What is required to become a kindergarten teacher?

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Kindergarten teachers need to be patient, caring and must really like being around young children. Academically, they need a degree, certificate, license and a classroom.

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What to Study in College

Future kindergarten teachers should take courses in the basics, such as music, art and children's literature.

Bachelor's Degree

An aspiring kindergarten teacher needs a bachelor's degree.

Teacher Education Program

A majority of states require a potential kindergarten teacher to have completed a teacher education program. This can often be completed while at college with approved programs.


The prospective kindergarten teacher needs to intern in a classroom under the watchful eyes of a supervisor.


A kindergarten teacher needs a license to teach. Individual state requirements vary, but most will need the future teacher to have a bachelor's degree and completion of a teacher education program.

A Classroom Full of Children

Finding a classroom can be the most difficult part since there is a lot of competition for teaching positions. Working as a substitute teacher can help an aspiring kindergarten teacher to find a classroom more quickly.

Non-Academic Skills

A kindergarten teacher needs to be able see the world through the eyes of 5- and 6-year-olds.

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