Occupation Summary

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

O*NET 25-2011.00


Instruct preschool-aged children 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.

Annual Wages:
Employment Rate:
Employment is expected to increase by 19.11%.
Education Level:
Some College Courses. According to O*Net, the majority of people employed in this occupation have this level of education.
Public Service

  1. Provide a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate, and use, both in learning activities and in imaginative play.
  2. Attend to children's basic needs by feeding them, dressing them, and changing their diapers.
  3. Teach basic skills, such as color, shape, number and letter recognition, personal hygiene, and social skills.
  4. Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order.
  5. Read books to entire classes or to small groups.
  6. Organize and lead activities designed to promote physical, mental, and social development, such as games, arts and crafts, music, storytelling, and field trips.
  7. Observe and evaluate children's performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  8. Identify children showing signs of emotional, developmental, or health-related problems and discuss them with supervisors, parents or guardians, and child development specialists.
  9. Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and needs, determine their priorities for their children, and suggest ways that they can promote learning and development.
  10. Enforce all administration policies and rules governing students.
  11. Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
  12. Teach proper eating habits and personal hygiene.
  13. Serve meals and snacks in accordance with nutritional guidelines.
  14. Assimilate arriving children to the school environment by greeting them, helping them remove outerwear, and selecting activities of interest to them.
  15. Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  16. Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to children.
  17. Demonstrate activities to children.
  18. Arrange indoor and outdoor space to facilitate creative play, motor-skill activities, and safety.
  19. Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
  20. Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.
  21. Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  22. Organize and label materials and display students' work in a manner appropriate for their ages and perceptual skills.
  23. Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
  24. Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
  25. Supervise, evaluate, and plan assignments for teacher assistants and volunteers.
  26. Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of preschool programs.
  27. Attend staff meetings and serve on committees as required.
  28. Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
  29. Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guests, or other experiential activities and guide students in learning from those activities.
  30. Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.
  31. Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms.
  32. Perform administrative duties, such as hall and cafeteria monitoring and bus loading and unloading.
  33. Administer tests to help determine children's developmental levels, needs, and potential.
  34. Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.

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National Industry Employment Patterns

Industry % of Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education employed Annual Growth Rate
Child day care services 57.3 1.04

Labor Market Information

2018 Statewide average hourly wage $16.81
2018 National average hourly wage $16.54
2016 National employment 478,500
2016 Texas employment 32,667
Texas projected employment by 2026 38,909
Texas projected annual employment and Turnover openings through 2026 4,076

* Due to confidentiality rules, not all regions may have the data displayed. The sum of all the regions may not be equal to the state total.

Top 10 Relevant Knowledge Areas Relevant Importance Levels
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.
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.
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.
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.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Philosophy and Theology
Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
Therapy and Counseling
Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Communications and Media
Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Top 10 Relevant Skill Areas Relevant Importance Levels
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.
Teaching others how to do something.
Social Perceptiveness
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
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.
Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Reading Comprehension
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Service Orientation
Actively looking for ways to help people.

Top 10 Relevant Abilities Relevant Importance Levels
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.
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.
Speech Clarity
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Speech Recognition
The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Information Ordering
The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Fluency of Ideas
The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Deductive Reasoning
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Written Comprehension
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

  • Thinking Creatively
    -- Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
    -- Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
    -- Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
    -- Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
    -- Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Other Activities

  • Adapt activities to meet participant needs
  • Administer standardized or state-mandated assessments
  • Apply early childhood education techniques
  • Assist individuals with dressing, undressing, grooming, or bathing
  • Assist students with classes, courses, or extracurricular activities
  • Communicate individual or group progress
  • Compile itinerary of planned meetings or activities
  • Conduct field trips
  • Conduct fund raising activities
  • Conduct parent conferences
  • Confer with parents to determine student needs or develop programs
  • Confer with school personnel to determine student needs or develop programs
  • Correct grammar, punctuation, or spelling in written materials
  • Demonstrate physical activities
  • Design informational presentations
  • Determine nutritional needs or diet restrictions
  • Determine nutritional value of foods
  • Determine student learning levels
  • Determine student problems
  • Develop course or training objectives
  • Develop instructional materials
  • Develop instructional programs
  • Develop teaching aids
  • Encourage group and organizational participation
  • Establish relationships with students
  • Evaluate instructional curricula
  • Evaluate instructional material
  • Evaluate instructional programs
  • Evaluate student performance
  • Evaluate students for needs, skills, or educational potential
  • Identify childhood or adolescent diseases
  • Identify home safety hazards
  • Identify physical or emotional abuse
  • Instruct participants in recreational or fitness activities
  • Lead indoor or outdoor games
  • Lead recreational activities
  • Maintain business or financial records, reports, or files
  • Maintain educational or training-related records, reports, or files
  • Maintain group discipline in an educational setting
  • Maintain safe environment for children
  • Manage classroom activities
  • Mentor individuals in the workplace
  • Mentor parents in educational setting
  • Mentor students
  • Monitor children to detect signs of ill health or emotional disturbance
  • Monitor student classroom activities
  • Monitor student progress
  • Organize educational material or ideas
  • Perform continuing education to maintain licenses, certifications, qualifications, and knowledge currency
  • Plan esteem building activities for children
  • Plan social behavior learning activities
  • Plan student extra-curricular activities
  • Prepare audio-visual teaching aids
  • Provide care for children or adolescents
  • Provide constructive feedback
  • Relay information to supervisor or officials
  • Report physical or emotional abuse
  • Resolve academic problems
  • Resolve behavioral problems in school setting
  • Respond to employee or worker concerns
  • Respond to parent or student concerns
  • Schedule meetings, activities, classes, or events
  • Schedule student field trips
  • Select method of instruction
  • Select teaching materials
  • Serve food or beverages
  • Serve on academic, scientific, and advisory committees
  • Serve on planning, governance, or administrative committees
  • Set-up equipment for demonstrations or presentations
  • Supervise subordinate personnel or contractors
  • Teach correct eating habits
  • Teach food or nutrition principles
  • Teach mentally or emotionally-impaired students
  • Teach others how to use audio-visual materials
  • Teach parenting techniques
  • Teach personal hygiene
  • Teach social skills
  • Update educational curriculum
  • Upload data to website or online server for information sharing

  • Achievement
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Relationships
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.


Balance or gross motor equipment: Play structures;

Board games: Educational board games;

Building blocks: Toy block sets;

Cognitive toys: Educational toys;

Compact disk players or recorders: Compact disk CD players;

Desktop computers: Desktop computers;

Digital cameras: Compact digital cameras;

Emergency medical services first aid kits: Emergency first aid kits;

Personal computers: Personal computers;

Photocopiers: Photocopying equipment;

Puzzles: Educational puzzles;

Sand or water tables or activity centers: Sand tables; Water tables;

Tactile toys: Pegboards;


Computer based training software: Children's educational software;

Data base user interface and query software: Data entry software;

Electronic mail software: Email software;

Spreadsheet software: Microsoft Excel;

Word processing software: Microsoft Word;

Related O*NET occupational titles for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education include:
  • 39-9011.00 Childcare Workers
  • 25-2021.00 Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
  • 25-2012.00 Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education
  • 25-2022.00 Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
  • 39-9011.01 Nannies
  • 39-9032.00 Recreation Workers
  • 39-9041.00 Residential Advisors
  • 25-3021.00 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers
  • 21-1093.00 Social and Human Service Assistants
  • 25-9041.00 Teacher Assistants

Sources of Additional Information
  • For more information about early childhood education, visit: National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • For more information about professional credentials, visit: Council for Professional Recognition
  • Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

  • Contact Texas Workforce Commission
    Labor Market and Career Information  |  101 E. 15th Street, Annex Room 0252  |  Austin, Texas 78778
    Official Website  |  1-800-822-PLAN (7526)  |  512.936.3200

    ** The information in this report may be derived from many sources like O*NET, BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), OOH (Occupational Outlook Handbook), and Career One Stop.