III. EXPLORING POSITIONS
Description: The college professor (instructor, assistant professors, associate professor, and professor) educates students interested in careers in early childhood and school-age programs. In addition to teaching a college professor may conduct research on early related childhood-related topics.
Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions: Depth of knowledge in early childhood-related topics, skills in planning and facilitating an effective learning environment, public speaking, negotiation and problem-solving, and active listening. The professor holds a developmental point of view, adheres to the principles of adult learning, understands adult learning styles, and is familiar with the early care and education system.
Employment Settings: Two- and four-year colleges and universities teaching in undergraduate and graduate programs
Qualifications: A college professor has a deep knowledge of a specific content area with skills in teaching and communication.
Preparation: College professors are typically required to have an advanced degree usually a Ph.D. or Ed.D. Coursework preparation may be in child development, early childhood education, childhood education, research methodology, and statistics.
Opportunity for Advancement: College professors can advance to administrative positions in colleges and universities.
Serving Children Directly – Program Administrator
Providing Information Goods and Services – Researcher, training specialist