Career Pathways

Career Pathways offer new ways to achieve your education goals. Instead of studying just one program, the Career Pathways model links related academic programs in a sequence. Each program offers direct job preparation AND a path to the next higher academic program.

Child Care

This program provides training in planning and implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum for specific age levels, using positive guidance techniques to manage an early childhood classroom, providing for the health, safety and physical needs of the children, and working with parents to provide a link between the Center and the home.

Technical Diploma

A diploma is a set of course taken from an already approved degree that provides you with a set of specific skills to prepare you for a job in demand by local employers. All credits earned in the diploma can be applied to the degree.

Investment = Education

Child Care Services 33 Credits

How fast can I complete this AFTER finishing a short-term diploma?

  • 6 semesters = 6 credits/semester
  • 3 semesters = 11 credits/semester
  • 2 semesters = 17 credits/semester

Return = Job

Job Title Example Median Salary*
Childcare Worker $17,056

Associate Degree

A two-year, post-high school program with specific course requirements.

Investment = Education

Early Childhood Education 69 Credits

How fast can I complete this AFTER finishing the technical diploma?

  • 6 semesters = 6 credits/semester
  • 3 semesters = 12 credits/semester
  • 2 semesters = 18 credits/semester

Return = Job

Job Title Example Median Salary*
Preschool Teacher $23,712

*Source: EMSI based on annual salary.