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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People likely to be interested in an online degree in early childhood education include licensed teachers who have a passion for education at the early stages of development and want to pursue specialized preparation in that area, or who want to teach early childhood education in a higher education institution.

Potential Employment Settings

  • After-school enrichment program
  • Childcare center
  • Head Start center
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • PreK–3 public or private school
  • Preschool or nursery school
  • Public agency
  • Summer enrichment program

Common Job Titles/Positions*†

  • Adjunct or part-time instructor
  • Early childhood services director
  • Early learning center assistant director
  • Early learning center director
  • Education coordinator
  • Facility licensor
  • Family education center assistant director
  • Family education center director
  • Head Start director
  • Parent and caregiver trainer
  • PreK–3 elementary teacher
  • Preschool director
  • Preschool lead teacher
  • Public agency coordinator

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide. Many factors determine what position an individual may attain and Capella can't guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

†Some positions require licensure and/or other designations. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

School of Education Master's Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Education Masters programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

Career growth potential 53%Promotional opportunities 48%Salary and benefits 50%

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree."
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Many of our School of Education master's degree alumni report advancing in their careers or receiving a salary increase. They also indicate they have assumed a leadership role or received a promotion.

Advanced in career or profession 26%Successfully changed careers 8%Obtained a teaching position in higher education 8%Assumed a leadership role 28%Received a promotion 13%

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.