However, since UVM has a reciprocal licensure agreement with most other states and since UVM is a nationally accredited teacher education college, graduates of the PreK-3 Program can – and do – teach in any state, both at the early childhood and the primary grade level.
Because there is such a heavy emphasis on child development in the Early Childhood PreK-3 Program, it serves as an excellent base for any types of work with young children and their families, both in and out of the classroom. Graduates of the PreK-3 Program work with children in hospitals, work in children’s museums, provide family services, develop curriculum, work as a children’s advocate, and are involved in government work related to young children and their families. Some of these roles involved additional education but in all cases, the PreK-3 Program provides an excellent foundation on which to build a career.
These days, it isn’t very hard although job opportunities differ across
different locations and regions of the country. The job market for early educators
is expanding significantly as more and more states add early childhood programs
as part of the public school system.
Students begin to work directly with children in their second year in the Early Childhood PreK-3 Program and a total of four semesters in the Program involve hands on work with children either in early childhood or primary grade settings.
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