How to Get a Job as a Preschool Teacher
A preschool teacher’s best weapon is a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. Not only will it ensure more job opportunities, but it also qualifies that person to teach grades kindergarten through third, and opens the road to a higher salary. However, a bachelor’s degree isn’t necessary for all preschool teaching positions. Ideal candidates for preschool teacher jobs display exemplary communication skills with both young children and their parents. They must also be nurturing, since preschoolers need more affection and encouragement than older students. Prior experience working with young kids is required, and extensive experience will set applicants apart from the pool of candidates.
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What is the Job Like?
In a child care center environment, the days are longer than the average school day, and the work continues through summer and winter breaks. In public schools, preschool instructors usually have a two-month summer break to look forward to each year. Preschool teachers in schools and Head Start programs are likely to enjoy workday breaks and work six-hour days. Teachers must be able to anticipate the actions and conflicts among children ages 3 to 5. Classroom instructors are more physically engaged than elementary or middle school teachers, yet must still write lesson plans and manage the expectations and concerns of parents. A new teacher can expect to go home tired at the end of a workday.
But the job also offers substantial rewards. Laughing and playing with the children can be fun, and watching their social and educational development is exhilarating. Since younger children tend to have simpler tastes and conflicts, it can be easier to entertain them and resolve scrapes they might have with other children.
Last updated by Evan Taylor.