Career Advancement

There are a number of different paths of education and experience that can be taken to arrive at a career in early childhood education. These paths include meeting the minimum training and other requirements required by law for a particular position, or obtaining an early childhood education degree. The following charts illustrate the pathways college students and current or prospective child care workers can take to build a career in early childhood education.

Child Care Credentialing Pathway 

College Pathway 


Learn more about career advancement and pathways in the Career Guide.