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Kindergarten Teacher

Overview: Kindergarten teachers instruct children ages 4 - 6 years old to promote physical, mental and social development. They instruct students in group discussions, playacting, singing, outdoor activities to enhance cooperation, self expression and self care. May be required to hold State certification.
Duties: They assess the capabilities of each student to identify his/her learning strengths and weaknesses. They teach and motivate the students to learn new concepts and skills needed in school.

They teach children fundamental skills in inter-personal communication, artistic expression and coping with conflict. Counsel parents about their child's progress and learning needs.

They concentrate on developing the "whole student" in terms of intellectual, emotional, physical and social skills. They counsel the student in ways to overcome deficiencies.

They act as a mentor to students to help them develop a healthy self-concept of their self-worth and help them assume control for their behaviors.

Degree(s): A.A./B.A. QCC/QC Dual/Joint Liberal Arts & Sciences and Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) 
Job Outlook: Employment of Kindergarten Teachers is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018. Overall student enrollments in elementary school are expected to rise more slowly than in the past as children of the baby-boom generation leave the school system.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $36,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: All states require that public school teachers be certified for one or several related subjects. All states require a bachelor's degree and completion of an approved teacher training program with a prescribed number of subject credits and supervised practice teaching. Almost all states require teachers to be enrolled in continuing education courses for renewal of the teacher's certificate. Some states require a master's degree.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Assigning duties to others, motivating them, and evaluating their performance.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
Recommended Values:
  • Doing something to contribute to the betterment of the world. Doing something for the greater good.
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.