Pre-K/Primary Teachers educate children ages 3 through 3rd grade. They help students learn and apply concepts in a variety of subjects. Pre-K/Primary school teachers generally have one group of students and teach a variety of subjects, whereas middle and secondary school teachers usually specialize in one or more subjects, educating further into the subject. Teachers work in public, private, or parochial institutions. They must also be open to diverse groups of people, for they work with students differentiating in age, sex, and race, along with different ethical and religious backgrounds. Along with educating the students, the teacher is also responsible for planning, evaluating, and assigning lessons; preparing, administering, and grading tests; listening to oral presentations; and maintaining classroom discipline.
Some Related Career Titles
To research these titles and more go to: Occupational Outlook Handbook and see the related print resources in the Career Services Library).
Years Minimum Experience Needed Positions and/or Master Degree
General Career Directions
- Child Development Associate Teacher
- Teacher Aide
- Montessori Teacher
- Group Teacher
- Childcare Teacher
- Day Care Provider
- Pre-School Teacher
- Nursery Teacher
Links To Professional Associations
Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.
American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education
American Association for Employment in Education
American Association of Higher Education
American Association of School Administrators
American Association of School Librarians
American College Personnel Association
American Council on Education
American Counseling Association