Return on Investment


Polk State College prides itself on being Polk County’s most affordable, accessible choice for higher education.  Polk State College is defined by its industry partnerships, its ability to quickly respond to local workforce needs, and most of all, its commitment to student success.

Your investment in a Polk State College education is an investment in your future and one that should not be taken lightly. As you consider your options for higher education, please consider the following return on investment figures for Polk State College’s Early Childhood Education programs.

How much can I make per year?

Childcare Workers  – Median $22,290*
Preschool Teachers with an AS degree $28,120*
Beginning K-3 Teachers with a BS degree $41,572**
Preschool and Child Care Center Directors $48,210*

  1. Please note that potential salaries within Early Childhood professions vary depending on job, education, and experience levelsPolk State College does not guarantee employment for anyone completing a program nor any specific compensation or benefits if employed.
    *2017 annual median wage data, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
    **Polk County Public Schools, 2019-22 Collective Bargaining Agreement

How much will it cost?

~Please note that this figure does not include the cost of an associate’s degree which is a requirement for admission to the bachelor’s degree program.