@Comfyshoes - I agree and I wanted to add that some early childhood education jobs require only a CDA license or an Associate’s degree in early childhood. I have seen a few job opportunities that allow a teacher’s assistant to work with a CDA license, and some can teach in a daycare setting and some private schools with an Associate’s degree if they are teaching prekindergarten classes.
For public school, a teacher has to have a Bachelor’s degree. I had a friend that got her CDA license at a community college and worked in a daycare to see if she was going to like working with young children.
She told me that this was the best thing that she did and recommends that anyone considering this field to go that route because some people find that they like the idea of teaching young children but when they actually are in that setting they are uncomfortable and it was not what they thought it would be. This is a rewarding field but it is not for everyone.