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Working As A Teacher Associate

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • $41,150

    Average Salary

What Does A Teacher Associate 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 Teacher Associate

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
Operators Teacher 5.6 years
Certified Teacher 4.5 years
Bilingual Teacher 4.4 years
Teacher 3.8 years
Group Teacher 3.6 years
Special ED Teacher 3.6 years
Headstart Teacher 3.6 years
Master Teacher 3.5 years
Biology Teacher 3.4 years
Head Teacher 3.3 years
Montessori Teacher 3.3 years
2nd Grade Teacher 3.2 years
Teacher Advisor 3.2 years
Literature Teacher 3.1 years
Head Start Teacher 3.0 years
Language Teacher 2.9 years
Junior Teacher 2.9 years
Acting Teacher 2.8 years
Preschool Teacher 2.7 years
Lead Teacher 2.7 years
5th Grade Teacher 2.6 years
Mentor Teacher 2.6 years
Inclusion Teacher 2.6 years
Pre-K Teacher 2.6 years
Autistic Teacher 2.5 years
Lead Pre-K Teacher 2.5 years
Youth Teacher 2.4 years
4th Grade Teacher 2.4 years
Class Teacher 2.4 years
Substitute Teacher 2.3 years
1st Grade Teacher 2.3 years
Child Care Teacher 2.3 years
Teacher/Tutor 2.3 years
Kinder Teacher 2.1 years
Day Care Teacher 2.1 years
Nursery Teacher 2.1 years
Literacy Teacher 2.0 years
Teacher Aide 2.0 years
Teacher Associate 2.0 years
Gymnasium Teacher 1.8 years
Toddler Teacher 1.8 years
Teacher Assistant 1.8 years
Co-Teacher 1.7 years
Infant Teacher 1.7 years
Volunteer Teacher 1.6 years
Floater Teacher 1.3 years
Teacher Internship 0.8 years
Student Teacher 0.7 years
Top Employers Before
Teacher 11.4%
Cashier 8.2%
Internship 7.0%
Volunteer 4.2%
Tutor 3.4%
Assistant 2.4%
Nanny 2.0%
Top Employers After
Teacher 18.4%
Lead Teacher 10.8%
Internship 4.9%
Volunteer 3.3%
Cashier 3.0%
Nanny 2.8%
Director 2.7%
Associate 2.2%

Teacher Associate Demographics

Gender

Female

81.6%

Male

16.6%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

76.7%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Asian

7.7%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

71.1%

French

6.7%

Korean

2.7%

Russian

2.0%

Japanese

2.0%

Hindi

1.3%

Hmong

1.3%

Filipino

1.3%

Cantonese

1.3%

Italian

1.3%

Portuguese

1.3%

Chinese

1.3%

German

1.3%

Swedish

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Dutch

0.7%

Bosnian

0.7%

Dari

0.7%

Braille

0.7%

Occidental

0.7%
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Teacher Associate Education

Schools

Texas Southern University

12.4%

University of Phoenix

10.3%

University of Houston

7.7%

Prairie View A & M University

6.9%

Ashford University

5.8%

Grand Canyon University

5.3%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.0%

Buena Vista University

4.5%

Kirkwood Community College

4.5%

University of Northern Iowa

4.2%

Kaplan University

4.2%

Kean University

4.0%

East Los Angeles College

4.0%

Indian Hills Community College

3.7%

University of Iowa

3.4%

Des Moines Area Community College

3.4%

Iowa State University

3.4%

San Diego State University

2.6%

San Joaquin Delta College

2.4%

San Jose State University

2.4%
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Majors

Early Childhood Education

15.4%

Human Development

12.0%

Psychology

9.8%

Elementary Education

9.0%

Education

7.7%

Business

6.8%

Liberal Arts

5.2%

Special Education

4.5%

Human Services

4.0%

Social Work

3.5%

Criminal Justice

3.2%

Sociology

2.6%

Communication

2.3%

Health Care Administration

2.3%

Nursing

2.1%

School Counseling

2.0%

Medical Assisting Services

2.0%

General Studies

1.9%

English

1.9%

Counseling Psychology

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.0%

Other

21.7%

Masters

21.3%

Associate

13.6%

Certificate

3.8%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.3%
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Real Teacher Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate Teacher New Covenant Christian Middle and High School New York, NY Jan 01, 2012 $52,175
Associate Teacher New Covenant Faith & Miracle Arena Inc. New York, NY Jan 01, 2012 $52,175
Associate Teacher New Covenant Faith & Miracle Arena Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $52,175
Associate Teacher The Cathedral School of St. John The Divinen/ New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $50,817
Associate Teacher The Cathedral School of St. John The Divine New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $50,817
Associate Teacher St. Luke's School New York, NY Aug 22, 2013 $50,252
Teacher Associate III Dixon Montessori Charter School Dixon, CA Feb 09, 2011 $47,145
Teacher Associate III Dixon Montessori Charter School Dixon, CA Sep 27, 2010 $47,145
Teacher Associate III Dixon Montessori Charter School Dixon, CA Mar 14, 2011 $44,224 -
$51,653
Associate Teacher Westland School Los Angeles, CA Jul 01, 2010 $43,702
Associate Teacher The International Preschools New York, NY May 26, 2010 $41,150
Associate Teacher The Chapin School New York, NY Dec 01, 2011 $40,100
Associate Teacher The Chapin School New York, NY Jan 04, 2010 $40,100
Associate Teacher The International Preschools New York, NY May 26, 2011 $40,000
Associate Teacher Girls Preparatory Charter School of New York New York, NY Nov 10, 2010 $40,000
Associate Teacher Christ Church Day School New York, NY Sep 28, 2009 $39,949
Associate Teacher Christ Church Day School New York, NY Sep 01, 2009 $39,949

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Top Skills for A Teacher Associate

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Top Teacher Associate Skills

  1. Classroom Management
  2. Weekly Lesson Plans
  3. Appropriate Curriculum
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Attended conferences for continuing education on Classroom Management Strategies and Curriculum Instruction.
  • Develop weekly lesson plans that incorporate children's Individualized
  • Assisted in the design and implementation of a developmentally appropriate curriculum.
  • Structured classroom activities and developed Montessori style lesson plans that met child development goals and fostered creative learning.
  • Instruct preschool children in broad range of subjects with emphasis on reading.

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Teacher Associate Videos

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