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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 teach children the foundational early childhood skills they need to prepare them for kindergarten. Preschool teachers may use a variety of activities, games, crafts and techniques to teach both early literacy and personal development skills.