How Do I Become a Kindergarten Teacher?

Kindergarten teachers help young children learn the basics of reading and writing, among other foundational skills. To become a kindergarten teacher, you'll need to earn a bachelor's degree in education, complete teacher training, and get licensed. Schools offering Early Childhood Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Becoming a Kindergarten Teacher Overview

Aspiring kindergarten teachers usually complete a bachelor's degree program, direct experience training and attain a license. The experience gain can enable individuals to work in various areas of education and childcare.

Important Facts About This Occupation

Key Skills Communication, creativity, patience, resourcefulness
Work Environment May have large classes and insufficient resources and be held accountable for students' scores on standardized tests. Teachers work during the school year and break during the summer months. They also may work evenings and weekends to grade papers and prepare lessons.
Similar Occupations Childcare workers, middle and high school teachers, career and technical education teachers, school and career counselors, social workers
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 8% (for kindergarten teachers, except special education)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Education

A bachelor's degree in education can prepare you for becoming a kindergarten teacher. You could earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Early Childhood Education or sometimes Elementary Education. Coursework includes the psychology of learning and foundations of education, along with courses that cover teaching methods in areas like math, English, and social studies. You'll learn how to involve a child's family and community with their education and teach in a multi-cultural classroom. Integrating technology into teaching and in selecting appropriate materials are also part of the curriculum.

Training

In addition to your bachelor's degree in education, you'll usually need to complete student-teacher training to gain hands-on experience in the classroom. The length of your teacher training will depend on the state you work in, but all states require some supervised in-classroom training for public school teachers.

Licensure

After you complete your education and training requirements, you'll need to be licensed to teach in a public school. However, licensure may not be required to teach in a private school. Specific licensure requirements vary by state, but typically require the completion of a bachelor's degree, a teacher-training program, student teaching experience, and, in most states, a competency exam. The Praxis exam is a commonly used tool to assess teachers competency in writing and reading.

Employment and Earnings Info

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, www.bls.gov), 131,160 people were employed as kindergarten teachers, except special education in May 2018. The median annual salary for kindergarten teachers, except special education in 2018 was $55,470, with the lowest 10 percent earning $35,680 or lower, and the highest 10 percent earning $86,310 or higher.

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