I taught preschool for 1 year before going back to college for elementary education.
I'm no longer a preschool teacher, but I still want to welcome you. I'm pretty sure there are a couple preschool teachers here.
Hi, Melanie! Welcome. I'm glad you decided to de-lurk! I'm at the oposite end of the spectrum from you. I'm now in higher ed after years in K-12. We have had some pre-school teachers here, but I haven't heard from any of them in a while. Maybe they are also lurking and will see your post.
It's always great to hear from a new person with new ideas and experiences. I'm glad you decided to become more active. I'll look forward to your posts.
Welcome Melanie! I did my student teaching in a preschool, as well as a special education preschool (my endorsements are Sped and ECE), but I no longer teach preschool. Have two kids in it though ;) I think one of their teachers in particular is one of the most gifted preschool teachers I've ever seen. She didn't intend to teach when she graduated college (her degree is not in education), but she's so awesome at it!
Anyway, welcome to the board!
Hi, Melanie. :)
When I was in college I worked as a Pre-K teacher. I'm Kindergarten ESE. Teaching K ESE is really weird. I'm part of Pre-K/K grouping, my room is an "early childhood placement." But I have to follow the same program and testing that the "Reading Initiative" (a county ESE thing) uses for grades K-5 instead of using an early childhood program. My kids also take the same tests as general ed students. So being part of "Pre-K/K" can be frustrating. BUT I still have to use Pre-K behavior manegment ideas for my younger students. Doing what general ed K-5 uses doesn't work for my kids. So it's nice to be able to fall back on being in the "Pre-K/K" ESE group of classroom manegement is nice.
My situation is unique in that the Pre-K (3
I have toyed with the thought of going back for a master's in elementary ed, but not sure how that would work with a bachelors in something else.
The program might be a transition to teaching program where you earn a masters and become certified to teach elementary, MS or HS depending on your bachelors. We have that an the university where I teach. With a preschool education degree, getting a K-5/6 certification should be possible.
Every state and university has differening requirements.