Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+15.1% (much faster than the average)


What Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education Do

Instruct preschool-aged students, following curricula or lesson plans, in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth.

Other Job Titles Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education May Have

Montessori Preschool Teacher, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher (Pre-K Teacher), Teacher, Toddler Teacher

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Early Learning Specialist ,

Irvine Unified School District

A great day starts with the faces of over 400 students, excited and eager to be at school. Children are engaged and ready to learn. Staff is being silly, dancing and singing songs with the kiddos. Walking thought the school and visiting classroom where learning is masked by fun. At the end a great day a since of accomplishment is shared by many.

Preschool Teacher

Every day can be quite different from the next. The children arrive to the classroom and they are greeted by the teacher, our routine stays the same but the children's moods affect the plan for the day. We move along the routine in snack, meetings, outside time, small group, work, clean-up, and story time. A great day is when parents leave happy and children are safe and excited to learn.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Teach basic skills, such as color, shape, number and letter recognition, personal hygiene, and social skills.
  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order.
  • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Provide a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate, and use, both in learning activities and in imaginative play.
  • Serve meals and snacks in accordance with nutritional guidelines.

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