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What Should I Consider When Choosing Early Childhood Education Online Degrees?

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  • Written By: Carol Francois
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  • Last Modified Date: 05 September 2018
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When choosing early childhood education online degrees, you should consider the following four items: professional certification, tuition fees, job placement programs, and evaluation methods. Early childhood education is focused specifically on children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years. In most areas, formal elementary school is available part time for students at 5 and 6 years of age.

In order to qualify for early childhood education online degrees, you must have successfully completed high school, have a clear criminal record, and have a valid first aid certificate. The growth of online schools has resulted in an expansion of services provided by traditional schools. It is now possible to earn a degree online from both a dedicated online school and a traditional university or college.

A professional certification as an early childhood education graduate is required in many states to obtain employment. Take the time to find out if the program offers this type of certification or is associated with a certified institution. Keep in mind that students who must retake the certification examination are required to pay additional fees and may experience a delay in their ability to qualify for a position in this field.

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Look at the total tuition fees required for the early childhood education online degrees. Some programs appear more expensive at first blush, as they include all the course materials. Look for the additional fees charged by the different schools. Write down all the fees associated with each program to make a solid assessment of the costs. Talk to your program adviser about scholarships, bursaries, and other methods of reducing the total program cost.

Job placement is an essential part of this program. Many online schools have formal partnerships with local day care or early childhood education facilities. Talk to the program coordinator to find out exactly how this works. These job placements must be completed under the supervision of a trained, certified educator to be valid for certification purposes. Make sure this is the case, or you may be required to repeat this portion of the training program.

The evaluation methods used for early childhood education online degrees include online quizzes, written assignments, formal tests, exams, and job placement assessments. Look at the breakdown of these different methods to determine how the final marks are calculated. Think about your personal learning style and what type of evaluation method works best for you. Contact student services to strengthen your testing skills so your results are a reflection of your knowledge.

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