Preschool Teachers

Preschool teachers promote the general education of children under the age of five. They help students develop physically, socially, and emotionally, work with them on language and communications skills, and help cultivate their cognitive abilities. They also work with families to support parents in raising their young children and reinforcing skills at home. They plan and lead activities developed in accordance with the specific ages and needs of the children. It is the goal of all preschool teachers to help students develop the skills, interests, and individual creativity that they will use for the rest of their lives. Many schools and districts consider kindergarten teachers, who teach students five years of age, to be preschool teachers. For the purposes of this article, kindergarten teachers will be included in this category. There are approximately 352,730 preschool teachers and 157,800 kindergarten teachers in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Assist in the social, emotional, and cognitive development of young children under the age of five
Alternate Title(s) Kindergarten Teachers
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Any geographic location
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Art
  • English
  • Family and Consumer Science
Experience Student teaching; experience working with children recommended
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Teaching
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Social
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Owner, Preschool Facility
  • Headstart Program Director
  • Director of a Preschool
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Teacher Aide

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