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Preschool Teachers

Also called: Pre-Kindergarten Teacher (Pre-K Teacher), Preschool Teacher, Teacher, Toddler Teacher

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What they do:
Instruct preschool-aged students, following curricula or lesson plans, in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth.
On the job, you would:
  • Teach basic skills, such as color, shape, number and letter recognition, personal hygiene, and social skills.
  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order.
  • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.

Knowledge

Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
Business
  • customer service

Skills

Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Social
  • teaching people how to do something
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • create new and original ideas

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Dependability
  • Concern for Others
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Cooperation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
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Electronic mail software
  • Email software
Computer based training software
  • Children's educational software

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$30,520
$21,140
$55,050
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