Teaching & Early Childhood Education

Students from the Hunterdon County Vocational School District's early childhood education program working with toddlers at the district-run preschool

A NJ county vocational-technical school is a great place to explore interest in teaching careers.

Many county vocational-technical schools offer programs in early childhood education that enable students to prepare for careers in education and earn industry certifications. Some even operate state-licensed pre-school programs that give high school students the opportunity to put their learning into practice with young children.

Union County Vocational-Technical School District offers a Teacher Academy, where students earn college credits from Kean University, and Hunterdon County Vocational School District has a one-year pre-teaching program which offers high school seniors internships in local school districts.

Here are just a few of the career pathways in education:

  • College Professor
  • Teacher
  • School Administrator
    • Early Childhood Specialist
    • Training Professional
    • Teacher
      A student from Warren Tech's child development program reads to children at the district's preschool
      The Cat-In-The-Hat visits Warren Tech's district-run preschool on Read Across America Day. Students in the Warren Tech early childhood program work as interns at the pre-school.

      For students and parents:

      To see if your county offers an early childhood development program or a pre-teaching program, see  find your school.

      For more information on education careers:

      Check out videos on various career pathways in reaching and education at NJCareerConnections.

      O*Net Online has comprehensive information on all types of jobs, including surveys that help people find careers they might enjoy.

      Teacher.org offers general information about careers in teaching, the licenses generally required to teach various subjects, and pathways to other education careers.

      The Center for Future Educators at The College of NJ

      Top Ten Reviews has information about various careers in education.

      Monster.com has an overview about teaching careers.