If you are considering becoming a kindergarten teacher, you need to look carefully at your qualifications. Most public school kindergarten teachers need at least a baccalaureate degree, either a kindergarten (education degree) at bachelor level, or a degree in your own subject and then a graduate qualification kindergarten (education degree). However, you also need to be licensed by the state(s) that you are going to teach in. Each state sets their own levels of requirements for licensing, but usually you need to have the appropriate qualifications - and some states insist on a kindergarten (education degree) at master's level. You may also have to sit an examination set by the licensing board.
Teaching kindergarten may be one of the most influential levels you can teach at. The major tasks you have are to socialise children, and to help to lay the foundations for reading and writing, and some math skills as well. Research has shown that the earlier children learn to read, the more successful they are likely to be in the rest of their education, so you will have real influence on children's lives.
The skills you will learn in your kindergarten (education degree) will help you to teach and instruct children in kindergarten. You will learn about learning through play, and the way you can structure activities so that they are purposeful and can teach skills to children in a most enjoyable way. This is a really fulfilling job, and you should make sure that you are fully prepared to make the most of your opportunities.
Publish date: February 10, 2011