Preschool Teacher

Average Preschool Teacher Salary Nationwide


Overview and Basic Information


From teaching children how to tie their shoes to introducing them to the alphabet, preschool teachers play a leading role in the development of a child. Exciting doesn’t even begin to describe the job of a preschool teacher, as children are full of surprises. The best preschool teachers show extreme patience and have a knack for creativity! If you can read this, you can probably thank preschool teacher for getting you started!

Example preschool teacher job description

Our school is seeking a high-energy, motivated and creative individual to fill the open preschool teacher role. Preschool teachers are responsible for providing foundational educational knowledge to children 3-4 years of age. The ideal person for the position will have formal training in early education and thrive while working with young children. If you are a person who gets excited about glitter, glue and the ABCs, we invite you to apply!

Typical duties include:

  • Develop creative and engaging lesson plans for full-time and part-time preschool programs

  • Create and maintain a safe and welcoming learning environment 

  • Use storytelling, song, creative play, media and art to teach foundational knowledge

  • Demonstrate and teach age-appropriate social skills and interactions

  • Identify teachable moments and instruct children during creative play

  • Monitor children's progress and communicate it to parents throughout the year

  • Develop and manage a schedule that works to teach students appropriate eating, self-care and social habits

  • Communicate educational expectations with parents

  • Collaborate with other educators to provide an exemplary school experience


  • Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field

  • Previous experience working with children 2-4 years of age

  • Demonstrated understanding of education requirements and expectations

  • Communication skills

  • Teaching skills

  • Advanced problem-solving skills

  • Ability to work well on a team

  • Demonstrated creativity

  • CPR and First Aid Certification

  • Ability to pass a state and federal background check 

Preferred qualifications:

  • 2+ years of previous teaching experience

Common questions about preschool teacher jobs

How much does a preschool teacher make?

Preschool teachers can be employed by public or private schools and earn a median salary of $14.82/hour.

What are the education requirements?

All preschool teachers are required to have a high school diploma and most schools require teachers to hold a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Some, however, allow an Associate’s degree with qualifying experience.

Career paths for preschool teachers

There are many job opportunities for preschool teachers at public schools, daycare centers and private institutions such as Head Start. Preschool teachers enjoy long careers in their profession. Some teachers might advance to teach at elementary schools and high schools or become professors of early childhood education courses at local colleges and universities. 

The future of preschool teachers

Employment for preschool teachers isn’t slowing down any time soon. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for preschool teachers are expected to grow by 7% over the next ten years, which is faster than the average job.

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