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Working As A Preschool Teacher

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • $33,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Preschool 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 Preschool 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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Preschool Teacher Career Paths

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Principal
11 Yearsyrs
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Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
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Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Nanny Lead Teacher
Lead Pre-K Teacher
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Director
Founder And Director
6 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Instructor Adjunct Professor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Assistant Director
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
Instructional Assistant Teacher Education Consultant
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Mental Health Worker Residential Supervisor
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Consultant Office Manager House Manager
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Tutor Adjunct Professor Assistant Principal
Curriculum Director
8 Yearsyrs
Student Teacher Special Education Teacher Education Consultant
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
Student Teacher Preschool Lead Teacher
Child Care Director
5 Yearsyrs
Student Teacher Special Education Teacher Early Childhood Special Educator
Early Childhood Specialist
5 Yearsyrs
Kindergarten Teacher Preschool Lead Teacher Center Director
Early Childhood Services Director
8 Yearsyrs
Coordinator Social Worker Clinical Social Worker
Family Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Educational Programs Coordinator Education Program Manager
Assistant Education Director
6 Yearsyrs
Infant Teacher Preschool Lead Teacher Center Director
Early Head Start Director
7 Yearsyrs
Infant Teacher Lead Toddler Teacher Child Care Director
Child Care Center Director
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Head Teacher 3.4 years
Preschool Teacher 3.0 years
Lead Teacher 2.8 years
Pre-K Teacher 2.7 years
Teacher Associate 2.4 years
Nursery Teacher 2.1 years
Day Care Teacher 2.0 years
Preschool Aide 2.0 years
Toddler Teacher 1.8 years
Infant Teacher 1.7 years
Co-Teacher 1.7 years
Floater Teacher 1.3 years
Top Careers Before Preschool Teacher
Cashier 11.5%
Teacher 11.1%
Internship 4.7%
Nanny 4.6%
Volunteer 3.6%
Server 3.5%
Top Careers After Preschool Teacher
Teacher 13.3%
Nanny 6.7%
Cashier 6.7%
Internship 3.5%
Server 3.1%
Director 3.0%
Volunteer 2.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$33,000
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$16,000
Min 10%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
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$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
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$65,000
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Best Paying Company
Paulding County High School
Highest Paying City
New York, NY
Highest Paying State
New York
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does a Preschool Teacher make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Preschool Teacher in the United States is $33,076 per year or $16 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $16,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $65,000.

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Real Preschool Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Preschool Teacher Baltimore City Public Schools May 28, 2016 $78,415
Preschool Teacher Wyspa Dzieci Learning Center Jan 31, 2015 $62,610
Preschool Teacher Rainbow School Mar 28, 2016 $61,734
Preschool Teacher Kissena Cherry Daycare Inc. Jul 01, 2015 $61,734
Preschool Teacher Rainbow School May 29, 2015 $61,734
Mandarin Immersion Preschool Teacher Presidio Knolls School, Inc. Sep 09, 2016 $60,564
Mandarin Immersion Preschool Teacher Presidio Knolls School Dec 08, 2016 $57,624
Preschool Teacher Montessori Family School of Manhattan Aug 30, 2016 $53,000
Preschool Teacher The Maria Montessori School Sep 01, 2015 $52,175
Preschool Teacher Christ Church United Methodist Sep 15, 2016 $46,732
Preschool Teacher Dallas Services Jan 19, 2016 $43,000
Preschool Teacher Lubavitch of Cambridge Inc. Sep 30, 2016 $41,740
Preschool Teacher Alta Plaza Preschool Inc. Jan 15, 2016 $41,740
Preschool Teacher Children's Hut LLC Aug 19, 2016 $41,740
Preschool Teacher Riverside Assembly of God, Inc. Jan 27, 2016 $36,296
Preschool Teacher Hall & Associates, LLC Sep 12, 2015 $36,000
Preschool Teacher Nihonmachi Little Friends Sep 20, 2015 $36,000
Preschool Teacher Cambridgeport Children's Center Inc. Feb 01, 2015 $35,700
Spanish Immersion Preschool Teacher Pine Village Preschool Inc. Jul 15, 2015 $35,500 -
$38,000
Chinese Language Preschool Teacher/Behavior Specialist Sleepy Tigers Chinese Immersion Learning Center, Inc. Sep 01, 2015 $35,000
Spanish Preschool Teacher Su Escuela Language Academy LLC Aug 20, 2016 $35,000 -
$40,000
Preschool Assistant Teacher Park View Montessori School III Sep 13, 2016 $31,305
Spanish Preschool Teacher Su Escuela Language Academy LLC Nov 16, 2016 $31,000 -
$35,000
Preschool Teacher Carousel School Sep 04, 2015 $30,826
Preschool Teacher Wyspa Dzieci Learning Center Mar 10, 2016 $30,742
Preschool Teacher West Town Daycare Aug 17, 2016 $30,640
Preschool Teacher Coordinator Integral Education Inc. Aug 03, 2016 $30,618
Bilingual Preschool Teacher Leaders In Education Inc. Jul 16, 2016 $30,572
Preschool Teacher Goldies 1, LLC Aug 19, 2015 $30,449

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Top Skills for A Preschool Teacher

  1. Lesson Plans
  2. Appropriate Curriculum
  3. Classroom Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Create and implement preschool lesson plans Maintain safe and healthy learning environment Conduct parent consultations
  • Supervised children while providing developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • Developed classroom management skills with an emphasis on positive discipline that encouraged student responsibility, problem solving skills and child accountability.
  • Attended a child care education workshop regarding child development and behavior management.
  • Assisted in implementing an educational curriculum for 2-3 year old children in an outdoor-based learning environment.

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Top 10 Best States for Preschool Teachers

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Preschool Teacher Demographics

Gender

Female

87.8%

Male

8.9%

Unknown

3.3%
Ethnicity

White

64.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.2%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.7%

French

8.1%

German

2.9%

Italian

2.6%

Japanese

2.5%

Portuguese

2.3%

Arabic

2.3%

Mandarin

2.2%

Chinese

1.9%

Russian

1.6%

Korean

1.3%

Cantonese

1.2%

Hebrew

1.2%

Tagalog

1.1%

Hindi

1.0%

Filipino

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Urdu

0.6%

Greek

0.6%

Romanian

0.4%
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Preschool Teacher Education

Schools

Ashford University

13.0%

Grand Canyon University

8.8%

Liberty University

7.4%

Kaplan University

7.0%

Ohio State University

6.0%

Arizona State University

4.8%

Montclair State University

4.5%

Rasmussen College

4.2%

Kent State University

4.0%

University of Central Florida

3.9%

Brigham Young University

3.9%

Walden University

3.8%

Florida State University

3.8%

University of North Texas

3.7%

Kean University

3.7%

Illinois State University

3.6%

National University

3.5%

Southern Connecticut State University

3.5%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.5%

Lesley University

3.5%
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Majors

Early Childhood Education

20.9%

Elementary Education

11.8%

Human Development

10.2%

Psychology

8.7%

Education

7.2%

Business

6.1%

Nursing

4.0%

Special Education

3.3%

Liberal Arts

3.1%

Medical Assisting Services

3.0%

General Studies

2.8%

Health Care Administration

2.8%

Criminal Justice

2.5%

Social Work

2.3%

English

2.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.1%

Human Services

2.1%

Sociology

1.9%

Counseling Psychology

1.7%

Communication

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.3%

Associate

20.4%

High School Diploma

16.3%

Masters

11.7%

Certificate

6.6%

Diploma

2.8%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.3%
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