Becoming a teacher is one of the most rewarding careers you can pursue. It allows you to be part of moulding future generations and sharing bits of personal wisdom with them.

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A teacher in early education helps young children develop social skills and learn the fundamentals of learning. This important career requires a bachelor’s degree and sometimes additional credentials.

Other educational requirements vary by school type. In addition to an associate or bachelor’s degree, teachers in early education should pursue a license and certification from their state’s Department of Education. This process generally includes student teaching and other coursework in education and child development, as well as passing a state examination.

Education Requirements

Teaching is a demanding profession, and the education requirements vary by state. Some states require a teacher to hold a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. Others allow college graduates who majored in another subject to earn a teaching certificate or license if they complete a teacher preparation program, pass a state’s required tests, and participate in student teaching practicums or student-teaching internships.

Lesson Planning

Lesson planning is a critical process for teachers that outlines what they want their students to learn and how it will be achieved. This allows the instructor to enter a classroom with confidence and maximizes the chances of having a productive lesson.

Lessons should include objectives that are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-based). Many teachers use Bloom’s Taxonomy to help them create objective verbs like “students will be able to.”

Lesson plans should also include timelines of activities, an overview of the class, summative assessments and required instructional materials. 


Teachers in early education must be creative and adaptive in their approach to teaching young children. Lessons often involve arts and crafts, storytelling, exercise and educational games. Teachers are also required to keep up with the latest developments in their field and make adjustments as necessary.

The classroom schedule is an important tool for teaching young children daily routines, such as going to the bathroom and washing hands. A well-planned schedule should also include time for rest and unstructured outdoor play.

Interaction With Parents

As an early education teacher, you’ll need to communicate your teaching philosophies and practices with families effectively. It’s important to foster two-way communication, including sharing both accomplishments and challenges. For example, some parents may not understand the significance of a rock or feather their child brings home, but to the educator these items represent learning goals being accomplished in class.