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Teacher - Preschool
“Giving a Head Start”
The education that preschool teachers impart plays a key role in determining the future prospects of their students.
The Job
Preschool teachers capitalize on children's play to further language and vocabulary development by using storytelling, rhyming games, and acting games. They improve social skills by having the children work together, and introduce scientific and mathematical concepts (showing the children how to balance and count blocks when building a bridge or how to mix colors when painting). Learning through creative activities such as art, dance, and music, is adopted to teach preschool children.
Work Environment
Settings vary greatly depending on specific program. Use a "hands-on" approach that uses "props" or "manipulatives" to help children understand abstract concepts, solve problems
College Majors
Education, early childhood development
Minimum Qualifications
An early childhood development license. A bachelor's degree may not be needed by preschool teachers.
Personality traits helpful for this career
caring, patient
Quick Facts
  • Part-time schedules are more common among preschool teachers.
  • More Info: National Association for the Education of Young Children,
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual wages of preschool teachers were $23,870 in May 2008; the middle 50 percent earned $18,840 to $31,430; the bottom 10 percent earned less than $16,030 and the top 10 percent earned more than $41,660.
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