What does a Kindergarten Teacher do?

A Kindergarten Teacher will create a supporting learning environment that fosters basic social skills and beginning reading and mathematics understanding. You will use varied pedagogical strategies in the delivery of your lesson plans which are rooted in the state approved curriculum.

The ideal candidate for a Kindergarten Teacher will be an empathetic and caring individual who hold a bachelor's degree in elementary education, with the appropriate state teaching credential and can pass a drug screen and background check. You may have no experience or up to 5 years of experience in a similar role to be considered as a Kindergarten Teacher in this district.

What responsibilities are common for Kindergarten Teacher jobs?
  • Follow state approved curriculum
  • Design lesson plans to maximize learning potential of students
  • Set a positive learning environment
  • Provide age appropriate activities to develop students fine motor skills
  • Complete report cards and hold parent teacher conferences
  • Encourage productive play
  • Partner with parents to help students achieve development objectives
  • Model reading picture books and assist with phonetic development
What are the typical qualifications for Kindergarten Teacher jobs?
  • Appropriate teaching credential as designated by the state
  • Ability to pass a drug screen and background check
  • 0-5 years of experience in a similar role
  • Empathetic and caring individual who enjoys teaching young children
  • Extended periods of time sitting on the floor
  • Great customer service skills to communicate effectively with parents
  • Must attend professional development sessions
  • Ability to prepare age appropriate lesson plans
  • Possess the ability to be a good role model.
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Kindergarten Teacher make?

Confident
$46,444 /yr
Total Pay
$44,149
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$2,295
 /yr

Additional Pay

$46,444

 / yr
$31K$70K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Kindergarten Teacher Career Path

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Kindergarten Teacher

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
15%
2 - 4
49%
5 - 7
2%
8+
34%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Kindergarten Teacher Insights

Read what Kindergarten Teacher professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Gangnam English AcademyGangnam English Academy
Kindergarten Teacher
Apr 26, 2020

“I have taught at 4 different schools in Korea and this one was by far the best experience.”

UPSUPS
Temporary Helper
Sep 2, 2020

“Pay was Great Job was fun”

DaVinci Academy of Silicon Valley
Kindergarten Teacher
May 7, 2022

“Everyone is really kind and understanding.”

Toronto Catholic District School BoardToronto Catholic District School Board
Kindergarten Teacher
Mar 2, 2021

“Nice people to work with”

Renaissance Charter SchoolRenaissance Charter School
Kindergarten Teacher
Dec 7, 2020

“good team to work with”

County of RiversideCounty of Riverside
Temporary Assistant
Oct 31, 2021

“great people to work with”

Baltimore County Public SchoolsBaltimore County Public Schools
Teacher, Kindergarten
Jan 23, 2021

“Good professional development”

Plano ISDPlano ISD
Early Childhood Team Leader/Kindergarten Teacher
Jun 12, 2021

“Plano West Schools are great.”

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