How to Become a Certified Preschool Teacher

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The requirements for becoming a certified preschool teacher vary from state to state, but most people will have to get a Birth Through Kindergarten Certification. Learn about educational requirements for preschool teachers with help from a preschool teacher in this free video on becoming a certified preschool teacher.

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Hi, my name is Krista Blessing and this is how you become a Certified Preschool Teacher. When you're looking into becoming a Certified Preschool Teacher, there are a couple of things you need to take in mind. First of all, each state and sometimes each center or preschool, is going to have different requirements. For example, sometimes all you need is your Bachelors in education, and doesn't necessarily need to be BK, which your BK is Birth Through Kindergarten Certification. So, it just depends; sometimes they do require, require the Birth Through Kindergarten Certification before you can become a Preschool Teacher. Also, there are definitely, like, credit hours that they require you to take each year, which you can usually find out how many required and where to find them through your school district. For example, I have to take five credits each year, and a class might be through the county and it might be how to help a child learn safety rules, different things like that. And also, you may need reference letters from previous jobs and things like that in order to get a job in that particular center. But again, it depends on the state and also the preschool where you're looking to teach. And, that is how you become a Certified Preschool Teacher.


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