Preschool Teacher at a Glance

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  • 2023

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Best States for Preschool Teacher

  Employment
in 2011
Average
Annual Salary
Average
Hourly Pay
Massachusetts 2,060 $56,440 $27
Arkansas 740 $42,680 $21
Vermont 260 $45,680 $22

Becoming a Preschool Teacher

Those interested in pursuing preschool teaching careers will need to have at least a high school diploma and early childhood education certification to enter the field. Depending on the specific employer, candidates with some postsecondary training in this area may be given preference. However, if you are interested in working as a Head Start teacher, at least an associate degree is required. By 2013, standards will be raised requiring at least 50% of teachers in the Head Start program to have a bachelor's degree in early childhood education or a related field.

In addition to these educational background requirements, some states also require preschool teachers to earn certification. This may be through organizations such as the Council for Professional Recognition or National Early Childhood Program Accreditation. In public schools, teachers must be licensed by the state to teach early childhood education as well. To prepare for this career path, students may take classes such as:

  • Early Childhood Development
  • Curriculum Planning
  • Behavior Management
  • Child Health, Safety, and Nutrition

In addition to major courses, students will also need a strong foundation in composition and communication. Practicum courses will help teachers in training put the theories and concepts they have learned throughout the program into practice. Depending on the level of study you choose to complete, a range of general education classes may also be required.