Early Childhood Education

You can shape the future and make a difference in your community by choosing a career in education or public service. This pathway provides a variety of opportunities to work with people of many ages and backgrounds.

Career Pathways

Requires on-the-job training, work experience, and/or a high school diploma
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Teacher Assistant $12.09
Childcare Worker $12.31
Pre-School Teacher $14.19
Requires two years of education beyond high school or on-the-job experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Education and Childcare Administrator, Preschool and Daycare $21.89
Educational Instruction and Library Occupations $21.99
Requires four or more years of education beyond high school plus work experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Elementary School Teacher $25.28
Education Administrator (Elementary and Secondary School) $39.28

Training Pathways

Middle and high school career or career academy programs
Training Programs Institution
Early Childhood Education Sneads High School
Principles of Teaching Marianna High School
Principles of Teaching Sneads High School
Certifications, technical programs or two-year degree programs
Training Programs Institution
Childcare Center Management Specialization Chipola College
Early Childhood Education Chipola CollegeGulf Coast State College
Elementary Teacher Education Gulf Coast State College
Special Education Gulf Coast State College
Bachelor's, master's or doctoral programs
Training Programs Institution
Curriculum and Instruction Florida State University
Education - Mathematics Chipola College
Elementary Education Florida State University (Bay County)Chipola College
English Education Chipola College
Exceptional Student Education Chipola College
Middle School Education - Mathematics Chipola College
Middle School Education - Science Chipola College
Organizational Management Gulf Coast State College
Secondary Education - Biology Chipola College
Secondary Education -Mathematics Chipola College

See a full list of Jackson County Career Academies.

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Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Building Construction

Business/Information Technology

Culinary Arts


Health Assisting (CNA)

IMPORTANT: In each potential pathway, the ability to transfer credits from one program level to the next is dependent on a variety of factors. Statewide articulation agreements may assist in these efforts but are not available for all potential career pathways. Ongoing guidance from academic career advisors and supervisors throughout your education and training pathway is recommended.

Note: Entrepreneurial skills are frequently incorporated in different Career Pathways programs to help students prepare to launch and contribute to successful enterprises of all types.

*Salary information source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics. The final education and wage rate is the decision of the hiring employer.