How do I get a Child Care Degree?

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  • Written By: Harriette Halepis
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  • Last Modified Date: 15 June 2019
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The educational requirements expected of child care workers drastically differs from country to country. Further, within a country like the United States, each state has a different set of criteria in place for child care workers. While some people may obtain a child care degree by attending a four year college or university, this is not always the case. While some type of educational background is necessary in most instances, the level of education that a person must possess largely depends upon the position at hand. A child care administrator may need to complete a university program, while a daycare worker may only need to acquire a high school degree.

Within the United States, child care workers may obtain a Child Development associate degree, a high school diploma, or other certification according to state law. In Canada, an associate's degree is often necessary to gain a well-paid child care position. Likewise, each country has unique standards pertaining to child care.

A child care degree can be gained by enrolling in an accredited college or university. Furthermore, various online courses may be offered to those that qualify. All types of child care courses can be found by conducting a basic Internet search, contacting a local school, or speaking with others who have acquired a child care degree.


Even if a person has obtained a degree of any kind in child care, a child care facility cannot function without proper licensing. Almost all countries require child care facilities to obtain a legal license before any children can be enrolled. In addition, child care workers may have to go through a complete police background check. Some countries may also require all child care workers to obtain immunization prior to working with children.

Aside from educational requirements, prospective child care workers should posses certain personality traits. Any person who wishes to deal with children on a regular basis should be patient, able to solve complex problems, enthusiastic, and fair. Many child care employers also appreciate people who have music, literary, or other artistic skills.

Prospective child care workers who reside in North America will find that a Child Development Associate or Certified Childcare Professional child care degree will help to obtain a top position. In many instances, possessing a child care degree will ensure a top placement within any child care facility. To find a child care job, search the Internet, contact child care operations, or speak directly with child care placement agencies.


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Is an M.A (child care and education) equal to (home science)?

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