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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
  • $26,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Toddler 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 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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Toddler Teacher Career Paths

Toddler Teacher
Preschool Teacher Substitute Teacher Consultant
Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Nanny Lead Teacher Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Nanny Team Leader Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Preschool Teacher Substitute Teacher Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Nanny Lead Teacher Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Preschool Teacher Kindergarten Teacher Lead Teacher
Lead Pre-K Teacher
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Director
Founder And Director
6 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Executive Assistant Assistant Property Manager
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Student Teacher Preschool Lead Teacher Assistant Director
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
Student Teacher Special Education Teacher Education Consultant
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Mental Health Worker Residential Supervisor
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Counselor Clinician House Manager
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Student Teacher Adjunct Professor Assistant Principal
Curriculum Director
8 Yearsyrs
Kindergarten Teacher Special Education Teacher Education Consultant
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
Pre-K Teacher Kindergarten Teacher Preschool Lead Teacher
Child Care Director
5 Yearsyrs
Pre-K Teacher Special Education Teacher Early Childhood Special Educator
Early Childhood Specialist
5 Yearsyrs
Infant Teacher Preschool Lead Teacher Center Director
Early Childhood Services Director
8 Yearsyrs
Infant Teacher Lead Toddler 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
Lead Teacher 2.8 years
Preschool Teacher 2.7 years
Pre-K Teacher 2.7 years
Child Care Teacher 2.3 years
Nursery Teacher 2.1 years
Day Care Teacher 2.0 years
Toddler Teacher 2.0 years
Infant Teacher 1.7 years
Floater Teacher 1.3 years
Top Careers Before Toddler Teacher
Cashier 14.2%
Teacher 10.6%
Nanny 4.4%
Internship 4.3%
Volunteer 3.3%
Server 2.7%
Top Careers After Toddler Teacher
Teacher 13.1%
Cashier 7.2%
Nanny 6.6%
Internship 2.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$26,000
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$19,000
Min 10%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Bright Horizons
Highest Paying City
Boston, MA
Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
1.8 years
How much does a Toddler Teacher make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Toddler Teacher in the United States is $26,977 per year or $13 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $19,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $37,000.

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 Gaithersburg, MD Oct 01, 2011 $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, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Nov 09, 2011 $45,413
School AGE Teacher Academy Child Development Center Gaithersburg, MD Nov 09, 2012 $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

  1. Child Care
  2. Lesson Plans
  3. Appropriate Curriculum
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Operate the classroom in compliance with all child care licensing standards, and Kinder Care Employee and Policy Handbooks.
  • Plan and implement developmentally appropriate weekly lesson plans.
  • Implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum which reflects observations and assessments of individual children and goals jointly developed with parents/guardians.
  • Followed provided curriculum and assisted teachers in classroom management and support.
  • Entertain a group of toddlers on daily basis, imparting education and social skills in a friendly and engaging manner.

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Toddler Teacher Demographics

Gender

Female

80.2%

Unknown

10.7%

Male

9.1%
Ethnicity

White

65.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

72.3%

French

7.3%

German

2.2%

Portuguese

1.9%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Russian

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Japanese

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%

Chinese

1.4%

Hmong

1.1%

Italian

1.1%

Korean

0.8%

Hebrew

0.8%

Armenian

0.8%

Hindi

0.5%

Greek

0.5%

Gujarati

0.5%

Swedish

0.3%

Turkish

0.3%
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Toddler Teacher Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.5%

Ashford University

13.1%

Kaplan University

7.7%

Grand Canyon University

7.0%

Liberty University

5.7%

Cuyahoga Community College

4.5%

Rasmussen College

4.3%

Ohio State University

4.3%

Walden University

4.1%

Columbus State Community College

4.0%

University of Cincinnati

3.5%

The Academy

3.3%

University of Akron

3.3%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.2%

Metropolitan Community College

3.2%

Houston Community College

3.1%

Kent State University

3.0%

Bridgewater State University

2.8%

Ashworth College

2.7%

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

2.7%
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Majors

Early Childhood Education

21.3%

Human Development

10.0%

Elementary Education

9.0%

Psychology

8.9%

Education

6.9%

Business

6.9%

Medical Assisting Services

4.4%

Nursing

4.1%

Criminal Justice

3.4%

Special Education

3.0%

Social Work

2.8%

Health Care Administration

2.8%

General Studies

2.8%

Liberal Arts

2.7%

Human Services

2.5%

Sociology

2.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.9%

English

1.7%

Cosmetology

1.4%

Communication

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.1%

Other

28.5%

Associate

17.1%

Masters

10.4%

Certificate

5.3%

Diploma

1.9%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.3%
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