Early childhood education and teaching majors are responsible for developing the young minds of children ranging in ages from infancy to 8 years old. Persons who have a passion for and understanding of the individuality of young children may find that early childhood education and teaching is the perfect degree choice. The coursework is geared towards child development and student involvement. Instruction includes health, safety, and nutrition for young children, growth and development, language development, math, science, and the arts. Individuals must be able to develop the appropriate curriculum and learning environment based on the individual and group needs of the children and based upon the latest educational trends. There?s also a huge emphasis on creating and maintaining a child-safe and healthy environment.With a degree in early childhood education and teaching, a graduate can become a teacher, teachers' assistant, curriculum developer, or daycare worker. Successful teachers have the skills to motivate their students. They recognize the social, physical, intellectual, emotional, and creative strengths and weaknesses in each child and can effectively combine them to produce one coherent classroom setting. Verbal and written communication skills are also critical in this major because the student is not only working with children, but with their parents or guardians.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|Our Lady of the Lake University San Antonio, TX||28 : 1||2,974|
|Texas A&M University-San Antonio San Antonio, TX||37 : 1||6,710|
|Northwest Vista College San Antonio, TX||94 : 1||18,010|
|Palo Alto College San Antonio, TX||72 : 1||10,763|