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Three undergraduate steps toward becoming an early childhood teacher

Veronica C. | May 8, 2012

Teachers are among the most important and influential people in just about everyone’s lives. In addition to your parents, these are the people who help you learn to read, write, add, speak and pursue a variety of academic interests to help you become the person you are today. If you’re considering pursuing premium entry level jobs in this field, here are some undergraduate steps that will put you on the right path.

Few schools hire graduates who haven’t climbed the educational ladder, and the first wrung usually involves working as a babysitter. This part-time opportunity will help you develop a rapport with children and their parents while also putting some much-needed money in your pocket. From here, you’ll also have good references for when you apply to other teaching-related jobs.

A step above working as a babysitter, finding a job or volunteer opportunity at a local daycare or community center will expand your childcare experience beyond watching one or two children in their own home. While you won’t do much teaching beside arts and crafts and story time, this is a necessary step in being able to responsibly manage a large group of rambunctious youngsters.

Student teaching
Once you have proven you’re capable of working with children, you should pursue academic opportunities through your school that will introduce you into the nuts and bolts of teaching. Many undergraduate education programs can help connect you with local schools where you can work as a student teacher to earn credit toward your degree, while also networking with teachers and administrators in the area.


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