Career Outlook

List of Careers Supporting Children and Families

The Early Childhood Studies Major

The Major offers two concentrations:

The Early Childhood Education concentration prepares students for a career in an early education setting, including:

  • Infant, toddler, and preschool teacher
  • Administrator of an early education program
  • Support services in agencies that serve young children and families
  • Elementary teacher (requires completion of a post-baccalaureate Multiple Subject credential program)
  • Special Education teacher (requires completion of a post-baccalaureate Special Education credential program)

The Early Childhood Development concentration prepares students for a career working with young children and families in non-education settings, including:

  • Social Services
  • Graduate School in counseling or social work
  • Graduate school in Child Life Specialist
  • Child Family Advocacy
  • Community Worker

The Early Childhood Studies Minor

The Minor provides students a foundation for further graduate study and professional programs in related fields such as:

  • Psychology
  • Advocacy
  • Counseling
  • Medical Work
  • Social Work

Possible careers following the bachelors in Early Childhood Studies include preschool teacher, daycare director, child life specialist, school program director, social work, special education teacher and education advocate. Potential places of work include public and private elementary schools, daycares, early childhood education centers, and social service agencies.

What Career can I have with a Bachelors in Early Childhood Studies?

  • Adoption Counselor Advocacy
  • After School Program
  • Curriculum Consultant
  • Early Childhood Director
  • Elementary Teacher TK-3
  • Family Support Services Home Visitor
  • Instructional Aide
  • Lead Teacher in an early childhood setting
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Research Assistant
  • School Administrator
  • Child, family, and school Social worker

What Career can I have if I continue to Graduate/Credential School?

  • Behavioral Consultant
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Child Psychology
  • Elementary Teacher 3-6
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Midwife
  • School Counseling
  • Social Work
  • Pediatrician
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Pediatric Therapy
  • Speech and Language
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Pediatric Dentistry



For those who wish to continue their education, the program also prepares graduates to pursue credentials and certificates to become educators in elementary schools and special education programs.