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Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

Overview
Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Experience

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

Education

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

Job Training

Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

Examples

Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include real estate brokers, sales managers, database administrators, graphic designers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.

Teach academic and social skills to kindergarten students.

Salary Salary

Salary at 10th Percentile: $37K
Salary at 25th Percentile: $46K
Median Salary: $57K
Salary at 75th Percentile: $72K
Salary at 90th Percentile: $91K

Demand
Career Demand by State Career Demand by State Legend
Core Tasks

Establish and enforce rules for behavior and policies and procedures to maintain order among students.

Prepare children for later grades by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.

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.

Demonstrate activities to children.

Guide and counsel students with adjustment or academic problems or special academic interests.

Observe and evaluate children's performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.

Read books to entire classes or to small groups.

Identify children showing signs of emotional, developmental, or health-related problems and discuss them with supervisors, parents or guardians, and child development specialists.

Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.

Provide a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate, and use, both in learning activities and in imaginative play.

Maintain accurate and complete student records and prepare reports on children and activities as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.

Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to children.

Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.

Confer with parents or guardians, other teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems.

Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and to determine their priorities for their children and their resource needs.

Organize and lead activities designed to promote physical, mental, and social development, such as games, arts and crafts, music, and storytelling.

Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.

Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms.

Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.

Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.

Assimilate arriving children to the school environment by greeting them, helping them remove outerwear, and selecting activities of interest to them.

Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of kindergarten programs.

Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.

Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.

Prepare materials, classrooms, and other indoor and outdoor spaces to facilitate creative play, learning and motor-skill activities, and safety.

Prepare, administer, and grade tests and assignments to evaluate children's progress.

Organize and label materials and display children's work in a manner appropriate for their sizes and perceptual skills.

Prepare for assigned classes and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors.

Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guests, or other experiential activities and guide students in learning from those activities.

Supervise, evaluate, and plan assignments for teacher assistants and volunteers.

Involve parent volunteers and older students in children's activities to facilitate involvement in focused, complex play.

Administer standardized ability and achievement tests and interpret results to determine children's developmental levels and needs.

Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.

Attend staff meetings and serve on committees as required.

Perform administrative duties, such as assisting in school libraries, hall and cafeteria monitoring, and bus loading and unloading.

Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.

Technology Skills
Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Computer based training software
Padlet
Desktop communications software
Bloomz
Electronic mail software
Microsoft Outlook
Multi-media educational software
Seesaw
Office suite software
Microsoft Office
Presentation software
Microsoft PowerPoint
Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Word processing software
Microsoft Word
Tools Used
Tool
Example
Arts and crafts equipment and accessories and supplies
Sand tables
Audio and visual presentation and composing equipment
Overhead display projectors
Computer Equipment and Accessories
Computer laser printers
Consumer electronics
Audiotape players
Data Voice or Multimedia Network Equipment or Platforms and Accessories
Intercom systems
Office machines and their supplies and accessories
Laminating machines
Photographic or filming or video equipment
Compact digital cameras
Toys and games
Toy block sets
Top 10 Knowledge Required
Education and Training
94%
Importance

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
93%
Importance

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Psychology
79%
Importance

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.

Mathematics
78%
Importance

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Customer and Personal Service
71%
Importance

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
67%
Importance

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.

Sociology and Anthropology
67%
Importance

Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Clerical
66%
Importance

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Computers and Electronics
65%
Importance

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Therapy and Counseling
65%
Importance

Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

Top 10 Skills
Instructing
83%
Importance

Teaching others how to do something.

Social Perceptiveness
83%
Importance

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Active Listening
80%
Importance

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
80%
Importance

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Monitoring
80%
Importance

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Speaking
80%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Coordination
78%
Importance

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Reading Comprehension
78%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Time Management
75%
Importance

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Service Orientation
73%
Importance

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Top 10 Abilities
Oral Expression
83%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Written Comprehension
80%
Importance

The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Oral Comprehension
78%
Importance

The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Problem Sensitivity
78%
Importance

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.

Speech Clarity
78%
Importance

The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Written Expression
78%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Fluency of Ideas
75%
Importance

The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

Speech Recognition
73%
Importance

The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Deductive Reasoning
68%
Importance

The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Inductive Reasoning
68%
Importance

The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Top 10 Work Activities
Thinking Creatively
85%
Importance

Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
84%
Importance

Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
83%
Importance

Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Developing Objectives and Strategies
81%
Importance

Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
80%
Importance

Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Training and Teaching Others
80%
Importance

Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
79%
Importance

Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

Getting Information
78%
Importance

Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Assisting and Caring for Others
76%
Importance

Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
76%
Importance

Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Detailed Work Activities

Establish rules or policies governing student behavior.

Encourage students.

Modify teaching methods or materials to accommodate student needs.

Teach life skills.

Apply multiple teaching methods.

Read to students.

Advise students on academic or career matters.

Monitor student performance.

Monitor student behavior, social development, or health.

Evaluate student work.

Set up classroom materials or equipment.

Develop strategies or programs for students with special needs.

Discuss problems or issues with supervisors.

Discuss student progress with parents or guardians.

Maintain student records.

Prepare reports detailing student activities or performance.

Develop instructional objectives.

Plan educational activities.

Create technology-based learning materials.

Teach others to use technology or equipment.

Provide for basic needs of children.

Collaborate with other teaching professionals to develop educational programs.

Arrange childcare or educational settings to ensure physical safety of children.

Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.

Prepare tests.

Display student work.

Document lesson plans.

Plan experiential learning activities.

Evaluate performance of educational staff.

Supervise student research or internship work.

Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.

Serve on institutional or departmental committees.

Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.

Distribute instructional or library materials.

Order instructional or library materials or equipment.

Supervise school or student activities.

Assist students with special educational needs.

Work Context
Electronic Mail

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Contact With Others

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Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

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Work With Work Group or Team

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Face-to-Face Discussions

How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?

Frequency of Decision Making

How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?

Physical Proximity

To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?

Deal With External Customers

How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?

Public Speaking

How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?

Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results

What results do your decisions usually have on other people or the image or reputation or financial resources of your employer?

Education
Majors
Major
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods
Teaching English or French as a Second or Foreign Language
Interests
Social
100%
Importance

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Artistic
67%
Importance

Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Enterprising
48%
Importance

Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Conventional
39%
Importance

Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Investigative
34%
Importance

Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Realistic
24%
Importance

Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Top 10 Work Styles
Integrity
97%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Adaptability/Flexibility
96%
Importance

Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

Dependability
96%
Importance

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Concern for Others
94%
Importance

Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

Cooperation
94%
Importance

Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Persistence
94%
Importance

Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Attention to Detail
92%
Importance

Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Stress Tolerance
92%
Importance

Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

Leadership
91%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Self Control
91%
Importance

Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

Work Values
Relationships
96%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Achievement
77%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Independence
72%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Working Conditions
72%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Recognition
62%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Support
53%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.