Kindergarten Teacher

By: Kindra Sargent


Kindergarten teachers tend to help children explore their interests and develop their tealents. They help the kids build self-esteem and learn how to behave with others. In addition to taking care of cildren's basic needs, they organize activities to help children grown and learn. Teachers plan games and tasks that foster children's physical, emotional, mental, and social grwoth. Kindergarten teachers spend most of their day working with children. However, they also meet with parents to discuss each child's progress records. They suggest ways in which the parents can improve their child's development at home.

Helpful High School Courses

  • Advanced Courses
  • Work-Based Training
  • Child-Care
  • Child Development
  • Parenting
  • Psychology
  • Safety and First Aid

Skills and Abilities

  • Listening Skills
  • Patience
  • Creativity
  • Develop Rules
  • Maintain Guidelines
  • Read and understand written information
  • Manage the time of self and others
  • Go back and forth between two or more activites or sorces of information without becoming confused
  • Be aware of others' reactions and change behavior in relation to them
  • Look for ways to help people
  • Solve problems by bringing others together to discuss differences
  • Persuade others to approach things differently
  • Determine the tools and equipment to do a job

Working Conditions

  • Have a high level of social interaction-spend most time interacting with children and parents
  • Often placed in conflict situations
  • Responsible for the health and safety of young children
  • Must sometimes deal with unpleasant or angry children or adults
  • Communicate with coworkers, parents, and children in person, on phone, or through email on a daily basis
  • Often work indoors, but sometimes outside while supervising activities
  • Must meet strict deadlines on a monthly basis
  • Make decisions on a weekly basis that strongly impact parents and children
  • Usually have a set schedule each week
  • Around 40 hours a week
  • May work extra unpaid hours on planning, parent meetings, and other non-classroom duties
  • Usually work a ten month school year with a two month summer vacation


  • High School Diploma or GED
  • At least a Bachelor's Degree
  • complete an early childhood education or teacher education program
  • complete a student teacher internship
  • pass a state licensing exam

Career Field

Human Services


  • Minnesota: $49,410
  • United States: $49,520

Employment Outlook

  • Minnesota: 2%
  • United States: 4%

Related Occupations

  • Daycare
  • Elementary Teacher
  • Early Childhood

Programs of Study

  • Education
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Child Development

Program Choice

Elementary Education and Training


In the program Elementary Education and Training, they prepare people to teach all subject areas to children. They learn how to make lesson plans and projects designed to motivate and challenge students. They also learn to work with the children and their families.

Program Admission

  • 4 years English
  • 3 years Math
  • 3 years Social Studies
  • 2 years Second Language
  • Good Grades

Typical Course Work

  • Child Psychology
  • Diagnosis and Learning Disabilities
  • Diversity in the Classroom
  • Educational Psychology
  • Guidence of Social Behavior
  • Health
  • Art
  • Reading
  • Math
  • Music
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Related Programs

  • Education, General
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Child Care and Services Management

Schools that offer this Program

  • Bimidji State University
  • Metropolitan State University
  • MSU-Mankato
  • MSU-Moorhead
  • Normandale Community College
  • Southwest MSU
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Winona State University

College Name

Minnesota State University

Location of College

Mankato, Minnesota

Enrollment of College



  • Type of School: 4 year
  • School Setting: Urban
  • Location and Size of nearest city: Mankato; 52,703
  • Co-ed
  • Religious Affiliation: None

Admission Requirements

If you are in the top 50% of your class and meet college prep standards you are basically automatically in.

If you are not top 50% but you have a 21 or higher on the ACT, good standards, and a good class rank you should be just fine.


  • Major offered: Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Accreditation: yes
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 25:1
  • Typical Class Size: 2-9 students: 13% of classes, 10-19 students: 21% of classes, 20-29 students: 31% of classes, 30-39 students: 18% of classes, 40-49 students: 7% of classes, 50-59 students: 8% of classes, Over 100 students: 3% of classes

College Expenses

  • Tuition: $7,532/year
  • Room and Board: $6,470/year
  • Estimated Total Budget: $14,000+/year
  • Application Fee: $20

Financial Aid

  • Deadline to Apply: For fall term- March 15th
  • Required Forms Needed: FAFSA, Student Aid Report
  • Scholarships Available: Chemistry


  • Resident Hall: 9 Different Halls- Laundry and Kitchen in rooms or on floor
  • Food Plan: Tons of choices, they vary as well.


  • Theatre
  • Dance
  • Volleyball
  • Swimming/Diving
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Track and Field
  • Cross Country
  • Softball
  • Soccer
  • Golf
  • Tennis

Campus Visit

You can visit MSU Campus Daily at 9:30 and 1:30, Mondays through Thursdays

There is also an option for Fridays. It is called Fire Up Fridays. It is at 9am or 1pm. It runs for 30 minutes and a presentation is first given by administrators but then students take over.

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