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What kind groups do you work with as a child development professional?

I want to go for a child development. I want to work with little kids in pre-k thru 5th grade, but I'm not interested in working with students higher than 6th grade. Is that possible? Can you control the age range of the children you work with? #early-childhood-education #child-development #early-childhood


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Michele’s Answer

If you are interested in becoming a teacher, you do not always have control over the age group you are teaching. For example, if you go to school and graduate with a degree in elementary education, that means you could teach grades K-8. I know many teachers that taught first grade one year, then got moved to fourth grade, then into sixth and then back to second. A lot of it depends on the needs of the school you work at. There is no guarantee that you won't end up teaching a higher level grade unless you work in a school district that actually has a middle school with each teacher only teaching a specific subject. The best way to guarantee that you work with the younger guys is to get a degree in early childhood education. This puts your working with pre-k usually through 3rd grade. However, this may limit your abilities to get a job in teaching as you will not have as many options to choose from.


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Estefanía Roxana’s Answer

Hola Mikayla, if you would like to explore other child development options you can look into becoming a Child Life Specialist https://www.childlife.org/ you work as a psychological and emotional support for patients of any age.

From the experience of friends, first year teachers cannot choose what age they want to teach, it just depends on what the school needs, how many teachers are available, and your skill set. For example, if you are fluent in Spanish and you teach 1st graders but you want to teach 4th, if there are no openings in the 4th grade you cannot move grades as a new teacher. It also depends on the contract you signed, the staff, and seniority rules. Hope this helped, and good luck Mikayla!

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Estefanía Roxana’s Answer

Hola Mikayla, if you would like to explore other child development options you can look into becoming a Child Life Specialist https://www.childlife.org/ you work as a psychological and emotional support for patients of any age.

From the experience of friends, first year teachers cannot choose what age they want to teach, it just depends on what the school needs, how many teachers are available, and your skill set. For example, if you are fluent in Spanish and you teach 1st graders but you want to teach 4th, if there are no openings in the 4th grade you cannot move grades as a new teacher. It also depends on the contract you signed, the staff, and seniority rules. Hope this helped, and good luck Mikayla!

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