Kindergarten Teacher Qualifications
A bachelors degree in an education related field is the minimum qualification for kindergarten teachers. The most common degree for kindergarten teachers is a bachelors of early childhood education. During your course of study you will learn various styles and techniques to engage and teach young children. Classes will typically focus on childhood development, philosophy of education, psychology of learning, curriculum planning, teaching methods, and technology in education. In order to provide a well rounded education for your students, it is also good to have a basic knowledge of literature, mathematics, art, music, social science, and physical science. Every state requires public school teachers to obtain licensing. Check with your local board of education to find out the requirements in your state.
It can be difficult working with young children on a daily basis. Successful kindergarten teachers are compassionate, patient, understanding, and highly dedicated to their job and their students. You'll need to have a clear understanding of how to appropriately present materials to young students and work with other teachers and parents to develop individual education plans for children with special needs. Excellent written and verbal communication is another essential qualification for any kindergarten teaching position. It is also beneficial to have some computer skills in order to effectively incorporate technology into your classroom.
It is important to have some experience working with children before embarking on a career as a kindergarten teacher. Most teacher education programs will place you in a classroom as a student teacher prior to graduation. You will begin by simply observing an experienced teacher and progress to developing your own lesson plans and teaching some classes under supervision.
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