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Become A Toddler Teacher

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Working As A Toddler 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 Toddler Teacher Do

A Toddler Teacher works with small children and helps them acquire basic skills and knowledge. They are also responsible for maintaining progress charts of pupils.

How To Become A Toddler 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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18,851 Toddler Teacher jobs

Learning Care Group
Gold River, CA
Toddler Teacher *

$31,720 Estimated

Puentes Language Programs
Boise, ID
Toddler Teacher

$28,570 Estimated

Learning Care Group
Canyondam, CA
Toddler Teacher *

$31,720 Estimated

Artisan Childcare Center
Woburn, MA
Toddler Teacher

$31,580 Estimated

Artisan Childcare Center
Newton, MA
Toddler Teacher

$31,580 Estimated

Encinitas Country Day School
Encinitas, CA
Montessori Toddler Teacher

$31,720 Estimated

Encinitas Country Day School
Oceanside, CA
Montessori Toddler Teacher

$31,720 Estimated

Magical Beginnings Inc.
Middleton, MA
Toddler Teacher

$31,580 Estimated

Neighborhood House
Portland, OR
Toddler Teacher

$28,570 Estimated

Bright Horizons
Boston, MA
Toddler Teacher

$31,580 Estimated

Bright Horizons
Waltham, MA
Teacher, Toddler

$31,580 Estimated

U-GRO Learning Centres
Mechanicsburg, PA
Toddler Teacher

$28,570 Estimated

JCC Association
Irvine, CA
Toddler Teacher

$31,720 Estimated

Learning Care Group
Windsor, CA
Toddler Teacher *

$31,720 Estimated

Primrose School of Willow Glen
San Jose, CA
Toddler Teacher

$31,720 Estimated

Magical Beginnings Inc.
Essex, MA
Toddler Teacher

$31,580 Estimated

Providence Health & Services
Mount Angel, OR
Toddler Teacher

$28,570 Estimated

Kangaroo Korner
Forest Park, IL
Toddler Teacher

$28,570 Estimated

Little Beginnings Learning Center
Hastings, MN
Toddler Teacher

$28,570 Estimated

Montessori Community School
Salt Lake City, UT
Toddler Teacher

$28,570 Estimated

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Real Toddler Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
School AGE Teacher Academy Child Development Center Rockville, MD May 09, 2014 $45,413
School AGE Teacher Academy Child Development Center Rockville, MD Dec 14, 2013 $45,413
School AGE Teacher Academy Child Development Center, Inc. North Potomac, MD Oct 10, 2011 $45,413
School AGE Teacher Academy Child Development Center Gaithersburg, MD Nov 09, 2012 $45,413
School AGE Teacher Academy Child Development Center, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Nov 09, 2011 $45,413
School AGE Teacher Academy Child Development Center Gaithersburg, MD Oct 01, 2011 $45,413
Head Toddler Teacher Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center Boston, MA Oct 01, 2013 $40,750
Head Toddler Teacher Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center Boston, MA Oct 01, 2012 $40,750
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Top Skills for A Toddler Teacher

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Top Toddler Teacher Skills

  1. Weekly Lesson Plans
  2. Classroom Environment
  3. Appropriate Curriculum
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Communicate with parents through daily sheets, weekly lesson plans, and monthly newsletters.
  • Ensured that the health and safety of children was maintained at all times, both inside and outside the classroom environment.
  • Work alongside director to plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum for children ages 2-5 years old.
  • Operate the classroom in compliance with all child care licensing standards, and Kinder Care Employee and Policy Handbooks.
  • Work in the Toddler room depending on number of children on a regular basis.

Top Toddler Teacher Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Toddler Teacher

  1. Kindercare Learning Center
  2. Infant
  3. Bright Horizons
  4. Bright Horizons Family Solutions
  5. YMCA
  6. ABC
  7. La Petite Academy
  8. Kidz Kampus Inc.
  9. Knowledge Beginnings
  10. Knowledge Universe
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