Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

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What do they do?

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.

Also known as:

Child Development Teacher, Daycare Teacher, Early Childhood Teacher, Group Teacher, Head Teacher, Infant Teacher, Lead Teacher, Montessori Paraprofessional, Montessori Preschool Teacher, Nursery Teacher, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher (Pre-K Teacher), Preschool Teacher, Teacher, Toddler Teacher

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education is projected to grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 4%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #13 in job growth rate
  • 1,250

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #14 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.8%)
  • Master's degree (11.8%)
  • Bachelor's degree (33.6%)
  • Associate's degree (15.6%)
  • Some college, no degree (23.5%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (13.1%)
  • Less than high school diploma (1.6%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • 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.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Teach life skills.
  • Establish rules or policies governing student behavior.
  • Set up classroom materials or equipment.
  • Modify teaching methods or materials to accommodate student needs.
  • Provide for basic needs of children.
  • Discuss student progress with parents or guardians.
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