How To Become A Certified Preschool Teacher
If you are interested in becoming a school teacher, or more specifically, a preschool teacher, then you should consider studying a teacher education programme focusing on preschool education.
By becoming a teacher, you become a part of providing quality education to all learners, and making a better future for all.
Do I qualify to become a teacher?
In order to become a teacher, you have to:
- Currently be in Grade 12 or possess a Matric certificate
- Want to complete a teaching qualification; or
- Make a career change and become a teacher.
You can choose to study one of the following courses:
- A four year Bachelor of education degree (B.Ed.)
- A three or four year Bachelor’s degree, followed by a one year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
These are not the only teacher education programmes available. You can also study other courses through education colleges. Please note: It is advised to check what the policies and qualification requirements are of the school at which you are interested in working, in order to be considered for a preschool teaching position.
You can also choose to study additional courses in first aid, early childhood development, or health, safety and nutrition for young children. Certification in these fields will be a bonus to your qualification, knowledge and skill set, and employers will be more likely to employ you.
You can study these extra courses though distance learning, meaning you can study one of these courses while you are busy with your teacher education qualification.
If you would like to find out more about these courses or the distance learning colleges that offer them, click on the button below.
Preschool teacher assistants
You can also choose to become a preschool teacher assistant. A preschool teacher assistant supports the preschool teacher by helping with class and pupil management, spending one-on-one time with all the children, making sure that all the pupils have what they need, and communicating back to the teacher if they pick up on something that needs extra attention.