B.P.S. in Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Special Education Focus

We are no longer accepting new applications for the Bachelor of Professional Studies program.

The Early Childhood Education field is growing faster than average in the United States due to a renewed focus on the importance of pre-school education and Head Start programs. 

Quick Facts: Preschool and Childcare Center Directors
2018 Median Pay $47,940 per year
$23.05 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Bachelor's degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation Less than 5 years
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2018 66.700
Job Outlook, 2018-28 7% (Faster than average)
Employment Change, 2018-26 4,800

Demand and Growth

Overall, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates that the field will grow by 25 percent through the end of the decade. Adding the special education component to this degree—a Maryland area of critical shortage – adds even more value to the Goucher BPS in terms of meeting state and regional education needs.

The Early Childhood education professional in today’s job market can expect a starting salary of about $25,700. Those who pursue leadership positions within daycares, pre-schools and similar environments, can expect a salary that starts considerably higher. Those professionals will typically earn about $46,890 per year on average.