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Working As A Lead Teacher

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • $37,050

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead 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 Lead 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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Average Length of Employment
Head Teacher 3.3 years
Lead Teacher 3.0 years
Head Start Teacher 3.0 years
Preschool Teacher 2.7 years
Pre-K Teacher 2.6 years
Lead Pre-K Teacher 2.6 years
Teacher Associate 2.4 years
Child Care Teacher 2.3 years
Day Care Teacher 2.1 years
Toddler Teacher 1.8 years
Infant Teacher 1.6 years
Top Careers Before Lead Teacher
Teacher 15.7%
Cashier 8.1%
Internship 5.4%
Volunteer 3.2%
Nanny 3.2%
Teller 2.2%
Tutor 2.2%
Top Careers After Lead Teacher
Teacher 19.3%
Director 5.5%
Nanny 4.8%
Cashier 3.7%
Internship 3.5%
Volunteer 2.4%

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Lead Teacher Demographics

Gender

Female

87.9%

Male

10.0%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

63.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.6%

Black or African American

12.6%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.9%

French

8.0%

German

3.1%

Italian

3.0%

Chinese

2.8%

Mandarin

2.5%

Portuguese

2.3%

Hindi

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Japanese

1.9%

Korean

1.9%

Russian

1.8%

Cantonese

1.2%

Urdu

1.2%

Hmong

1.2%

Greek

0.8%

Tagalog

0.7%

Hebrew

0.6%

Vietnamese

0.5%

Swedish

0.4%
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Lead Teacher Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.9%

Ashford University

13.7%

Grand Canyon University

11.5%

Liberty University

10.0%

Walden University

5.9%

Kaplan University

5.1%

Capella University

4.6%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.5%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.2%

Virginia Commonwealth University

2.7%

Strayer University

2.6%

Ball State University

2.5%

Rasmussen College

2.4%

George Mason University

2.4%

Towson University

2.4%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.4%

Western Michigan University

2.3%

Illinois State University

2.3%

East Carolina University

2.2%

Old Dominion University

2.2%
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Majors

Early Childhood Education

19.9%

Elementary Education

11.4%

Education

9.6%

Human Development

8.5%

Psychology

7.9%

Business

7.3%

Special Education

5.1%

Educational Leadership

3.5%

Social Work

2.8%

Human Services

2.4%

Criminal Justice

2.4%

English

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Nursing

2.2%

Health Care Administration

2.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.2%

General Studies

2.1%

Medical Assisting Services

2.0%

Sociology

2.0%

Communication

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.1%

Other

22.7%

Masters

20.6%

Associate

13.3%

Certificate

4.5%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.4%
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Real Lead Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Teacher Youthbuild Charter School of California Fresno, CA Jul 23, 2015 $84,990
Lead Teacher, K Aspire Public Schools Huntington Park, CA Dec 22, 2016 $81,614
Lead Teacher, K Aspire Public Schools Huntington Park, CA Jan 09, 2016 $81,614
Lead Teacher Youthbuild Charter School of California Palmdale, CA Jul 23, 2015 $76,440
Chinese Lead Teacher China Institute In America New York, NY Sep 10, 2015 $73,045 -
$93,915
Chinese Lead Teacher China Institute In America New York, NY Aug 27, 2015 $73,045 -
$93,915
Spanish Lead Teacher (Instructional Coordinator) Carolina International School Concord, NC Jan 27, 2016 $73,000 -
$83,000
Lead Teacher, Music In Schools Initiative Yale University New Haven, CT Dec 02, 2016 $70,554
Lead Teacher Columbia University New York, NY Jul 01, 2015 $69,927
Spanish Lead Teacher (Grades) Dc Bilingual Public Charter School Washington, DC Oct 14, 2016 $67,790 -
$95,000
Lower Elementary Lead Teacher Waterfront Montessori, LLC Jersey City, NJ Jul 27, 2015 $67,000
Lead Teacher Citizens of The World Charter School--Mar Vista Los Angeles, CA Mar 08, 2016 $63,518
Lead Teacher(Coordinator 2) Yale University New Haven, CT Jul 01, 2015 $61,500
Mandarin Lead Teacher Presidio Knolls School, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 06, 2015 $60,000
Lead Teacher The Summit Montessori School, Inc. Framingham, MA Aug 24, 2015 $54,300 -
$75,600
Mandarin Lead Teacher Presidio Knolls School, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 06, 2015 $53,744
Lead Teacher Palm Tree School Fairfax, VA Jun 07, 2016 $53,400
Mandarin Lead Teacher Presidio Knolls School, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 17, 2016 $52,374
Mandarin Lead Teacher Presidio Knolls School, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 27, 2016 $52,345
Primary School Lead Teacher The Magellan School Austin, TX Aug 21, 2015 $50,896
Mandarin Lead Teacher Presidio Knolls School, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 06, 2015 $50,850
Pre-School Lead Teacher Kovago Developmental Foundation Inc. Ashland, MA Jul 24, 2015 $42,162
Pre-School Lead Teacher Kovago Developmental Foundation Inc. Ashland, MA Mar 28, 2016 $42,162
Primary Lead Teacher Shivsiddhi, Inc. Albuquerque, NM Sep 01, 2015 $42,020
Lead Teacher St. Louis Language Immersion Schools, Inc. Saint Louis, MO Jan 08, 2016 $42,000
Lead Teacher First Adventures/Judaic Curriculum Development Chabad of Gramercy Park New York, NY Dec 19, 2016 $41,740
English Lead Teacher Family First Enterprises, LLC East Point, GA Sep 20, 2016 $41,290
Lead Teacher St. Louis Language Immersion Schools, Inc. Saint Louis, MO Jan 07, 2016 $41,200

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Top Skills for A Lead Teacher

  1. Lesson Plans
  2. Classroom Management
  3. Appropriate Curriculum
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  • Prepared interesting lesson plans, scheduled daily activities, evaluated assignments and maintained disciplined classrooms.
  • Utilized classroom management skills and incorporated individualized programming for students on the Autism spectrum, with behavioral diagnosis and non-verbal students.
  • Created a faith-based age-appropriate curriculum along with the Individual/Trainer Development plans and identified training needs for implementation.
  • Implemented developmentally appropriate curriculum that was reflective of child observations and individual goals for children.
  • Prepared lesson plans, writing work sheets, art projects, outside activities for a class of children preparing for Kindergarten.

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