A preschool teacher is an early childhood educator who focuses his work on ages 3 through 5. Before becoming a preschool teacher in Oregon, there are a few requirements you must meet. Working with children is an important job and these requirements reflect its significance.
Preschool teachers in Oregon must complete schooling in early childhood education, child development, elementary education, special education or preschool education, according to Daycare.com. Schooling can be as minimal as 20 semester hours or 30 quarter hours if you have additional experience, or can be as much as a bachelor's degree in early childhood education, child development, elementary education or special education. Your place of work will determine how much education you need.
Prospective preschool teachers should have experience in a certified child care center or preschool program. If you are completing only the minimum schooling necessary to become a preschool teacher in Oregon, then you must complete at least one year of full-time experience in a certified child care center or preschool program. You can gain this experience working as an assistant teacher or volunteer.
Fingerprints on File
Preschool teachers are required to be fingerprinted through your local government when working with children in Oregon. You can contact your local police station for a list of available places where you can get fingerprinted.
CPR/First Aid Certification
Most preschools or child care facilities in Oregon will require you to be CPR and first aid-certified. If you get your certification done before applying for a job as a preschool teacher in Oregon, you will have a leg up on the competition.
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