To become a kindergarten teacher, one must earn a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, complete student-teacher requirements and earn a teaching license. It is also vital to spend time learning how to interact with young children.Continue Reading
Teaching 5- and 6-year-old kids requires a lot of patience and energy. The best way to gauge interest in teaching is to spend time with kids of that age. Spend time working or volunteering at a local day care or kindergarten classroom.
All public schools require teachers to have at least a bachelor's degree. Elementary education, early childhood education and early childhood development are common degrees for kindergarten teachers. Such degrees typically take four years to complete, including student teaching.
Student teaching is typically a necessity to earning a bachelor's degree in elementary education or similar field. Each university or college has its own specific student teaching requirements that range from one to two semesters of in-classroom experience.
Before getting a teaching position, one much earn certification in the state she plans to teach. Although state requirements vary, most require a bachelor's degree, passing a series of basic certification exams and a clean criminal record. Unlike public schools, private schools do not always require a teaching certificate.
Watch your local school districts' websites for kindergarten openings and apply. Kindergarten job openings can also be found on a variety of national job search websites.