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2023 Early Childhood Education and Teaching Popularity

There are about 137,262 students enrolled in Early Childhood Education and Teaching in the USA.

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Early childhood education and teaching is the 38th most popular degree in America, with 12,806 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #39 Health Care Administration, and narrowly lost to #37 Journalism.

The degree is offered at a total of 550 colleges across the nation, and is the 36th most widely offered degree. It is only offered at 5% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America.

It is also worth noting that in the region of 2/3 of colleges offering early childhood education and teaching are public making it a quite accessible field.

The far west produces the most early childhood education and teaching graduates, largely led by California State University-Fullerton, while it’s the Big West Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, California ranks highest, with particular help from California State University-Fullerton and California State University-Sacramento.

All that being said, no individual school produces more early childhood education and teaching graduates than Jacksonville State University, which graduated 730 students last year alone. Although size is critical, another important factor to consider is the program’s density (the percent of all students that study early childhood education and teaching). More students studied early childhood education and teaching as a percentage of total students at Grays Harbor College than any other college.

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