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 sk...

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Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma



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Personality Traits



Although there have been some attempts to correct the discrepancies in salaries between preschool teachers and other teachers, salaries in this profession tend to be lower than teaching positions in public elementary and high schools. Because some preschool programs are held only in the morning or afternoon, many preschool teachers work only part time. As part-time workers, they often do not re...

Work Environment

Preschool teachers spend much of their workday on their feet in a classroom or on a playground. Facilities vary from a single room to large buildings. Class sizes also vary; some preschools serve only a handful of children, while others serve several hundred. Classrooms may be crowded and noisy, but anyone who loves children will enjoy all the activity.

Many children do not go to prescho...


Employment opportunities for preschool teachers are expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Those with bachelor's degrees and certification will have the best job prospects. 

Specific job opportunities vary from state to state and depend on demographic characteristics and level of government funding. Jobs s...