Kindergarten Teacher  What They Do

Just the Facts


Teaches elemental natural and social science, personal hygiene, music, art, and literature to kindergarten students. Promotes physical, mental, and social development. May be required to hold State certification.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Teaching/Training pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Establishes and enforces rules for behavior and policies and procedures to maintain order among students.
  • Prepares children for later grades by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
  • Instructs students individually and in groups, adapting teaching methods to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Teaches basic skills, such as color, shape, number and letter recognition, personal hygiene, and social skills.
  • Demonstrates activities to children.
  • Reads books to entire classes or to small groups.
  • Guides and counsels students with adjustment or academic problems or special academic interests.
  • Observes and evaluates children's performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Provides a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate, and use, both in learning activities and in imaginative play.
  • Prepares and implements remedial programs for students requiring extra help.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Bilingual Kindergarten Teacher --
  • Classroom Teacher --
  • Educator --
  • Instructor --
  • Kinder Teacher --
  • Kindergarten Classroom Teacher --
  • Teacher -- Plans, organizes and implements an appropriate instructional program in a learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential.
  • Title One Kindergarten Teacher --
  • Transitional Kindergarten Teacher --