Steps to Becoming a Certified Preschool Teacher

Preschool teachers create engaging learning environments, provide educational instruction, and develop social growth for children. Working with small children can be troublesome and exhausting and requires a lot of patience.

Below are steps to becoming a certified preschool teacher

Earn a High School Diploma

Preschool teachers are usually required to have a minimum of a high school diploma and certification in early childhood education program (หลักสูตรการศึกษาปฐมวัย, which is the term in Thai). Whereas in high school, courses in English, psychology, sociology, and health, can provide relevant knowledge.

Have Working Experience with Children

Experience working with children is a prerequisite for most employers. This can be achieved in different settings, with working as an assistant teacher, the most common avenue. Assistant teachers work with children under the supervision of licensed teachers to help with academic, behavioral, and social development.

Earn a Degree in Early Childhood Education

in public schools and Head Start programs; preschool teachers are required to have a degree in early childhood education.

Get Certified

Although different requirements apply for each state for teaching licensure, childcare center teachers are required to get the nationally recognized certification. And this requires working experience with children,

The National Child Care Association’s Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) credential is recognized in some states. It can be earned by those who do not have a college degree and those whose college degrees are not directly associated with childhood education.

Keep Certification

Education for renewal is required for the CDA credential requires e. Preschool teachers in childcare centers have to be certified in first aid, and display effective teaching practice, and must be a member in an approved organization for childcare professionals. To ensure their licenses are updated, preschool teachers in public schools must engage in professional development programs. Furthermore, the acquired skills and knowledge is an advantage for your career.