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Play a key role in child development with an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education

Written by Ashworth College on Tuesday, 19 June 2018. Posted in Career, Why Ashworth

Play a Key Role in Child Development with an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education

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Childcare workers hold a special role in modern society. They’re one part teacher, one part nurse, and one part psychologist. In these roles, childcare professionals play a crucial part in helping youngsters develop socially, intellectually, and physically in order to succeed in education and life as they go forward.

You can take your childcare career to the next level by earning an associate degree in early childhood development. The knowledge and skills you’ll acquire will serve you well in your chosen field, and our degree program positions you to earn the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™. Achieving CDA certification demonstrates your commitment to early childhood education and provides parents with peace of mind. Here’s how you can easily and affordably earn a degree that serves the children in your care – and your career.

Early Childhood Education: A Career of Personal Fulfillment

Imagine sitting next to a young child who just realized how to manipulate letters in order to form words with his pencil, crayon, or pen. Picture the wonder in his eyes as the lightbulb comes on for the first time inside his brain, and he grasps the magic of self-expression through the written word, even if that first word is as simple as “C-A-T.”

Early childhood educators get to share that experience with children all the time. In fact, helping young children learn to read and write is a key skill that any childcare professional should possess. As a childcare pro, you can find a great sense of personal fulfillment in your career, knowing you’re playing a fundamental role in the future success of the children in your care.

If you’re not currently working in the childcare space, now is a good time to enter. The U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics projects more than 84,000 jobs to open up in this industry over the next decade. Anyone who loves working with children but doesn’t want to spend years (and thousands of dollars) earning a teaching degree should consider launching their career with an affordable online degree in early childhood education.

What You Will Learn in Our Early Childhood Education Program

Teaching a child to read and write, or dress herself, or successfully interact with peers takes a special skill set. Our program equips you with all of the knowledge you’ll need to shepherd the development of children under the age of eight, including:

  • Current theories in early childhood development
  • Physical and psychosocial factors that influence development in young children
  • How to build partnerships with parents and other teachers
  • Guidance and discipline concepts applicable to various age groups
  • How to identify and apply the fundamental principles of education delivery

Your pursuit of education doesn’t have to end with an associate degree, either. Our accredited program provides you with the foundation for continuing your education. After earning your associate degree, you can go forward to earn your bachelor’s in early childhood education, too!

Concerned leaping right into an associate degree program might be too much to handle? You can start by earning either a child care diploma or a diploma in teacher assisting and continue from there.

Yes, You Can Fit a Degree Program into Your Busy Schedule

You might be wondering how you can possibly fit a school schedule, deadlines, and exams into your already hectic life. Well, it’s easy with our totally flexible, learn-at-your-own-pace curriculum. At Ashworth College you learn on your own terms, and that means:

  • Start whenever you want. There’s no rigid academic calendar to follow.
  • Study when it suits you. Because there are no set class times, you can log on, get assignments, and work on them whenever you want. If you’re a nightowl, study at midnight. Early bird? Do your lessons at 5:00 a.m. It’s totally up to you.
  • Take exams on your schedule. Don’t worry about needing to leave work early, fight traffic, and squeeze into a classroom to nervously sit for an exam. In our program, you can take any required tests whenever you want – in the comfort of your own home.
  • Enjoy interacting with other students – virtually. In our active online student community, you’ll find someone around at any time. Make friends, convene virtual study sessions, and get help from your peers at any time.

By the way, your tuition for the Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education covers what you need to complete the program, including texbooks, study materials, a mobile app to keep you organized, online libraries, and much more. Faculty support is always just a click away, too.

Don’t wait another minute to advance your childcare career – or to enter this fulfilling field. Learn more about the Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education at Ashworth College: Talk to an admissions advisor today!

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What Kinds of Jobs Can You Get with an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education?

Career What Kinds of Jobs Can You Get with an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education?

An online Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education is designed for aspiring educators who want to develop a career focused on teaching children age 4 and younger. Though you may have stayed at home with a sitter or guardian, or attended a loosely-programmed preschool or play group at that age, it’s now the 2010s and expectations for life pre-K now include structured education by teachers who have earned degrees specifically for this field.

Become a preschool teacher

If you have a heart for little kids and patience to boot, consider earning your online Associate Degree and preparing for a job as a preschool teacher! The main goal of preschool is for toddlers to gain language, motor, and social skills while having lots and lots of fun.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for preschool teachers is projected to increase 10% between 2016 and 2026.* That’s a faster-than-average growth projection for all occupations during the same time period. Since the typical requirement for launching a career as a preschool teacher is the completion of an Associate Degree, that leaves plenty of time to get started, graduate, and secure a position in this growing field.

Positions for preschool teachers are available through Head Start programs, private early childhood education centers, churches and faith-based schools, as well as through tutoring, nannying, and at-home childcare services.

The need for preschool teachers is projected to increase 10% between 2016 and 2026—a faster than average growth for all jobs!

Bilingual or want to be? Teach ELLs or become an au pair

As more school systems throughout the U.S. enroll first-generation citizens from non-English-speaking homes, there’s a growing need for trained teachers who can help the youngest of students learn English. Becoming a preschool teacher who works with English Language Learners (ELLs) is a unique way to apply your passion for ECE to a demographic of children who can greatly benefit from your language skills.

If private childcare and teaching is more your style—and you have a sense of adventure—use your ECE degree to become an au pair for a family outside the U.S., or nanny for a foreign family that’s recently moved to the U.S. In both situations, your training will bolster the children’s English-speaking skills and you’ll gain a world of knowledge about another culture.

Ready to learn how to play with purpose? Check out the curriculum of our Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. Or practice your ABCs and enroll today!

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Preschool Teachers, on the Internet at (visited October 31, 2018).

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Career Why Ashworth Online personal training courses for NCSF-CPT prep

Look at you! You got swole and you loved it so much you’ve decided to help others get swole. What’s your next step? Professional certification! You already look the part of a legit personal trainer and that’s excellent for marketing your skills. But it’s a professional certification that really shows your potential clients that you’re qualified to train them. In other words, it gives them permission to trust you right from the start.

Get your brain in shape in as few as four months

Don’t worry, training your brain for certification won’t take as long as training your body into the best physical shape of your life. You also don’t have to go anywhere to get it done; you can learn everything you need to know with online personal training courses at Ashworth College. Our Personal Trainer Career Diploma program can be completed in as few as four months and you can study at your own pace.

The program curriculum aligns with the standards set by the National Council on Strength and Fitness and helps prep you specifically for their Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification exam. Because of the NCSF mission to promote high levels of professional competency, ethics, and safety, their CPTs are considered highly-reputable industry wide.

Why the NCSF-CPT certification exam?

There are nearly a dozen well-known certification programs available for aspiring personal trainers. They feature a range of costs, time commitments, and reputation levels. Here are some reasons why Ashworth College chose to base our program on the NCSF-CPT exam:

  • It’s accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
  • The pass rate is about 57%. It’s not an open book test like the ISSA exam which has an 89.9% pass rate, but it is passable.
  • The NCSF requires fewer Continuing Education Units than other CPT certifications which means ongoing recertification requirements will take less time and money.*

By the way, when you enroll in the Personal Trainer Career Diploma program at Ashworth College, you’ll also have the cost of the NCSF-CPT exam, practice test, study guides, and a 1-year membership covered by tuition! Once you graduate, you’ll be ready to sit for your exam without jumping through hoops. We’ll help you get prepped and get done so you can start pursuing your passion for personal training with confidence.


How can I change careers as an established adult?

Career Why Ashworth Changing Careers to Find Success

If your job no longer excites you as much as it once did, you may need to consider changing careers. It seems like an intimidating idea at first, but no matter where you are in your work life, making a career change could be the solution that leads to a happier, more successful you.

How do you know what to change?

Before you can find success tackling something new, you have to understand what you’re leaving behind. Acknowledging that you are not happy with your current job–and figuring out why–is the first step to making a career change. Many people who are unhappy at work fall into one of these categories:

  1. Contentment with role and responsibilities, but lack of enthusiasm about industry.
  2. Enthusiasm about industry, but a desire for different responsibilities and opportunities.
  3. Lack of fulfillment with position, industry, and everything else that relates to work.

Feelings of discontent are extremely common when it comes to the working life and nearly everyone feels them to some degree at one time or another. But if you’re feeling unhappy at work more often than not, for your own health and well-being, you need to be proactive about making a change on your own terms.

Step one of finding a new path is homing in on what exactly you want to change and why. Write down your "wants" and your "don’t wants” about work. You’re not signing any dotted lines here, you’re just making notes for your own personal reference. Put everything on the table no matter how selfish or outrageous it seems because drawing hard lines between what you want and don’t want makes every step towards a new career much more likely to result in success.

If you need some guidance thinking through your feelings about your work, take this quick quiz to find out what kind of a career change might best suit your needs. You may benefit from a little tweak or you may be inspired to tackle something totally new.

How do you achieve change?

One you figure out what kind of career change will inspire you, you can start taking steps toward it. In some cases, you may just need to ask the boss for a new opportunity or project that will challenge you without taking you too far from your current role. That could require a refresh of your skills, or a few steps into a new subject area. Earning a career-specific certification can be a smart investment here. You can expand your opportunities at work by digging deeper into a creative skill, business skill, trade, or something totally new.

If you’ve determined you need to make a drastic career change, you may need to start a new degree, or finish one you didn’t complete. Don’t worry! Returning to college is not as scary as it seems. The right school can be affordable and flexible to fit into your already busy schedule.

Check out the opportunities here at Ashworth College. We provide online diploma, degree, certificate and career training programs that give you freedom and flexibility to pursue additional education on your time, from your own home, and without the need for Federal student loans. You may find yourself in that dream career a lot faster than you thought possible.

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