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Career and Education Opportunities for Kindergarten Teachers in Columbia, Missouri

Columbia, Missouri provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for kindergarten teachers. There are currently 3,740 working kindergarten teachers in Missouri; this should grow 13% to 4,220 working kindergarten teachers in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as 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 $11 per hour or $38,735 per year in Missouri, and an average of $11 per hour or $45,804 per year nationwide. Earnings for kindergarten teachers are better than earnings in the general category of Primary and Secondary School Education in Missouri and better than general Primary and Secondary School Education category earnings nationally. Kindergarten teachers work in a variety of jobs, including: elementary art teacher, classroom teacher, and art teacher.

There are four schools within twenty-five miles of Columbia where you can study to be a kindergarten teacher, among thirteen schools of higher education total in the Columbia area. Kindergarten teachers usually hold a Bachelor's degree, so you can expect to spend about four years studying to be 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.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Columbia include:

  • Elementary School Teacher. Teach pupils in public or private schools at the elementary level basic academic, social, and other formative skills.
  • English Professor. Teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature.
  • 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.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Kindergarten Teacher Training

Lincoln University - Jefferson City, MO

Lincoln University, 820 Chestnut, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0029. Lincoln University is a small university located in Jefferson City, Missouri. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 3,109 students. Lincoln University has an associate's degree program in Early Childhood Education and Teaching which graduated five students in 2008.

Central Methodist University-College of Graduate & Extended Studies - Fayette, MO

Central Methodist University-College of Graduate & Extended Studies, 411 Central Methodist Square, Fayette, MO 65248-1198. Central Methodist University-College of Graduate & Extended Studies is a small university located in Fayette, Missouri. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 2,373 students. Central Methodist University-College of Graduate & Extended Studies has a bachelor's degree program in Early Childhood Education and Teaching which graduated fourteen students in 2008.

Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Fayette, MO

Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, 411 Central Methodist Square, Fayette, MO 65248-1198. Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is a small university located in Fayette, Missouri. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 1,031 students and an admission rate of 66%. Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts & Sciences has a bachelor's degree program in Early Childhood Education and Teaching which graduated one student in 2008.

University of Missouri-Columbia - Columbia, MO

University of Missouri-Columbia, 105 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211. University of Missouri-Columbia is a large university located in Columbia, Missouri. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 30,130 students and an admission rate of 85%. University of Missouri-Columbia has a bachelor's degree program in Early Childhood Education and Teaching which graduated twenty-one students in 2008.

LICENSES

Teachers and Instructors, All Other

Phone: (573) 751-0051
Website: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Division of Teacher Quality & Urban Education

LOCATION INFORMATION: Columbia, Missouri

Columbia, Missouri
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Columbia is situated in Boone County, Missouri. It has a population of over 100,733, which has grown by 19.2% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Columbia, 85, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Columbia are valued at $171,800 on average, which is below the state average. In 2008, three hundred thirty-five new homes were constructed in Columbia, down from six hundred fifty-three the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Columbia are educational services, health care, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is educational services, accommodation and food services, and health care. The average travel time to work is about 15 minutes. More than 50.5% of Columbia residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 24.0%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Columbia is 6.8%, which is less than Missouri's average of 8.9%.

The percentage of Columbia residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 40.9%, is less than both the national and state average. Sugar Grove Church, Fairview Church and Emmanuel Church are among the churches located in Columbia. The most common religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the Catholic Church and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Columbia is home to the Columbia Country Club and the Columbia Plaza as well as Nickell Park and Stephens Park. Shopping centers in the area include Whitegate Shopping Center, North County Shopping Center and Biscayne Mall. Visitors to Columbia can choose from Churchill's, Columbia Super 8 Motel and Arrow Head Motel LLC for temporary stays in the area.