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Preschool Teachers

Preschool Teachers
Quick Facts : Preschool Teachers*
2010 Median Pay$25,700
Entry Level EducationAssociate's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012456,800
Job Outlook25% (Faster than average)
Employment Change113,600

Preschool teachers are responsible for the education and care of young children between the ages of 3 to 5 who have not yet entered kindergarten. They introduce and familiarize them with reading, writing, science and other subjects in ways that makes sense to them.

What Preschool Teachers Do

  • Work with children in groups or one on one, depending on the needs of children and the subject matter
  • Plan and carry out a curriculum that targets different areas of child development, such as language, motor, and social skills
  • Organize activities so children can learn about the world, explore interests, and develop talents
  • Watch for signs of emotional or developmental problems
  • Keep records of the students' progress, routines, and interests

Work Environment

Preschool teachers work in public and private schools, childcare centers, and charitable organizations. Many work the traditional 10-month school year, but some work the full year.
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Job Outlook

Employment of preschool teachers is expected to grow by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020 because there has been increasing demand for preschool programs, which is expected to create demand for preschool teachers.
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The average salary of preschool teachers was $25,700 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Preschool Teachers

In childcare centers, preschool teachers generally are required to have a least a high school diploma and a certification in early childhood education. However, employers may prefer to hire workers with at least some postsecondary education in early childhood education. Head Start programs may prefer to hire workers with a bachelor's degree. Those with a degree in a related field must have experience teaching preschool-age children.
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