The education requirements for early childhood education positions vary widely, and some jobs are available to those who only hold a high school diploma. However, those types of positions are usually in the preschool field only. Those who want to teach kindergarten and above are required to have more schooling.
Each school requires different qualifications of a teacher. Some preschool teachers only hold a high school education, but have valuable work experience. Those teaching kindergarten or above usually hold a bachelors degree in addition to a year of student teaching experience. Some early childhood education situations may even require more education or credentials, such as the Childhood Development Associate (CDA) credential, offered by The Council for Professional Recognition.