Kindergarten Teacher  What They Do

Just the Facts

Teaches elemental art, literature, music, personal hygiene, and natural and social science to children from 4 to 6 years of age. Promotes physical, mental and social development. May be required to hold State certification.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Teaching/Training pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Instructs students individually and in groups, adapting teaching methods to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Teaches basic skills, such as color, shape, number and letter recognition, personal hygiene, and social skills.
  • Observes and evaluates children's performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Establishes and enforces rules for behavior and policies and procedures to maintain order among students.
  • Demonstrates activities to children.
  • Provides a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate, and use, both in learning activities and in imaginative play.
  • Reads books to entire classes or to small groups.
  • Establishes clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to children.
  • Prepares materials, classrooms, and other indoor and outdoor spaces to facilitate creative play, learning and motor-skill activities, and safety.
  • Identifies children showing signs of emotional, developmental, or health-related problems and discusses them with supervisors, parents or guardians, and child development specialists.


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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

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  • Early Childhood Teacher --