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.
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.
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