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Working As A Floater Teacher

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • $28,570

    Average Salary

What Does A Floater Teacher Do

Preschool teachers educate and care for children younger than age 5 who have not yet entered kindergarten. They teach reading, writing, science, and other subjects in a way that young children can understand.

Duties

Preschool teachers typically do the following:

  • Teach children basic skills such as color, shape, number, and letter recognition
  • Work with children in groups or one on one, depending on the needs of children and the subject matter
  • Plan and carry out a curriculum that targets different areas of child development, such as language, motor, and social skills
  • Organize activities so children can learn about the world, explore interests, and develop skills
  • Develop schedules and routines to ensure children have enough physical activity, rest, and playtime
  • Watch for signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bring them to the attention of the parents
  • Keep records of the students’ progress, routines, and interests, and inform parents about their child’s development

Young children learn from playing, problem solving, questioning, and experimenting. Preschool teachers use play and other instructional techniques to teach children about the world. For example, they use storytelling and rhyming games to teach language and vocabulary. They may help improve children’s social skills by having them work together to build a neighborhood in a sandbox or teach math by having children count when building with blocks.

Preschool teachers work with children from different ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds. Teachers include topics in their lessons to teach children to respect people of different backgrounds and cultures.

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How To Become A Floater Teacher

Education and training requirements vary based on settings and state regulations. They range from a high school diploma and certification to a college degree.

Education

In childcare centers, preschool teachers generally are required to have a least a high school diploma and a certification in early childhood education. However, employers may prefer to hire workers with at least some postsecondary education in early childhood education.

Preschool teachers in Head Start programs are required to have at least an associate’s degree. However, at least 50 percent of all preschool teachers in Head Start programs nationwide must have a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a related field. Those with a degree in a related field must have experience teaching preschool-age children.

In public schools, preschool teachers are generally required to have at least a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a related field. Bachelor’s degree programs teach students about children’s development, strategies to teach young children, and how to observe and document children’s progress.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some states require preschool teachers to obtain the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential offered by the Council for Professional Recognition. Obtaining the CDA credential requires coursework, experience in the field, a written exam, and observation of the candidate working with children. The CDA credential is valid for three years and requires renewal.

Some states recognize the Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) designation offered by the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation. Some of the requirements needed to obtain the CCP include that the candidate must be 18 years old, have a high school diploma, have experience in the field, take courses in early childhood education, and pass an exam. The CCP accreditation requires renewal every two years through the CCP maintenance process.

In public schools, preschool teachers must be licensed to teach early childhood education, which covers preschool through third grade. Requirements vary by state, but they generally require a bachelor’s degree and passing an exam to demonstrate competency. Most states require teachers to complete continuing education credits to maintain their license.

Other Experience

A few states require preschool teachers to have some work experience in a childcare setting. The amount of experience necessary varies by state. In these cases, preschool teachers often start out as childcare workers or teacher assistants.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Preschool teachers need good communication skills to talk to parents and colleagues about students’ progress. They need good writing and speaking skills to convey this information effectively. They must also be able to communicate well with small children.

Creativity. Preschool teachers must plan lessons that engage young students. In addition, they need to adapt their lessons to suit different learning styles.

Interpersonal skills. Preschool teachers must understand children’s emotional needs and be able to develop good relationships with parents, children, and colleagues.

Organizational skills. Teachers need to be organized to plan lessons and keep records of their students.

Patience. Working with children can be frustrating, and preschool teachers should be able to respond calmly to overwhelming and difficult situations.

Physical stamina. Working with children can be physically taxing, so preschool teachers should have a lot of energy.

Advancement

Experienced preschool teachers can advance to become the director of a preschool or childcare center or a lead teacher, who may be responsible for the instruction of several classes. Those with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education frequently are qualified to teach kindergarten through grade 3, in addition to preschool. Teaching positions at these higher grades typically pay more. For more information, see the profiles on preschool and childcare center directors and kindergarten and elementary school teachers.

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Floater Teacher Career Paths

Floater Teacher
Head Teacher Home Health Aid Front Desk Agent
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Infant Teacher Lead Toddler Teacher Lead Teacher
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Preschool Teacher Lead Teacher Office Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Toddler Teacher Preschool Teacher Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Kindergarten Teacher Site Coordinator Youth Director
Children's Ministries Director
5 Yearsyrs
Teacher Instructor Editor
Communications Director
7 Yearsyrs
Teacher Case Manager Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Head Teacher Instructor Lead Teacher
Director Of Preschool
7 Yearsyrs
In-Home Childcare Provider Pre-K Teacher
Director Of Teacher Education
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Office Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Pre-K Teacher Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director General Manager Sales Consultant
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Assistant Director Office Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Preschool Teacher Assistant Director Office Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Office Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Infant Teacher Preschool Teacher Assistant Director
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Toddler Teacher Lead Teacher Office Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Pre-K Teacher Kindergarten Teacher Assistant Director
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Kindergarten Teacher Special Education Teacher Education Director
School Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Daycare Owner 5.5 years
Teacher 3.8 years
Headstart Teacher 3.6 years
Group Teacher 3.6 years
Master Teacher 3.5 years
Head Teacher 3.3 years
Montessori Teacher 3.3 years
Head Start Teacher 3.0 years
Lead Teacher 2.7 years
Preschool Teacher 2.7 years
Pre-K Teacher 2.6 years
Teacher Associate 2.4 years
Child Care Teacher 2.3 years
Nursery Teacher 2.1 years
Day Care Teacher 2.1 years
Teacher Aide 2.0 years
Floater 1.9 years
Teacher Assistant 1.8 years
Gymnasium Teacher 1.8 years
Toddler Teacher 1.8 years
Co-Teacher 1.7 years
Infant Teacher 1.7 years
Floater Teacher 1.0 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 14.5%
Teacher 12.0%
Internship 4.3%
Server 3.1%
Nanny 3.0%
Volunteer 2.6%
Hostess 2.6%
Top Employers After
Teacher 17.1%
Lead Teacher 10.6%
Cashier 5.7%
Nanny 4.3%
Internship 3.2%
Volunteer 2.1%
Director 1.9%

Floater Teacher Demographics

Gender

Female

90.8%

Male

7.4%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

82.9%

Hispanic or Latino

9.0%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.0%

Mandarin

10.0%

Russian

7.5%

French

5.0%

Portuguese

2.5%

Chinese

2.5%

German

2.5%

Cantonese

2.5%

Japanese

2.5%

Hebrew

2.5%

Polish

2.5%

Arabic

2.5%

Italian

2.5%
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Floater Teacher Education

Schools

Wake Technical Community College

10.7%

Ashford University

9.8%

Grand Canyon University

7.4%

Southern New Hampshire University

6.6%

Middle Tennessee State University

5.7%

University of Phoenix

5.7%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.7%

Liberty University

4.9%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

4.1%

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

4.1%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

4.1%

Austin Community College

4.1%

Capella University

4.1%

Central Piedmont Community College

3.3%

Murray State University

3.3%

Saint Louis Community College

3.3%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

3.3%

University of Southern Mississippi

3.3%

City College of San Francisco

3.3%

Rasmussen College

3.3%
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Majors

Early Childhood Education

19.3%

Human Development

13.4%

Psychology

10.3%

Elementary Education

9.6%

Business

6.1%

Education

6.0%

Nursing

3.6%

Criminal Justice

3.5%

Social Work

3.3%

Medical Assisting Services

3.1%

Health Care Administration

2.9%

Sociology

2.9%

General Studies

2.5%

Human Services

2.3%

Special Education

2.2%

Cosmetology

2.0%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.7%

English

1.7%

Nursing Assistants

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

35.2%

Other

30.9%

Associate

15.7%

Masters

10.7%

Certificate

5.5%

Diploma

1.5%

License

0.5%
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Top Skills for A Floater Teacher

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Top Floater Teacher Skills

  1. Classroom Management
  2. Child Care
  3. Appropriate Lesson Plans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Teach and supervise children age 8weeks to 6yrs and assist all center faculty with activities and classroom management.
  • Provided support in all facets of child care.
  • Maintain adequate supervision of students Wrote age appropriate lesson plans Maintained safe environments
  • Worked with variety of teachers and management on age appropriate curriculums.
  • Assisted teachers in infants, toddlers, and preschool with lesson plans.

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