To change children’s lives, you have to start with yours! The early childhood education field is full of hardworking, passionate individuals — like you — who are driven by a passion for Hoosier children, but who are often undervalued. We’re ready to change that, and we hope you are too!
Advancing Early Childhood Together
Indiana needs a skilled workforce to develop the next generation. When you continue your education, you don’t just shape children’s school readiness and social and emotional development. You also pursue a rewarding career with a range of advancement opportunities. We believe there is an attainable, affordable next step in every early childhood professional’s educational pathway – from classroom assistants to program directors.
Take the next step: How does education further your career?
Career advancement and higher compensation:
- Many options exist for early childhood professionals with advanced education, including: lead teacher, master teacher, directors, coaches and more. Many of these positions have increasing responsibility and higher compensation.
Better outcomes for children:
- Continuing your education enables you to expand your teaching skills and, in turn, help children in your care develop stronger social-emotional skills that impact their professional and academic success in life.
Pick the right path: What options are available for continuing your education?
Pursue a degree:
- Colleges and Universities across the state offer both online and in-person coursework in early childhood education. Contact information for some of those institutions can be found on the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood INDIANA website.
Explore certificates and credentials:
- High-value certificates including AIM4Excellence Director Credential and Master Teacher Certificate are also available through partnerships between Partnerships for Early Learners and T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood INDIANA.
- Child Development Associate (CDA) training is offered in both community-based trainings and formal or credit-bearing trainings:
- Community-based training is available through several organizations such as the Indiana Non-Formal CDA Project at Indiana AEYC. The Non-Formal CDA Project helps early care and education professionals complete the training and assessment to earn the CDA credential across the state of Indiana. CDA training programs are also available through partnerships between child care resource and referral agencies and local foundations and United Ways. To see what is offered in your area, contact your local child care resource and referral agency.
- Credit-bearing CDA coursework can be taken through the Early Childhood Education program at Ivy Tech Community College.
Funding your education: What resources are available?
- Teacher Education and Compensation Helps, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood INDIANA, is a unique scholarship program that links training, compensation and commitment to improve the quality of early care and educational experiences for young children and their families. T.E.A.C.H. accepts scholarship applications on a rolling basis and Professional Development Advisors are available to assist you with choosing a school that is the right fit for you.
- Partnerships for Early Learners is building collaborations with Institutions of Higher Education to fund scholarships for students and staff across the state such as a Master of Arts in Education with a Focus in Early Childhood Education from Ball State University.
- Many early childhood educators qualify for grants and tuition assistance through Federal Student Aid. Indiana’s Commission for Higher Education can also assist with navigating this process.
The hardest part of any journey is taking the first step, but you AND the children you work with are worth it! Many options and supports are available for you to continue your journey. Contact Beth Riedeman today to learn more about taking the next step in your career.
Beth Riedeman directs workforce development-related partnerships and projects, focusing on learning communities and cohorts, strengthening the pipeline of early childhood educators and promoting workforce initiatives. She’s also the mother of a young learner, a very active community member and a steadfastly supportive colleague, a skill she honed in her previous work as a program administrator.