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Also known as:
Early Childhood Teacher, Head Start Teacher, Nursery School Teacher, Nursery Teacher, Pre-K Teacher, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, Preschool Teacher

ABOUT PRESCHOOL TEACHER CAREERS
Video transcript

Teachers are one of our country's most valuable resources. Preschool and kindergarten teachers in particular have a vital role in the educational, physical, and social development of American's youth. Because they work with kids who are often experiencing their first extended time away from their parents, these teachers must be responsible individuals who like working with small children.

If you want to join this profession, you should be comfortable using both conventional and unconventional methods to help your students build self-esteem, explore personal interests and talents, and learn how to interact with others.

Successful preschool teachers are patient and enthusiastic; they're also sensitive to individual student needs and cultural backgrounds and are willing to go the extra mile to be a good role model. A preschool teacher's duties are varied, but can include keeping records of each child's progress, serving nutritious meals and snacks, and teaching good personal hygiene. Outside of the classroom, they often meet with parents to discuss each child's progress.

Being a kindergarten teacher can be quite challenging. Dealing with a classroom of small children demands a great deal of energy and enthusiasm. However, helping today's young people develop and gain new skills that they'll use throughout the rest of their lives makes a career in teaching a very fulfilling experience.

SNAPSHOT
Instruct preschool-aged students, following curricula or lesson plans, in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
LOW
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
LOW
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
LOW
Communication with others
LOW
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
Daily tasks

Administer tests to help determine children's developmental levels, needs, and potential.

Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of preschool programs.

Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.

Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.

Attend staff meetings and serve on committees as required.

Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and needs, determine their priorities for their children, and suggest ways that they can promote learning and development.

Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.

Identify children showing signs of emotional, developmental, or health-related problems and discuss them with supervisors, parents or guardians, and child development specialists.

Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.

Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guests, or other experiential activities and guide students in learning from those activities.

Teach proper eating habits and personal hygiene.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Assisting and Caring for Others Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Training and Teaching Others Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Developing and Building Teams Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
TOP SKILLS
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.