Early Childhood Education Schools

There are 1,156 accredited early childhood education schools in the country. As a professor or instructor of early childhood education classes at one of these schools, you play a important role in shaping the future of this growing field. Below are charts, statistics and analysis of the trends in early childhood education academia which includes early childhood education training at the following levels:

  • Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • Associates degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Masters degree in Early Childhood Education
  • PhD degree in Early Childhood Education


Statistics

Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Early childhood education professionals

2,083,450 2,137,820 2,160,600 2,166,910 2,079,010
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In 2010, 2,079,010 early childhood education professionals were working in the US. This number has shrunk by 0% over the course of the past 4 years.

This decline is slower than the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010, which was 1%. This trend is expected to continue over the next 7 years.

National Salary percentiles for Early childhood education professionals

10th percentile
$27,630
25th percentile
$33,605
50th percentile
$42,280
75th percentile
$55,498
90th percentile
$72,142

The median yearly salary earned by early childhood education professionals, in 2010, was $42,280. The national median salary for all professions, was $68,155 in the same year. Thus, the median yearly salary for early childhood education professionals in the US was 32% less than the national median salary for all professions.

National Median Salary Growth For Early Childhood Education

$37,392 $38,540 $40,060 $40,985 $42,280
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Between the years 2006 and 2010, salaries for early childhood education professionals have grown by 13%.

Educational Trends

National Early Childhood Education Student enrollment growth by degree

7,548 7,445 7,111 5,275 5,923
12,046 11,784 12,312 12,697 13,010
78 105 97 98 64
3,427 3,093 3,105 3,275 3,526
9,992 9,469 10,049 5,264 4,947
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Grey: Certificate in Early Childhood Education

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for early childhood education professionals. However, the story on the educational front is quite different. In the year 2006 there were 33,091 students who graduated from early childhood education degree programs across the country, while in the year 2010, there were 27,470 students graduating from early childhood education schools.

This represents a 17% change in the number of graduates. This decline in the number of students graduating from early childhood education courses is greater than the change nationally for students graduating from institutions for higher education in general, which has been a 12% growth from 2006 to 2010.

Early Childhood Education Programs offered Nationwide

associate
539
bachelor
520
master
224
doctor
14
Certificate
392
Total1,689

The number of schools offering early childhood education programs has decreased. In the year 2006, there were 1087 early childhood education schools in the US. And in the year 2010, there were 1156 schools.

Early Childhood Education Faculty Salaries

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States

  1. Texas75 Schools
  2. North Carolina75 Schools
  3. Ohio75 Schools
  4. California60 Schools
  5. Georgia53 Schools
  6. New York50 Schools
  7. Pennsylvania48 Schools
  8. Massachusetts43 Schools
  9. Michigan43 Schools
  10. Illinois40 Schools
  11. Indiana35 Schools
  12. Washington State32 Schools
  13. Wisconsin32 Schools
  14. Tennessee31 Schools
  15. Oklahoma30 Schools
  16. Florida29 Schools
  17. South Carolina27 Schools
  18. Arkansas26 Schools
  19. Arizona24 Schools
  20. Missouri23 Schools
  21. Maryland23 Schools
  22. New Mexico22 Schools
  23. Minnesota20 Schools
  24. Louisiana18 Schools
  25. Colorado18 Schools
  26. New Hampshire15 Schools
  27. Alabama15 Schools
  28. New Jersey12 Schools
  29. Utah11 Schools
  30. Kentucky10 Schools
  31. Maine10 Schools
  32. Oregon10 Schools
  33. Nebraska9 Schools
  34. Iowa9 Schools
  35. Kansas9 Schools
  36. South Dakota8 Schools
  37. Wyoming8 Schools
  38. Mississippi8 Schools
  39. Montana7 Schools
  40. West Virginia7 Schools
  41. North Dakota7 Schools
  42. Connecticut7 Schools
  43. Vermont6 Schools
  44. Delaware6 Schools
  45. Washington DC6 Schools
  46. Hawaii5 Schools
  47. Nevada5 Schools
  48. Idaho4 Schools
  49. Virginia4 Schools
  50. Alaska3 Schools
  51. Rhode Island3 Schools

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