What do You Need to be a Preschool Teacher?

What do You Need to be a Preschool Teacher?

Posted by Learning Box Preschool on Apr 1st 2020

Preschool education is an essential part of every child's development. Besides preparing kids for kindergarten, preschool helps children grow physically, cognitively, socially, emotionally, and literary. Having a firm foundation ensures that your child grows and enjoys learning. Are you interested in helping young kids during their first experience with education? Below we discuss the typical requirements to be a be a pre-school teacher.

Preschool Teachers Education Requirements

Having a sound educational background is vital for teaching kids and also securing a job, however the educational requirements may vary depending per state and institution. Preschool teachers work in childcare centers, public schools and head start programs. A high school diploma, associate's degree or a bachelor's degree are some of the educational requirements.

Most early childcare centers require a high school diploma or certification in early childhood education. If you have no training beyond high school, find an opportunity to work with children. However, public schools and Head Start programs require a bachelor's degree in early childhood development, nutrition or child psychology

Preschool Teacher Certification

While educational requirements for a license may vary, most states require a Child Development Associate (CDA) certification. To earn the credentials, start by securing your high school diploma. You should also have at least 480 hours of work experience with kids and 120 hours of formal education experience. For public schools, you can take your certification exams after earning your bachelor's degree certificate.

However, CDA credentials aren't a one-off affair. You need to participate in continuous development programs to keep your license. It's also critical to learn first aid, join child care organizations, and also keep working to grow your experience.

High-Quality Preschool Curriculum

Having a trustworthy preschool curriculum that you can use as a beginner to deliver education is essential. Consider a high-quality curriculum that meets or exceeds NAEYC requirements. It’s also important that the curriculum you choose meets ongoing state standard alignments These standards exist for the creation of high-quality curriculums. The Learning Box Preschool curriculum, for instance, is crafted under these standards, and by a Director with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, another in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology. She also has more than 20 years of experience as a teacher in the state of Idaho.

The Learning Box Preschool curriculum is suited to feel the needs of both kids' and preschool teachers'. Children between 3-5 years can explore their creativity with easy supplies such as pencils, crayons, and paint. The Learning Box Preschool’s Big Box, Small Box, and Little Box also fulfil preschool milestones that are critical to a young preschool child's development. You can also use the curriculum to teach kids no matter your level of education, so parents who are homeschooling or special education teachers can benefit from the curriculum kits.

Our program has been written by team of experienced educators that have years of experience working with young children. The program is creative and unique. We have worked tirelessly to make each day’s activities fun for the children, yet easy-to-use for the instructor all at a surprisingly affordable price. We can help you be the best possible preschool teacher, try one of our curriculum boxes to see what you think!