Kindergarten teacher (who do not work in special education) oversee classrooms for children between the ages of about four and six years old; this environment is normally a child's first transition into formal education. These teachers' goal is to lay a strong foundation for future learning by the children and teach foundational skills. They need to understand different learning styles and rates, working with pupils to help them develop basic skills and facilities in areas such as reading and arithmetic; additionally, they educate students on color recognition, spatial relationships. Kindergarten teachers also impart values such as sharing, cooperation, and proper classroom behavior to the children, some of whom are spending their first extended time away from parental control in the kindergarten classroom environment. Teachers are expected to be creative, cheerful, and able to foster a nurturing, positive learning environment.
Kindergarten teachers normally work regular school hours during the week, although time beyond these hours is spent on classroom planning, grading, and evaluation. The work environment is the classroom, which at this grade level is normally expected to be a stimulating, colorful, child-friendly place.
The educational requirements for a kindergarten teacher vary by location and employer; however, in almost all cases, certification for teaching children at this age and learning level is essential. Additionally, many schools or school districts prefer to hire kindergarten teachers who possess bachelor's degrees or associate’s degrees in early childhood education or a related discipline.
Kindergarten Teacher (but not Special Education) Tasks
Teach basic academic skills of number and letter recognition while monitoring physical and emotional health in individuals.
Demonstrate and reinforce rules for social interaction and personal responsibility.
Inspire a passion for learning in young children through engaging environments geared for manipulating and exploring a variety of materials.