Preschool Teachers

Child Occupations

Job Description

Preschool teachers educate and care for children, usually ages 3 to 5, who have not yet entered kindergarten. They teach reading, writing, science, and other subjects in a way that young children can understand


Preschool teachers work in public and private schools, childcare centers, and charitable organizations. Many work the traditional 10-month school year, but some work the full year

How do you become one?

Education and training requirements vary based on settings and state regulations. They range from a high school diploma and certification to a college degree.


The median annual wage for preschool teachers was $27,130 in May 2012

Job Outlook

Employment of preschool teachers is projected to grow 17 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected due to a continued focus on the importance of early childhood education and the growing population of children ages 3 to 5.

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