The Bachelor in Early Care and Education (BECE) is designed to prepare teachers and related personnel for employment in the fields of child care and children’s services, for young children from birth to age five. This degree program is a joint initiative from two FAU College of Education Departments: the Department of Exceptional Student Education (ESE) and the Department of Curriculum, Culture, and Educational Inquiry (CCEI). This degree prepares graduates to teach, to lead, and to gain expertise with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Graduates with the BECE will be eligible for positions in private and public educational settings as teachers, infant/toddler specialists, staff developers, and center  directors. Graduates also will be eligible to further their education by pursuing master’s  degree programs in various early childhood disciplines.

 

 

 

 

 

Related Major Skills

 

Working with Children Explaining ideas clearly Patience
Decision making Ability to teach or train Planning
Writing and presenting Lesson planning Organization
Ability to teach to different learning levels Dealing with parents or guardians Team player
Summarizing ideas Computer skills Flexibility
Creativity

 

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Sample Career Titles

 

Developmental Specialist Education-Training Administrator Education Coordinator
Student Personnel Child Development Supervisor Administrator
Instruction Specialist  Student Admissions Admin  Education Advisor
Media Center Specialist  Early Head Start Program Director  Missionary Worker
Research Assistant  Physical Education Instructor  Family Development Coordinator
Preschool Administrator  Lead Teacher  Registrar/Admissions Director
Hospital School Teacher Training Specialist Professor of Early Childhood
Resource Teacher Associate Teacher School Psychologist
Head Start Director Secondary School Teacher Early Childhood Head Teacher
Social Services Volunteer Early Childhood Education Coordinator Speech Pathologist
Early Childhood Educator Special Education Administrator Preschool Teacher 
Vocational Rehab Counselor Toddler Teacher Education Management
Student Affairs Administrator Educ. Materials Sales Day Care Administrator
Educational Therapist Employee Trainer Financial Aid Counselor
Grant Writer Guidance Counselor Historic Site Administrator
Instructor, College or University Librarian Tutor
Teacher, Industrial Arts Adult Education Teacher Alumni Relations Coordinator
Athletic Coach Athletic Director Child Life Specialist
Curriculum Specialist

 

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Sample Work Settings

 

Adoption and Child Care Agencies Adult Literacy Programs Child Care Center
Advertising Firms Alternative Schools Boards of Education
Book Stores or Publishing Companies Bureau of Blind Services Education Based Business
Church Organizations College or Universities Community Colleges
Community-Based Organizations Day Care Centers Corporations
Entertainment Centers or Resorts Hospitals or Rehabilitative Centers Marketing Firms
Inpatient or Outpatient Facilities Insurance Companies International Schools
Labor Unions Libraries Manufacturers of Childcare Products
Newspapers or Magazines Nursery Schools Parks and Recreation Departments
Political Parties Research Facilities Schools (Public, Private)
Trade Schools Test Development Test Preparation Companies
YMCA and YWCA Government Agencies

 

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FAU Student Organizations

 

  • A Youthful Soul
  • Best Buddies
  • College of Education Student Achievement Council
  • Florida Collegiate MENC
  • Higher Education Leadership Professionals
  • KDP Rho Omega
  • Alpha Sigma Lambda

 

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Professional Associations

 

 

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South Florida Education Websites

 

 

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Job and Internship Links

 

National Teaching

 

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International Teaching

 

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Chinese Education

 

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Japanese Education

 

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Korean Education

 

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Where to Learn More

 

General Occupational Information

 

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Career Planning Websites

 

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Sample Library Resources

These Resources can be found at the CDC Career Resource Library and/or FAU's Wimberley Library.

  • 101 Career Alternatives For Teachers
  • 101 Grade A Resumes for Teachers
  • AAHE Job Search Handbook for Educators
  • Alternative Teacher Certification
  • Careers for Number Crunchers
  • Careers in Education
  • Careers in Teaching
  • College Board Guide Book of Majors
  • College Majors & Careers
  • Education Occupations File
  • Face to Face: On-Campus Interviews
  • Florida Education Directory by FASA
  • International Jobs: Where They Are
  • Manual on Certification and Preparation
  • Opportunities in Counseling
  • Opportunities in Environmental Careers
  • Opportunities in Social Science Careers
  • Resumes for Education Careers
  • School Board Applications
  • Teacher Certification Requirements
  • Teaching English in Asia
  • The ISS Directory of International Schools

 

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Informational Sample Websites

 

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