Preschool teacher

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How to become a Preschool Teacher

You can become a preschool teacher in four steps:

  1. Earn an associates or bachelor's degree in early childhood education.
  2. Get classroom skills and experience after earning an associate's or bachelor's degree by participating in internships as assistant teachers.
  3. Get a license in order to get a job in public schools. They have to satisfy the requirements for licensure for the state where they want to work.
  4. Acquire a child development associate certification (CDA) issued by Council for Professional Recognition.

What skills help Preschool Teachers find jobs?

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Preschool Experience
  • Teaching Experience
  • Classroom Experience
  • Toddler Care
  • Infant Care
  • Experience with Children
  • Daycare
  • Classroom Management
  • Lesson Planning
  • Child Protective Services
  • Organizational Skills

Career progression for Preschool Teacher

Education levels for Preschool Teachers

0%1%28%34%37%Doctoral DegreeMaster's DegreeBachelor's DegreeAssociate's DegreeHigh School Diploma or GED

Based on the requirements of Preschool Teacher job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

Expected salary by experience

0-44-88-1212-1616-2020-24Years of experience24k25k26k27k28kAnnual salary in USD

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Preschool Teacher in the United States within the last three years.

Common qualifications for Preschool Teachers

  • Child Development Associate Certification
  • First Aid Certification
  • CPR Certification
  • Infant & Toddler Certification
  • SIDS Certification
  • Montessori Certification
  • Teaching Certification
  • Food Handler Certification
  • Driver's License
  • Childcare Certification
  • Fire Safety Certification
  • Professional Educator License
Frequently asked questions
Common questions about career advices for a Preschool Teacher

How long does it take to get a Child Development Associate (CDA) certification?

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.

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What advancement opportunities exist for preschool teachers?

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.

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What skills do you need to be a preschool teacher?

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.

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