Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

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About the Job

Teach elemental natural and social science, personal hygiene, music, art, and literature to kindergarten students. Promote physical, mental, and social development. May be required to hold State certification.

It is also Called

  • 4 Year Olds Kindergarten Teacher
  • Art Teacher
  • Bilingual Kindergarten Teacher
  • Classroom Teacher
  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Elementary Art Teacher
  • Elementary Teacher
  • House Adviser
  • Kinder Teacher
  • Kindergarten / First Grade Teacher

What They Do

  • Instruct students individually and in groups, adapting teaching methods to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Teach basic skills such as color, shape, number and letter recognition, personal hygiene, and social skills.
  • Observe and evaluate children's performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior, and policies and procedures to maintain order among students.
  • Demonstrate activities to children.
  • Provide a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate, and use, both in learning activities and in imaginative play.
  • Read books to entire classes or to small groups.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate those objectives to children.
  • Prepare materials, classrooms, and other indoor and outdoor spaces to facilitate creative play, learning and motor-skill activities, and safety.
  • Identify children showing signs of emotional, developmental, or health-related problems, and discuss them with supervisors, parents or guardians, and child development specialists.

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 Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $60,500 with most people making between $31,710 and $89,730

Outlook

1.10%
avg. annual growth

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 5,450 people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be 6,050 employed in 2018.

This occupation will have about 60 openings due to growth and about 110 replacement openings for approximately 170 total annual openings.