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Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

Instruct preschool-aged children in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth needed for primary school in preschool, day care center, or other child development facility. May be required to hold State certification.   (O'Net 25-2011.00)

 
Reported job titles:   2 Year Olds Preschool Teacher, Assistant Teacher, Associate Teacher, Bilingual Instructor, Bilingual Teacher, Child Care Provider, Child Care Teacher, Child Caregiver, Child Development Associate Teacher (CDA Teacher), Child Development Teacher, Childcare Teacher, Childhood Development Teacher, Classroom Instructor, Co-Teacher, Day Care Provider, Day Care Teacher, Daycare Teacher, Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program Teacher (ECEAP), Early Childhood Teacher, Family Intervention Specialist, Family Service Worker, Group Teacher, Head Start Teacher, Head Teacher, Headstart Teacher, Home Visitor - Home Base Head Start, Infant Teacher, Kindergarten Teacher, Lead Teacher, Montessori Paraprofessional, Montessori Preschool Teacher, Montessori Teacher, Nursery School Teacher, Nursery Teacher, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher (Pre-K Teacher), Pre-School Teacher, Prekindergarten Teacher, Preschool Teacher, Teacher, Teacher Aide, Teacher Assistant, Toddler Guide, Toddler Teacher
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 11.92   $ 13.05   $ 14.71   $ 18.09   $ 22.73   $ 16.30  
    Yearly $24,790   $27,140   $30,590   $37,620   $47,280   $33,900  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 10.67   $ 12.11   $ 14.03   $ 17.01   $ 21.39   $ 15.64  
    Yearly $22,190   $25,180   $29,180   $35,390   $44,500   $32,540  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 12.48   $ 13.28   $ 14.61   $ 17.64   $ 22.35   $ 16.15  
    Yearly $25,960   $27,620   $30,380   $36,690   $46,480   $33,590  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 12.68   $ 14.11   $ 16.85   $ 20.67   $ 23.60   $ 17.75  
    Yearly $26,380   $29,350   $35,060   $43,000   $49,090   $36,930  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 1,257 1,310 0.4% 42
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Social assistance 58.4%
    Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations 18.7%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 18.3%
    Local government, excluding education and hospitals 1.5%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 1.5%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior, and procedures for maintaining order.
     
  • Organize and lead activities designed to promote physical, mental and social development, such as games, arts and crafts, music, storytelling, and field trips.
     
  • Teach basic skills such as color, shape, number and letter recognition, personal hygiene, and social skills.
     
  • Observe and evaluate children's performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
     
  • Read books to entire classes or to small groups.
     
  • Attend to children's basic needs by feeding them, dressing them, and changing their diapers.
     
  • Provide a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate and use, both in learning activities and in imaginative play.
     
  • Assimilate arriving children to the school environment by greeting them, helping them remove outerwear, and selecting activities of interest to them.
     
  • Serve meals and snacks in accordance with nutritional guidelines.
     
  • Teach proper eating habits and personal hygiene.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education  updated June 2010
     


    Knowledge
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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Philosophy and Theology - Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
     
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
     
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
     
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education  updated June 2010
     


    Skills
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
     
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education  updated June 2010
     


    Work Activities
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  • Assisting and Caring for Others - Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
     
  • Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Training and Teaching Others - Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
     
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
     
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others - Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
     
  • Scheduling Work and Activities - Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education  updated June 2010
     


    Interests
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  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
     
  • Artistic - Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education  updated June 2010
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Child Care Provider Child Development Division
    Vermont Department for Children and Families
    Educator Office of Educator Licensing
    Vermont Agency of Education
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education  updated June 2010
     


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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Child Care and Support Services Management.
     
    • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
     
    • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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