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Career and Education Opportunities for Kindergarten Teachers in Santa Clara, California

If you want to be a kindergarten teacher, the Santa Clara, California area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. About 20,000 people are currently employed as kindergarten teachers in California. By 2016, this is expected to grow 29% to 25,800 people employed. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for kindergarten teachers are expected to grow by about 15.0%. In general, kindergarten teachers teach elemental natural and social science, personal hygiene, and literature to children from 4 to 6 years old.

The average wage in the general category of Primary and Secondary School Education jobs is $13 per hour or $54,227 per year in California, and an average of $11 per hour or $45,804 per year nationwide. Kindergarten teachers earn more than people working in the category of Primary and Secondary School Education generally in California and more than people in the Primary and Secondary School Education category nationally. Jobs in this field include: title one kindergarten teacher, elementary art teacher, and kindergarten / first grade teacher.

There are thirty-five schools of higher education in the Santa Clara area, including two within twenty-five miles of Santa Clara where you can get a degree to start your career as a kindergarten teacher. Given that the most common education level for kindergarten teachers is a Bachelor's degree, you can expect to spend about four years training to become a kindergarten teacher if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Kindergarten Teacher

In general, kindergarten teachers teach elemental natural and social science, personal hygiene, and literature to children from 4 to 6 years old. They also promote physical, mental, and social development.

Kindergarten teachers teach basic skills such as color, shape, number and letter recognition, personal hygiene, and social skills. They also maintain accurate and complete student records, and ready reports on children and activities, as required by laws and administrative regulations. Equally important, kindergarten teachers have to formulate and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guests, or other experiential efforts, and guide students in learning from those efforts. They are often called upon to attend professional meetings and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence. They are expected to organize and lead activities designed to promote physical and social development such as games, arts and crafts and storytelling. Finally, kindergarten teachers perform administrative duties such as assisting in school libraries, hall and cafeteria monitoring, and bus loading and unloading.

Every day, kindergarten teachers are expected to be able to understand what others are saying to them even in a noisy environment. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.

It is important for kindergarten teachers to administer standardized ability and achievement tests, and interpret results to establish children's developmental levels and needs. They are often called upon to assimilate arriving children to the school environment by greeting them, helping them remove outerwear, and selecting efforts of interest to them. They also meet with parents and guardians to consider their children's progress, and to establish their priorities for their children and their resource needs. They are sometimes expected to establish and enforce rules for behavior, and policies and procedures to maintain order among students. Somewhat less frequently, kindergarten teachers are also expected to furnish disabled students with assistive devices and assistance accessing facilities such as restrooms.

Kindergarten teachers sometimes are asked to read books to entire classes or to small groups. And finally, they sometimes have to guide and counsel students with adjustment or academic problems, or special academic interests.

Like many other jobs, kindergarten teachers must be reliable and have strong self control in the face of challenging situations.

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  • Curator. Administer affairs of museum and conduct research programs. Direct instructional, research, and public service activities of institution.
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  • High School Special Education Teacher. Teach secondary school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. Includes teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students and those who teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally impaired.
  • High School Teacher. Instruct students in secondary public or private schools in one or more subjects at the secondary level, such as English, mathematics, or social studies. May be designated according to subject matter specialty, such as typing instructors, commercial teachers, or English teachers.
  • Middle School Teacher. Teach students in public or private schools in one or more subjects at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable State laws and regulations.
  • Preschool Teacher. Instruct children (normally up to 5 years of age) 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.
  • Special Education Teacher. Teach middle school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. Includes teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students and those who teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally impaired.
  • Special Needs Teacher. Teach elementary and preschool school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. Includes teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students and those who teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally impaired.
  • Teaching Assistant. Perform duties that are instructional in nature or deliver direct services to students or parents. Serve in a position for which a teacher or another professional has ultimate responsibility for the design and implementation of educational programs and services.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Kindergarten Teacher Training

Bethany University - Scotts Valley, CA

Bethany University, 800 Bethany Dr, Scotts Valley, CA 95066-2898. Bethany University is a small university located in Scotts Valley, California. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 507 students and an admission rate of 70%. Bethany University has a bachelor's degree program in Early Childhood Education and Teaching which graduated seven students in 2008.

San Jose State University - San Jose, CA

San Jose State University, 1 Washington Sq, San Jose, CA 95192-0001. San Jose State University is a large university located in San Jose, California. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 32,749 students and an admission rate of 64%. San Jose State University has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree program in Early Childhood Education and Teaching which graduated 132 and thirteen students respectively in 2008.

LICENSES

Teacher Credentials

Licensing agency: California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Address: 1900 Capitol Avenue, P.O. Box 944270, Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 445-7254
Website: California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

LOCATION INFORMATION: Santa Clara, California

Santa Clara, California
Santa Clara, California photo by Coolcaesar

Santa Clara is located in Santa Clara County, California. It has a population of over 110,200, which has grown by 7.7% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Santa Clara, 158, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Santa Clara cost $196,500 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, forty-three new homes were constructed in Santa Clara, down from eighty-five the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Santa Clara are computer and electronic products, professional, scientific, and technical services, and educational services. For men, it is computer and electronic products, professional, scientific, and technical services, and construction. The average commute to work is about 22 minutes. More than 42.4% of Santa Clara residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 16.6%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Santa Clara is 10.9%, which is less than California's average of 12.3%.

The percentage of Santa Clara residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 43.2%, is less than both the national and state average. Peace Lutheran Church, Good News Community Church and Universal Church of the Master are some of the churches located in Santa Clara. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Muslim Estimate.

Santa Clara is home to the Santa Clara Unified School District Office and the Santa Clara Municipal Golf Course as well as Westwood Acres Park and Washington Park. Shopping centers in the area include Moonlite Shopping Center, Fairway Glen Shopping Center and Youth Shopping Center.