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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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Kindergarten Teacher Salaries

Average Base Pay

$37 /hour
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$29
Median: $37
$40
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Kindergarten Teacher Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
15%
2 - 4
49%
5 - 7
2%
8+
34%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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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
26 Apr 2020

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

UPSUPS
Temporary Helper
2 Sept 2020

“Pay was Great Job was fun”

Headstart Kindergarten and Preschool
Kindergarten Teacher
18 Mar 2020

“salary is cheap i am not comfortable”

DaVinci Academy of Silicon Valley
Kindergarten Teacher
7 May 2022

“Everyone is really kind and understanding.”

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

“Nice people to work with”

Renaissance Charter SchoolRenaissance Charter School
Kindergarten Teacher
7 Dec 2020

“good team to work with”

County of RiversideCounty of Riverside
Temporary Assistant
31 Oct 2021

“great people to work with”

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

“Good professional development”

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