If you are interested in becoming a teacher, you may want to consider teaching kindergarten. As a kindergarten teacher, you can have a lasting positive impact on the life of a child. Almost everyone has a favorite memory of his or her early school years. If you are interested in teaching students at this time of their lives, there are several steps you must take before you can become a kindergarten teacher.
Things You'll Need
- High school diploma
- Bachelor's degree
- Teaching certificate
Decide if this is a career path you really want to take. It's important for a kindergarten teacher to love children and have patience. A kindergarten teacher should also have the ability to work well with others. After all, teachers are in constant contact with students, administrators and parents. Leadership and problem solving skills are also a must.
Get the necessary education. You will need to earn a bachelor's degree. Depending on the state in which you live, you may be able to major in education. Other states will require you to choose a different major and take education classes as electives. You may end up going to college for five years. Your fifth year would be spent gaining practical experience student teaching in a classroom with a licensed teacher present. Some states also require teachers to have a master's degree. If you plan on teaching in public schools, you will also need to get a teaching certificate.
Create a portfolio to show prospective employers. Organize a folder to save samples of papers you've graded, pictures of you working with students, fliers from conferences and other papers that showcase your work. Include your resume and recommendation letters. Bring the portfolio with you to interviews and job fairs.
Look for a job after you've obtained your necessary education or right before you complete your schooling. Decide which districts appeal to you and contact their human resources department to find out about their application processes. Look online for job listings and go to job fairs. If you are substitute teaching, hand out your resumes in person and invite the principals come and watch you in the classroom.
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