​​Locating available jobs within your area can sometimes be tricky. While it would be nice if you could just use one job board, the truth is you’ll need to look through many different websites to keep up on current available jobs. Here are some job boards to begin your search.

Indeed.com: Indeed is a comprehensive job board that showcase many available jobs across the country. It is not exclusive for Early Childhood Education, but it is a great place to find roles within the field. Try a variation of different keywords to find different opportunities. 

NAEYC Early Childhood Career Center: This job board is hosted by NAEYC and provides unique opportunities. While there may not be a ton of opportunities on this site, it is still a valuable resource in locating opportunities. 

National Head Start Association Job Board: This site is specific to roles within the Head Start Association. With this site, you can browse by state to find opportunities close to you within the Head Start Association. 

Alliance for Kids Job Postings: If you are located in the Colorado area, or interested in relocating to Colorado, this site is a great place for you to find ECE roles within this area. 

School Spring: This website is one of the largest education job boards. Be sure to select your location and grade level to narrow down search results. 

LinkedIn: The LinkedIn job board is not specific to the Early Childhood Education field, but it is still a great place to find roles within the field. Similar to Indeed, try a variation of different keywords and titles to find opportunities within your area. 


During your studies in Early Childhood Education, you will be exposed to many educational theories. You will also discover how to apply what you have learned to your career choice.

Either during or after your studies you will want to explore career options​—this web page can serve as a career development resource as you undertake this exploration.

Here, you'll find resources to explore career options, links to reputable professional organizations, an education-specific list of job boards, and valuable tips about resumes, cover letters, and interviewing.

​​Resources for Exploring Early Childhood Education Roles: 

When exploring careers, it’s important to understand that different geographic locations and degree levels have different opportunities and demands. It is also important to research the educational requirements for your state, so please make sure to use the Teacher Career Action Plan (TCAP) listed below as you begin your search. 

Teacher Career Action Plan (TCAP):  This plan outlines tasks to help you conduct research about the educational requirements in your state and it will ensure you are informed and strategic as you pursue your career. 

Future Educator:  Explore Ashford University's Future Educator page to learn more about the various resources provided by Ashford University to help explore careers in education. Or, take a look at every Ashford education degree.

Comparing Early Childhood Education Degrees:  Use this blog post to learn more about the different Early Childhood Education degrees and varying levels. 

The Difference Between an Associate's & Bachelor's Degree in ECE:  Understanding the different opportunities associated with an Associate's degree and a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education is an important part in the planning process. While your Associate's degree may be a good stepping stone to get you into the field, you may learn that the role you ultimately want requires a Bachelor's degree. Carefully use this resource to help determine the path you will take within your education and career. 


Professional Organizations:

Early Childhood Education Job Search Prep:

​​​Getting involved in a professional organization is a great way to connect with other professionals in your field and further your career through a variety of professional development opportunities. Professional organizations exist in nearly every profession or area of interest and many have options to join national, state, and/or regional chapters. While each organization is unique in its focus, they generally share a common goal of advancing their field by offering growth opportunities like the ones below:

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

The International Congress of Infant Studies (ICIS)

Association of Child Life Professionals

Professional​ Association of Childhood Educators

Childhood Development Association

Childhood Education International

National Head Start Association

​Council for Exceptional Children

​National Association for Family Child Care

Top 9 Tips to Nail your Early Childhood Interview

This tip sheet explores 9 ways to stand out during the interview process. 

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Successful completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree in Early Childhood Education degree by itself does not lead to licensure or certification in any state, regardless of concentration or specialization. Further, Ashford University does not guarantee that any professional organization will accept a graduate's application to sit for any exam for the purpose of professional certification. Students seeking licensure or certification in a particular profession are strongly encouraged to carefully research the requirements prior to enrollment. Requirements may vary by state. Further, a criminal record may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure, certification, or employment in this field of study.

Locating Early Childhood Education Opportunities:

A job search within the field of Early Childhood Education is exciting! As you begin to explore new opportunities, it is important that you understand how to locate and land the job. Use the resources below to prepare for the application process and for interviewing within this field. ​​

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To help prepare for the application process, there are documents that you should have ready and available. Additionally, you will want to make sure you are job search ready before beginning to apply! 

Resume: A resume is a critical part of the application process. This is how employers learn more about your experience and begin to understand how you might fulfill their current hiring needs. Your resume is often the first impression you give to recruiters, so it’s critical that a well-crafted resume is submitted. Career Services has an entire bank of resume resources dedicated to helping you.

  • To find resume templates, sample and tips, visit our Resume & Cover Letter page.
  • When completing your resume for Early Childhood Education, be sure to include any experience you have working with children (such a nanny experience or in volunteer settings).

Cover Letter: Crafting the perfect cover letter isn’t always easy, but it's an important document within the application process. Utilize the resources below to get started with your own cover letter!

Transcripts: More than likely, you’ll be asked to show proof of your degree and your transcripts will be necessary for that step. While some employers might accept an unofficial copy, others will want you to send over official copies.

  • To learn more about transcript requests, visit here.

​Professional Recommendations: Create a list of references for sharing with employers. Be sure to include the person’s name, job title, company, phone number, and email address.

  • Make sure that you have permission from your references to use them within the process before handing out their contact information.
  • ​Keep your references aware of your application/hiring process to give them a heads up if you think they might be contacted. 
  • ​Well-prepared references will usually provide more detailed recommendations, so try to give your references insight regarding the job you are applying for..

​Prepare Interview Questions: You’ll want to have questions prepared for the employer before the interview. Often, an employer will give you a chance to ask questions at the end and this is your chance to show the employer that you are truly interested in the company and the position.

  • ​Review this worksheet for preparation tips.
  • Create three questions to ask your interviewer at the end of the interview (read this article for advice on what questions you might ask).
  • Avoid salary related questions for the first interview.

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