Types of Degrees Kindergarten/Preschool Education Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many kindergarten/preschool education and teaching graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Kindergarten/Preschool Education Majors Need to Know
In an O*NET survey, kindergarten/preschool education and teaching majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.
Knowledge Areas for Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching Majors
According to O*NET survey takers, a major in kindergarten/preschool education and teaching should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:
- Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
- Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Skills for Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching Majors
When studying kindergarten/preschool education and teaching, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:
- Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Abilities for Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching Majors
As a kindergarten/preschool education and teaching major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:
- Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
What Can You Do With a Kindergarten/Preschool Education Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with kindergarten/preschool education and teaching:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education||8.0%||$55,470|
|Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education||10.5%||$29,780|
Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Kindergarten/Preschool Education?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of kindergarten/preschool education and teaching majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||168|
|Hispanic or Latino||98|
Students from other countries are interested in Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching, too. About 0.9% of those with this major are international students.
How Much Do Kindergarten/Preschool Education Majors Make?
Salaries According to BLS
Average salaries range from $34,410 to $58,370 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to kindergarten/preschool education and teaching. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.
To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Kindergarten/Preschool Education
Some careers associated with kindergarten/preschool education and teaching require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.
Find out what the typical degree level is for kindergarten/preschool education and teaching careers below.
|Education Level||Percentage of Workers|
|High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED)||14.8%|
|Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production)||5.3%|
|Some College Courses||6.2%|
|Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree)||5.9%|
|Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master.||9.5%|
Online Kindergarten/Preschool Education Programs
In 2018-2019, 157 schools offered a kindergarten/preschool education and teaching program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.
|Degree Level||Colleges Offering Programs||Colleges Offering Online Classes|
|Certificate (Less Than 1 Year)||29||10|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||13||1|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||3||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||0||0|
Is a Degree in Kindergarten/Preschool Education Worth It?
The median salary for a kindergarten/preschool education and teaching grad is $34,410 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
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Majors Related to Kindergarten/Preschool Education
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to kindergarten/preschool education and teaching.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|Early Childhood Education||31,056|
|Teacher Development & Methodology||5,446|
|Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching||3,330|
|Adult & Continuing Education||1,222|
|Montessori Teacher Education||360|
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
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