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Become A Head Teacher

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Working As A Head Teacher

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • $40,687

    Average Salary

What Does A Head Teacher Do At Win (Women In Need)

* Participate in planning and implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum which will encompass the social/emotional, physical and intellectual needs of the children and which reflects philosophy/goals of the program
* Create an environment in which school age children will receive daily assistance (tutoring and coaching) in completing homework assignments
* Supervise and work closely with Assistant Teachers; providing coaching, training and development, as needed.
* Attend program and agency staff meetings, child treatment reviews, case conferences and supervisory sessions
* Assist in the creation and implementation of the summer program reflecting the needs of all age groups
* Conduct an age-appropriate developmental assessment as soon as each child settles in the shelter
* Develop knowledge of and monitor each child’s needs and abilities in order to identify any early childhood impairments, developmental delays and other needs and make referrals to ensure that each child is receiving the appropriate therapeutic early intervention services
* Ensure a safe, healthy, culturally diverse and attractive classroom environment
* Communicate regularly with parents about the needs of their children and parental concerns and engage them in classroom activities
* Conduct parenting workings for the heads of household residing at the shelter to cover such topics as child development; positive reinforcement of behaviors; setting limits; reflective listening; and problem solving
* Provide continuous feedback to the AVP of Transitional Housing, Director of Children’s Services, Program Director, and Counselors/Job Preparation Specialists to ensure that the program meets children’s needs
* Actively participate as a member of the shelter’s multi-disciplinary team to ensure that all child care programs and child development plans are effectively coordinated
* Prepare and maintain current attendance and individual health records on children’s progress, personnel records, and other record keeping, as required
* Establish advocacy network with community resources
* Prepare all reports as required by the program, agency or funding agency, as needed, in an accurate timely manner
* Other special projects and responsibilities, as needed

What Does A Head Teacher Do At Leake and Watts Services

* Ensures that each student has a current IEP, with goals and objectives specific to his/her developmental needs
* Assists teaching staff with individualizing the learning activities for each student in the classroom
* Assists teaching staff with the organization of the classroom environment that is conducive to learning
* Serves as a role model for classroom staff (e.g. co-teach or lead classroom activities)
* Attend school district meetings on behalf of prospective students, new students and continuing students
* Reviews clinical packets completed for multidisciplinary evaluations
* Attends relevant conferences, workshops and in-service trainings
* Participates in interdisciplinary team meetings
* Assists classroom staff in ordering appropriate supplies & equipment
* Plans field trips and special events, in conjunction with the classroom teaching staff
* Additional duties as assigned by the Program Director
* Full-time, 12-month calendar, flexible schedule
* NYS Early Childhood Certification (Birth Grade 2)
* Baccalaureate degree in early childhood education (or related field of study)
* At least two years of experience as a group teacher in a program for children under six years of age
* Job ID: 2016

What Does A Head Teacher Do At Zeta Charter Schools, Inc.

Building a classroom culture in which students love learning Planning, preparing, and delivering excellent instruction to all students in the class according to their educational needs Teaching students through an inquiry-based, rigorous curriculum that inspires intellectual curiosity and enables all students to thrive Developing strong relationships with parents and students to create investment in school culture and academics Driving academic outcomes by analyzing data, studying student work, and implementing high-leverage instructional moves to ensure dramatic gains for all students Holding yourself accountable for excellent student outcomes Bringing a passion for innovation and optimizing technology in the classroom Assessing, recording, and reporting on student progress, achievement, and behavior Training with colleagues and school leaders to receive targeted, in-the-moment feedback on instruction, as well as unparalleled support and professional development

What Does A Head Teacher Do At Educational Alliance, Inc.

* Ensure safety and security of children
* Lead daily camp activities
* Manage classroom transitions and routines
* Work as part of a team with two assistant
* teachers
* Communicate with parents and caregivers
* Set up and clean up classroom
* Change diapers
* Attend brief weekly staff meetings
* Attend one orientation before camp begins

What Does A Head Teacher Do At Bright Children Montessori Academy

* Responsible for record keeping, lesson planning, and parent conferences.
* Maintain classroom supervision while following the class schedule Provide leadership to teacher's assistant through modeling, class meetings and direct instruction Direct and assist with meal and snack preparation as well as modeling table manners Playground supervision including interactive organized games Maintain a clean, orderly classroom and center

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How To Become A Head 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.


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.


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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18,096 Head Teacher jobs

Fedcap Rehabilitation Services, Inc.
New York, NY
Head Teacher

$44,899 Estimated

Child & Family Service
Ewa Beach, HI
Head Teacher-Kauai Head Start

$40,686 Estimated

Headsup! CDC
Palo Alto, CA
Head Teacher

$44,949 Estimated

Child & Family Service
Ewa Beach, HI
Head Teacher, Substitute-Kauai Head Start

$40,686 Estimated

Bright Children Montessori Academy
Long Beach, CA
Montessori Head Teacher

$35,954 Estimated

Felton Institute
Pleasant Hill, CA
Head Teacher

$42,503 Estimated

Child & Family Service
Ewa Beach, HI
Head Teacher, Substitute-KAUAI HEAD START

$40,686 Estimated

Children's Corner Learning Center
New York, NY
Pre-School Head Teacher

$44,899 Estimated

Felton Institute
Pleasant Hill, CA
Head Teacher

$42,503 Estimated

Felton Institute
San Francisco, CA
Head Teacher

$46,789 Estimated

Felton Institute
San Francisco, CA
Head Teacher

$46,789 Estimated

Children's Corner Learning Center
Tarrytown, NY
Toddler Head Teacher

$44,017 Estimated

Sunrise Child Development Center
Stamford, CT
Preschool Head Teacher

$42,766 Estimated

Groton, CT
Preschool Head Teacher

$42,766 Estimated

Acelero Learning
Milwaukee, WI
Assistant Teacher (Head Start)

$29,029 Estimated

Care-A-Lot Child Care
Rochester, NY
Head Teacher

$43,255 Estimated

City-Pro Group Inc.
New York, NY
Head Teacher -Center Based

$44,899 Estimated

LWY Educare, Inc.
Fremont, CA
Prechool Head Teacher / Teacher / TA / Admin

$42,503 Estimated

Fort Peck Tribes
Poplar, MT
Teacher (Head Start)

$40,686 Estimated

Brightside Academy
Toledo, OH
Head Start Lead Teacher

$28,570 Estimated

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Real Head Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Head Teacher, Spanish, 3Rd Grade Avenues New York LLC New York, NY Aug 24, 2016 $81,800
Head Teacher, Spanish, 3Rd Grade Avenues New York LLC New York, NY Aug 15, 2015 $81,500
Head Teacher, Math, Middle School & Upper School Avenues New York LLC New York, NY Aug 19, 2014 $81,200
Head Teacher, Pre-K, Spanish Avenues New York LLC New York, NY Jul 01, 2015 $79,000
Head Teacher, Spanish, 3Rd Grade Avenues New York LLC New York, NY Sep 23, 2015 $78,000
Head Teacher, Kindergarten-Spanish Avenues New York LLC New York, NY Aug 22, 2016 $74,000
Co-Head Teacher The Friends of Crown Heights Educational Centers I New York, NY Mar 28, 2016 $73,174
Co-Head Teacher The Friends of Crown Heights Educational Centers I New York, NY Sep 21, 2015 $73,174
Head Teacher, Grade 3, Chinese Avenues New York LLC New York, NY Jul 27, 2016 $73,160
Head Teacher, Spanish, Kindergarten Avenues New York LLC New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $73,000
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Top Skills for A Head Teacher


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Top Head Teacher Skills

  1. Creative Curriculum
  2. Weekly Lesson Plans
  3. Classroom Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Used creative curriculum to do lesson plans, observations and assessments.
  • Plan upcoming weekly lesson plans and develop a list of needed materials with the Assistant Teacher.
  • Instituted positive classroom management strategies and disciplinary programs that effectively handled challenging behaviors.
  • Maintain child care records and folders.
  • Filled in for a head teacher in a Pre-kindergarten classroom.

Top Head Teacher Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Head Teacher

  1. Kiddie Academy
  2. The Goddard School
  3. Kindercare Learning Center
  4. YMCA
  5. The Learning Experience
  6. Preschool of America
  7. Smart From The Start Daycare
  8. Super Kids Childcare & Learning Center
  9. University Child Care Center
  10. Sunny Lane Daycare
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