Careers, Internships & Opportunities

Careers

The Master of Education in Early Childhood Education is primarily designed to place you in an elementary school classroom. However, you can also use this degree to find employment in other education-related positions.

Internships 

Internships give you opportunities to gain hands-on experience, refine your understanding of your coursework and make professional contacts who can assist your future career development. Internships are voluntary experiences that take place outside of the program curriculum: students do not receive credit for internships. 

Education students can find internship placements with 

Learn more about internship and community engagement opportunities for education students.

    Field Experience & Student Teaching 

    As part of your academic program, you will gain firsthand knowledge in classrooms through immersive field placements and student teaching experiences.

    Field placements for teacher education students can be found with the following school districts, among others. 

    • Abington School District 
    • American Paradigm Schools
    • Colonial School District
    • Cheltenham Township School District 
    • Council Rock School District 
    • KIPP Philadelphia Schools
    • Norristown Area School District 
    • North Penn School District
    • Pennsbury School District
    • School District of Philadelphia
    • Upper Darby School District
    • Upper Dublin School District

    School Partnerships & Associations

    As part of its mission to give back to the surrounding community and provide substantive fieldwork experiences for its students, the College of Education has formed partnerships with more than 25 institutions and organizations, such as

    Career Services

    The College of Education offers a range of career development services to its students. You can also visit the university Career Center for support during your job or internship search. Drop in for a short visit or schedule a 30-minute coaching session to discuss components of your professional profile, including your résumé and LinkedIn presence.

    You’ll also have access to

    Outcomes

    Career opportunities and mid-career salaries for the Early Childhood Education MEd may include the following examples.

    Career

    Median Salary*

    Directors, Religious Activities & Education

    $38,610.00

    Education Administrators, Elementary & Secondary School

    $92,510.00

    Education Administrators, Preschool & Childcare Center/Program

    $45,790.00

    Education Teachers, Postsecondary

    $62,520.00

    Home Economics Teachers, Postsecondary

    $69,190.00

    Kindergarten Teachers

    $52,620.00

    Preschool Teachers

    $28,790.00

    Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten & Elementary School

    $57,040.00

    Special Education Teachers, Preschool

    $52,460.00

    Teacher Assistants

    $25,410.00

    * Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).