Pre-K/Primary Education 


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 

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Entry Level Jobs 

Child Development Teacher

Teacher Aide

Montessori Teacher

Childcare Teacher

Nursery Teacher

Pre-School Teacher





2 Years Minimum Experience Needed Positions and/or Master Degree 


Pre-K Psychologist

Social Worker

General Career Directions


  • Child Development Associate Teacher
  • Teacher Aide    
  • Montessori Teacher
  • Group Teacher
  • Childcare Teacher
  • Day Care Provider
  • Pre-School Teacher
  • Nursery Teacher



Typical Employers/Work Settings 

  • Child Day Care Services
  • Elementary and Secondary Schools
  • Individual and Family Services
  • Religious Organizations
  • Elementary Schools
  • Work Assistance Programs
  • Hospitals

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Beginning Salary Range: 

 From the Spring 2008 NACE Salary Survey (National Association of Colleges and Employers) B.A.E.-  $35,000 per year; M.A.E.- $43,000

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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



Job Search Information  

National Organizations or Databases


Jobs in Education


National Educators Employment Review 




Graduate Schools 

Local Programs

University of Central Florida

University of South Florida

University of Florida

Florida Gulf Coast University


 Link To UNF Academic program 

The Department of Childhood Education offers a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Pre-K/Primary Education  


Link to Education Job Search Resources



Holland Codes 

PreK-Primary- Social; Enterprising; Conventional (SEC)


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