Many county vocational-technical schools operate early childhood education programs that serve children in their own communities. These programs offer students the opportunity to work directly with young children in a pre-school setting, and prepare for careers in education.
Here are some of the career opportunities in this industry:
Early Childhood Specialist
Around Our Schools
Morris County’s Academy for Child Related Careers is a full- time, four-year high school program that includes career exploration, study of child growth and development, and all early childhood curriculum areas. Students also work with preschoolers in the district’s child care program as part of their experience.
The Early Childhood Education Center at Camden Tech offers a preschool program for children aged three to five with a strong emphasis on family involvement.
Hunterdon Polytech’s Teacher Academy Program is a college-track, one year program for high school seniors that gives students a head start on preparing for teaching careers. In addition to intensive classroom instruction, students have internships in area schools where they observe and assist experienced teachers in various instructional activities. Students participate in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and Future Educators Association (FEA), and can earn up to six transferable college credits.
Videos and More Information
NJ NextStop helps students and parents learn more about career interests and options, and the occupations and skills that are in demand in New Jersey. Each industry page has several videos about the jobs that people in that field do. Each industry page contains includes several good videos about the industry and the types of jobs that people in that field do. Here’s the link for the NJ Next Stop Education and Training Page.
The National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education (NASDCTEc) has a web site that explains what students need to know and what courses they should take in high school in order to enter specific career areas. Here’s the link for National resources for Education and Training