Educators have a number of responsibilities related to kindergarten preparation.
These include teaching academic readiness and social, listening and
communication skills. States set their own requirements for educators, but in
General, there are three levels of educational requirements for educators: a
high school diploma, a Child Development Associate (or CDA according to
abbreviationfinder.org) degree and a bachelor's
degree. Educational program names vary, but they are typically as early
childhood educational institutions or pre-primary education requirements.
The community and privately-run kindergartens usually require their teachers to
hold a high school diploma or have a GED (abbreviationfinder.org). It is a requirement in some State
licensing rules as kindergartens hires only teachers who have graduated high
school or have earned a GED. For preschool programs that have not been approved,
the owner or preschool Board determines the required level of education. Church
kindergartens do not have to meet state licensing rules, if they do not accept
State or federal funding. If they accept the State Babysitting funds for
eligible children, they must meet state licensing requirements.
Child Development Associate degree can be earned in two years by either a
Community College or a technical school. A CDA requires generally complete 60
hours of training from an institution with expertise in early childhood teacher
preparation. Students who complete the program receive a transcript, certificate
or a letter of completion. The overall focus of the CDA is to teach students
about the principles of child development and how children learn. Topics
addressed in the CDA coursework includes how to plan safe, healthy preschool
environments; How to support the physical, intellectual, social, emotional and
behavioral growth of children; and how to operate a nursery effectively maintain
positive relationships with families.
Educator educational requirements for a bachelor's degree vary from institution
to institution, but in General, they require 120 hours of academic coursework
more place-based preschool experience and an internship or student teaching
experience, there is one semester in length. The first two years of a college
education, or about 60 hours of courses consists of liberal arts courses in
mathematics, science, English, literature, history, etc. The remaining hour
courses focus on educator preparation. Knowledge areas addressed include: child
development, teaching children, infant toddler environments, child activities,
childcare, food and nutrition, education, learning, teaching methods, etc.
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