Certificate or Degree?

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  1. AutumnRain972

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    Just wondering what everybody had? Im from California but want to teach in Texas. Thanks!
     
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    I have my AAS in Early Childhood Education as well as my CDA
     
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    I have a BS in Early Childhood Education with a Certificate in Early Childhood
     
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    I have a BA in Interdisplinary English licensed to teach NK-8. I am looking to go back to get a masters in library media specialist
     
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    I have my BS in Elementary Education and Special Education. I also have my reading endorsement. I'm currently working on my MA for Early Childhood Special Education.
     
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    I have a BSE in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and am licensed to teach K-8.
     
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    I have a BS in Child Development/Family Studies and I'm working toward my MA in Early childhood Education. I would highly recommend you earn a bachelor or beyond in ECE or at least take some classes toward EC if you plan to be in this field.

    With the way things are going we can expect universal Pre-K in our future. This is the same thing that happened with kindergarten. It was a slow process to finally include Kindergarten in the public school arena but it was included eventually! This is what my professors and the current research say about universal pre-k...It is coming. It's best to be prepared for it with your degrees/licenses!
     
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    My Advice

    I would do some research into the current salaries are for an individual with your experience and based on where you live. Start with www.careerbuilder.com and see if you can find wages for private schools/programs in your area. You can also find your states child care report which should include the same info. I know mine includes the average salary for the various positions as well as a range. Arm yourself with information before you ask for a raise. Your asking for a big increase! Perhaps they can only give you a fraction of that but they can give you the ability to gain valuable experience such as having the opportunity to cross-train in administration duties or mentor new teachers, provide training, etc. Go on some interviews for other schools. I do this. One thing I do caution is giving your private information when doing this. I simply state that if I am hired I will be happy to provide them with any necessary paperwork. I don't put down where I work or my current salary.

    My current salary is well above the average for my area. But, I would not have had negotiating power if I was not armed with the facts!

    Have you looked into a position with Head Start in your area? Also, try private PRESCHOOLS. Not child care centers. I would look into the public school arena as well as a teacher assistant.

    It's very unlikely that your current program will give you such a huge increase...although it never hurts to ask!
     
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    Pre-K teacher, thank you for your advise. I have decided to reduce the amount by $1, hopefully I will get it. I will let you know.

    Thanks again, I'll let you know what happens.
     
  11. nckris81

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    I have an AA in ECE with a Certificate in it as well. I also have my diploma in Montessori ages 6-9. I just got that last fall. I'm thinking about going for older Montessori I think it's 9-12.
     
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    Certification

    I'm in Louisiana. I obtained a B.S. in Elementary Education. However, for some odd reason, my university sign me up to do my student teaching in Pre-k. I fell in love with Pre-K. Therefore, when I was hired in my parish, I requested Pre-K. I was able to take the Early Childhood praxis in order to become certified to teach Pre-k. I am now certified to teach Pre-k to 8th grade. I do want to earn a degree in ECE. Since I'm working fulltime, my only option is to find an online program. The university in my area does not have a Master's program in ECE.
     

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