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You can become a preschool teacher in four steps:
To earn your Child Development Associate (CDA) certification, you will need to complete 120 hours of child care courses and pass the CDA exam which involves a combination of taking a test in an approved testing center and being observed while you work with children. After you complete the CDA courses and pass the exam, you will need to submit a CDA application.
There are several career paths a preschool teacher may choose to pursue career advancement, including administrative positions in child care centers such as an assistant director or director of the facility. Preschool teachers who have a bachelor's degree in early childhood education can also advance their careers by becoming a primary school teacher for kindergarten through third grade.
Preschool teachers need several hard and soft skills, but the most commonly sought after skills include strong interpersonal and communication skills, patience, reliability and organizational skills. It is also very important for preschool teachers to have the ability to identify and meet the varying needs of different children.