I have honestly found that the more I educate myself the more I am able to offer my students. The more growth I see in my students. This comes from consistently working towards bettering myself. Where I live it is not a requirement for me to have a degree to be a preschool teacher. However, I know that the more educated I am, the better I am equipped to educate my students.
Therefore, it was important to me to get my master’s degree, I knew I was not just helping myself but also, my family, my friends, my business, my preschoolers and their families. Educating one’s self is not just for that person receiving the education but also for the betterment of the community as a whole.
It also stands out to parents looking for a program. Do they pick the program with the owner/teacher/director with the High school diploma and a few training hours under her belt or the one with the college degrees?
In many places it is not necessary to hold a degree to work in the ECE profession, I certainly didn’t have a degree when I started! My point is not that you can’t do the job without a degree, I’m saying you become a better version of your self when you chose to continue your education. It does not have to be a college degree! Go to training's, get a certificate, READ everything you can get your hands on! Education comes in many different forms.
Invest in yourself! It’s always been a suggestion that teachers need to dedicate time for themselves, to avoid burnout. Treat yourself to a pedicure and take a book with you! Relax time and education in one!
I hope you put some time into your continued education. Feel free to share in the comments what you do for continued education!
Current Doctoral Student.Masters in Early Childhood Studies and Bachelors in Child Development. 15 years in the ECE profession.