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What do i have to study to work with kids?

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Dixie’s Answer

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If you want to be a effective Pediatric Nurse, you need to have a firm knowledge of Child Development. You have to love being around kids and understand that they still want to be kids and have fun....You have to be flexible and willing to adjust your care around the child. You also need to understand that you are essentially treating the entire family. Parents, siblings, extended family and friends will all be invested and will want to help or understand how to help. Try to get a well rounded Nursing education and include psychology, both child and family, and understand relationship dynamics. You will need to be aware of each aspect of their lives and things that are important to them, adjusting care accordingly.
I have worked in pediatric healthcare for 30 years and learn new things everyday. There are new challenges everyday and you must continually learn and observe interactions. As society changes, so do the concerns of each generation of kids....as well as the way they adapt and adjust their actions and feelings to navigate through life. In this day and age of dysfunction, we must continually adapt care to deal with these same stresses.
Spend time volunteering with kids, babysitting, get to know them and make sure you want to do it as a career. Have fun and good luck!

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Daniela’s Answer

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Hi Yanira,


Teaching five and six year-olds everyday requires a love for children and a dedication to imbuing each kid, across a wide spectrum of skill levels and personalities, with the essential skills of socializing, discipline, and basic learning.


Typical Requirements to Become a Kindergarten Teacher:


Minimum Education Level: Bachelor’s degree


Recommended Major Field(s): Early childhood education, elementary education, early childhood development


Licensure/Certification: State licensure is required to work in all public schools, but not necessary for private schools


Minimum Work Experience: Student teaching experience


Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education


A bachelor’s degree is the standard entry requirement to become a kindergarten teacher. A major in early childhood education or elementary education is ideal, but you may be able to get by with another major. Once you have your degree, you need to be certified to teach in public schools.


Sample Courses
A major in elementary education prepares you to teach any age group from kindergarten to eighth grade, as well as the essentials for teaching across a wide range of subjects, like math, history, science, and English. You’ll likely take a good amount of courses in psychology and early childhood development as well.


Master’s Degree in Elementary Education


A master’s degree in elementary education is an excellent choice for two kinds of people: those who already have a bachelor’s in a non-teaching field and want to transition into a new career as a kindergarten teacher, and experienced teachers looking to enhance their knowledge and career potential.


There are many master’s programs in either early childhood education or elementary education that cover both the basics and advanced areas of pedagogy, child psychology, and language development. You may have opportunities to add a focus on special education, English language-learners, reading skills, or another similar area to your advanced degree.


Looking for a Teaching Job


The number of open positions for kindergarten teachers is expected to grow at an average pace overall, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Demand varies by region, and teachers with skills in English as a Second Language (ESL) or special education have the best employment prospects.


In any case, once you are licensed and have student teaching under your belt, it is time to find your first job. The best way to get started is to visit the website for your local school district. There you will find listings for open positions at various schools and usually an online application system.


Otherwise, here are some excellent websites for finding open kindergarten teaching jobs around the country.


More information about courses in: http://www.teachingdegree.org/types-of-teachers/kindergarten-teachers/


Good Luck!

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Rachel’s Answer

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Many colleges provide incredible teaching programs. A few of the best in the nation are Johns Hopkins University, NYU, and UConn

Teaching involves a number of different skills and qualities. I would say the most important are:


  1. People skills - being friendly and working well with others. You will need to be personable, caring, kind, friendly, compassionate, and understanding. These qualities make a great teacher. But you also need to be stern and firm in your directions, rules, and discipline
  2. Public speaking - every day in your class you will need to be able to speak and present information to your students, practice speech, and practice fluency of language and talking in front of others
  3. The subject you plan to teach - become a master of the subject you plan to teach, make sure you know as much as possible and learn as much as you can about the subject you plan to teach. Take as many classes as possible in this subject and learn everything you can about it.
  4. Psychology & Human Development - start reading books and research articles on human development and psych. It will be helpful for you to know how people learn at different stages and the best ways to teach them at these stages (depending on stage of development and schema).


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