Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

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About the Job

Instruct preschool-aged children in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth needed for primary school in preschool, day care center, or other child development facility. May be required to hold State certification.

It is also Called

  • Toddler Teacher
  • Toddler Guide
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Teacher Aide
  • Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Prekindergarten Teacher
  • Pre-School Teacher
  • Pre-Kindergarten Teacher (Pre-K Teacher)
  • Nursery Teacher
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What They Do

  • Supervise, evaluate, and plan assignments for teacher assistants and volunteers.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as hall and cafeteria monitoring and bus loading and unloading.
  • Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.
  • Administer tests to help determine children's developmental levels, needs, and potential.
  • Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms.
  • Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.
  • Attend staff meetings and serve on committees as required.
  • Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guests, or other experiential activities and guide students in learning from those activities.
  • Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of preschool programs.
  • Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Achievement and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $28,060 with most people making between $18,510 and $41,430

Outlook

0.71%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 15,990 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 17,130 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 114 openings due to growth and about 466 replacement openings for approximately 580 total annual openings.



Pennsylvania Department of Education