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Early Childhood is the time period between the age of three to eight when a child goes through the most rapid stage of growth and development. These years are very crucial because they shape their social skills, self-esteem, moral outlook, and cognitive abilities.

The implementation of Early Childhood Education in schools is very important for maximising a child's full potential and laying the groundwork for overall development and lifelong learning.
A degree in Early Childhood Education gives students the knowledge and skills required to work with and educate children studying in preschools. It is multi-disciplinary and includes sociological, psychological, and historical studies related to child growth and development. Students pursuing this degree analyse and observe different learning styles and learning practices that help children succeed. They gain complete knowledge of children's needs, how they learn, grow and develop.

Early childhood educators share skills and knowledge like motor skills, basic math, reading, art, and music with these children. The early Childhood Education curriculum involves training to meet both the general and specific needs of children. A degree in Early Childhood Education provides an array of career opportunities for students to choose from.

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Study Levels:

Various Universities at the undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctorate levels provide early Childhood Education programs. These can be studied either as on-campus or online courses. The available courses are:
Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood and Childhood Education
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development
Bachelor Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science with emphasis on Child Development and Education
Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education in a Mobile Society
Master Degree in Research and Innovation in Specific Didactics for early Childhood and Primary Education
Master in Early Language Education for Intercultural Communication
Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
Master of Science in Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies
Master Degree in Early Care
Master Degree in Montessori Pedagogy
Master of Arts in Childhood Studies
Master of Fine Arts in Child Culture Design
Master of Science In Education and Child Studies
Master of Science in Interventions in Childhood
Ph.D. in Research Training in Pedagogical Resources and Learning Processes in Kindergarten and School
Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education

Specialisations:

Choosing the right area of specialisation helps students to choose a niche in Early Childhood Education that they are most comfortable with and thereby choose the right career.

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The areas of specialisation are:

Early Childhood Curriculum and Methods
Language Development in Young Children
Children's Literature
Administration of Early Childhood Education
Advanced Topics in Child Development and Learning
Building Family and Community Partnerships
Foundations of Early Childhood Education

Play and Learning in Early Childhood Education
Infant / Toddler Learning Environments
Child Guidance and Classroom Management
Constructivist Teaching with Young Children
Young Children with Special Needs
Assessment in Early Childhood and Elementary Education

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Employability:

A degree in Early Childhood Education creates a foundation for careers related to working with young children in sectors like education, social care and health. The job roles include:

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    Early Years Teacher
    Education Consultant
    Family Support Worker
    Learning Mentor
    Primary School Teacher
    Special Educational Needs Coordinator
    Social Worker
    Teaching Assistant

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    Youth Worker
    Child Psychotherapist
    Children's Nurse
    Community Development Worker
    Speech and Language Therapist
    Childcare Centre Director
    Home-Based Service Provider
    Reading Specialist
    Intervention Specialist