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    Originally Posted by Chocolate25
    I will google it . Sounds like a good idea . Well Iím still in the process of figuring it out . The grades Iíd look into are preschool and lower level elementary .
    Yes- even more paperwork and documentation there because of all the developmental milestones and early reading requirements, diagnostic evaluations that are plentiful at that age, etc. I taught mostly that age group and a couple of months as a long term sub 5th grade. But my license was k-6. Yes do your due diligence. I did not have the benefit of the internet when I went into teaching in the late 80s so I spoke with parents of my friends and had a group of classmates and recent grads who were pursuing teaching careers like me. I'm still in touch with a number of them!

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    Originally Posted by Batya33
    Yes- even more paperwork and documentation there because of all the developmental milestones and early reading requirements, diagnostic evaluations that are plentiful at that age, etc. I taught mostly that age group and a couple of months as a long term sub 5th grade. But my license was k-6. Yes do your due diligence. I did not have the benefit of the internet when I went into teaching in the late 80s so I spoke with parents of my friends and had a group of classmates and recent grads who were pursuing teaching careers like me. I'm still in touch with a number of them!
    Wow . Maybe Iíll look into teachers aide jobs too. I hope to get the feel for it someday . I happened to also be interested in early childhood education .

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    Originally Posted by Chocolate25
    Wow . Maybe Iíll look into teachers aide jobs too. I hope to get the feel for it someday . I happened to also be interested in early childhood education .
    What exactly are you interested in about early childhood education -I would get very specific (not here necessarily but in general) - are you interested in the interactions with parents that it entails (much more than older kids or at least at a different -whole child -level for example) - but yes I strongly suggest getting specific then talking to a seasoned teacher who will be honest and who likes his or her job and see if your list matches what the job actually is.

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    Originally Posted by Batya33
    What exactly are you interested in about early childhood education -I would get very specific (not here necessarily but in general) - are you interested in the interactions with parents that it entails (much more than older kids or at least at a different -whole child -level for example) - but yes I strongly suggest getting specific then talking to a seasoned teacher who will be honest and who likes his or her job and see if your list matches what the job actually is.
    I guess itís the subject matter . Iíd have to take a course in it and see how it goes .

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    Originally Posted by Chocolate25
    I guess itís the subject matter . Iíd have to take a course in it and see how it goes .
    My strong suggestion is that unless you can get more specific and more enthusiastic than "I guess it's the subject matter" I would not invest time or money in studying early childhood education -it's an intense and demanding profession to enter as a full time teacher. And no I would not take a course to find out -I'd get hands on experience in an early childhood setting and have informational interviews or discussions with seasoned teachers in the field. (which happens to be what I did when I was interested).

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    Become a personal injury attorney. After this pandemic is over you'll have tons of business.

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    Once daycare centers reopen, get a job working in one. See how you like being around a large group of children for many hours.

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    Originally Posted by boltnrun
    Once daycare centers reopen, get a job working in one. See how you like being around a large group of children for many hours.
    I did this in college the year before I did my one year program in elementary education (it was an intensive one year program to complete a major -I also had another major). Anyway, I LOVED my job. I happened to work at the same center as my sister -she was a head teacher, I was a teacher's aide. Kids were 2 to 6 years old. It was exhausting at times -stressful at times -but my head was so filled with all the amazing and funny things the children said and did. I got so attached, too. I didn't have to lesson plan but I learned a lot about that too. I quit only because it was a winter break/summer job kind of job - and my license was k-6. But yes it helped me choose that career which I did for a few years. I left because of the low pay and really stressful experiences with administration in the public school system. Not because of working with large groups of children.

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    I could never be a teacher of young kids - not because of the kids, but because of the parents. The parents think their little angel walks on water and is actually a terror and who falsely think their child is extremely gifted and smarter than any other kid in the world, or the parents that push their kids too much. But that's just me. When i was in the performing arts, i hated plays that had kids in them - stage parents were the worst. Not as bad when its a 3rd grade ballet recital but really bad with an 'adult" play or musical with 1-4 kids in it.

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    Originally Posted by abitbroken
    I could never be a teacher of young kids - not because of the kids, but because of the parents. The parents think their little angel walks on water and is actually a terror and who falsely think their child is extremely gifted and smarter than any other kid in the world, or the parents that push their kids too much. But that's just me. When i was in the performing arts, i hated plays that had kids in them - stage parents were the worst. Not as bad when its a 3rd grade ballet recital but really bad with an 'adult" play or musical with 1-4 kids in it.
    Yes a person who feels this way about parents of young children should definitely not work with children -not a good fit. (And I didn't feel this way as a teacher or when I volunteered with children; I am not that way as a parent ever -the opposite --neither are many parents I know). It's good you know that about yourself and really helpful as a way for the OP to evaluate her feelings on the matter!

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