Early Childhood Care and Education
Nature of Work
Childcare workers nurture, teach, and care for children who have not yet entered kindergarten. In addition to attending to children's health, safety, and nutrition, childcare workers organize activities and implement curricula that stimulate children's physical, emotional, intellectual, and social growth. They help children explore individual interests, develop talents and independence, build self-esteem, learn how to get along with others, and prepare for more formal schooling.
Childcare workers held about 1.3 million jobs nationally in 2012. Child daycare services employed about 24 percent of all childcare workers, and about 11 percent worked primarily in educational services. About 24 percent of childcare workers were self-employed. Employment of childcare workers is projected to increase by 14 percent from 2012 through 2022.
Credentials You Can Earn
The Higher Education Act requires all colleges and universities to notify students and prospective students of all program costs for which they will be responsible. Students will be responsible for the following expenses:
- Nonrefundable application fee ($25)
- Tuition ($89 per credit hour)
- Accident Insurance Fee ($4 per term)
- Campus Supply Fee ($40 per term)
- Instruction Fee ($55 per term)
- Parking Fee ($20 per term)
- Campus Safety Fee ($25 per term)
- Registration Fee ($50 per term)
- Student Activity Fee ($30 per term)
- Technology Fee ($105 per term)
Throughout the Program
- Textbooks (Approximately $3,500 for the associate degree program, $2,7000 for the diploma program, and $1,000 for the certificate program)
- Supply Fees (Varies — See course descriptions for exact amounts)
- Malpractice Insurance Fee ($11 per year)
- Criminal Record Check ($10-$50 per year)
These expenses are based on costs in effect at the time this catalog was published. Prices are subject to change.