WHAT DO PRESCHOOL TEACHERS DO?
Not every job has nap time and snacks built into the day. But it's a part of a preschool teacher's day. Preschool teachers take care of and teach children typically between the ages of 3 and 5, who have not yet gone into kindergarten. Preschool teachers work in preschool settings to provide structure and educational play for kids to get them ready for kindergarten and teach them to play and interact with kids their own age.
Preschool teachers will incorporate lessons through songs, teaching child development basics such as speech and language, identifying colors, numbers, shapes and letters, fine and gross motor skills, and social skills. They then track children's progress and record and report that information to parents.
Preschool teachers take care of young children to make sure they have fun, learn, rest and play.
HOW MUCH DO PRESCHOOL TEACHERS MAKE?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median income for preschool teachers in 2010 was $12.35 an hour, or $25,700 annually.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
Education depends on the type of teaching you do and the state you work in. Many programs require a high school diploma with early childhood education certification either as a Child Development Associate (CDA) or a Child Care Professional (CCP). Starting in 2013, at least 50% of Head Start teachers will need bachelor's degrees in childhood education or similar.
Many states also require preschool teachers to be licensed, which includes immunization records, background checks and training.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Patience: Young children can be loud, emotional and irrational. Preschool teachers must be patient with young kids who have a tough time expressing themselves or need lots of help learning skills.
- Communication Skills: Good writing and speaking skills will help preschool teachers record and deliver children's progress to parents and other teachers.
- Creativity: Keeping young kids' attention requires creativity. Preschool teachers need to think of new and innovative ways to engage children to learn.
- Instructional Skills: Being able to communicate difficult concepts to kids in a way they understand is crucial.
- People Skills: Preschool teachers will have to be empathetic to children's emotions and parent's needs.
CAREER PATHS FOR PRESCHOOL TEACHERS
THE FUTURE OF PRESCHOOL TEACHERS
Preschool teacher jobs will grow faster than average between 2010 and 2020, according to the BLS.