KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS play a vital role in the development of children. Kindergarten teachers introduce children to social climates where activities are designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth. They introduce students to language, numbers, science, and social studies. They use games, music, artwork, films, slides, computers, and other teaching technology to teach basic skills. Kindergarten teachers design classroom presentations to meet student needs and abilities. In addition to classroom activities, kindergarten teachers plan lessons, grade papers, prepare report cards, and meet with parents and school staff to discuss progress or problems of children.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $55,500 average per year ($26.75 per hour)
- A large occupation (173,300 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.5% per year)
All states require KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS in the public school system to be certified. Licensure is not required for teachers in private schools. Requirements for regular licenses to teach kindergarten through grade 12 vary by state. All states require general education teachers to have a bachelor's degree and to have completed an approved teacher training program with a prescribed number of subject and education credits, as well as supervised practice teaching. A number of states require that teachers obtain a master's degree in education within a specified period after they begin teaching.