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Teaching Kindergarten with Associate's Degree?

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Can you teach kindergarten with an associate's degree?

Answer:
Becoming a kindergarten teacher can be a rewarding experience. As a teacher of young children, you get the pleasure everyday of watching little faces light up when they figure out a problem on their own, read a word outloud for the first time, or make a new friend.

To become kindergarten teacher in a public school you must earn a bachelor's degree in education and a obtain a teaching license. Some private schools across the county are more flexible in their requirements and may hire teachers who have a bachelor's degree in another field and are not yet licensed.

If you are interested in becoming a kindergarten teacher, and want the best chance for employment, I recommend enrolling in a teacher preparation bachelor's degree program to start. These programs generally can be completed in four years. If you have already earned an associate's degree, however, there is good news. You may be able to transfer credit hours, sometimes up to 60 of them, when you begin your bachelor's program. In this case, it may only take you another 2 years to earn a bachelor's degree.

You can find bachelor's degree programs in elementary education at numerous colleges and universities, including online universities. I wish you luck as you search for a teacher education program and begin your career as a kindergarten teacher.

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