Early grade teachers require different training
New America Foundation’s Laura Bornfreund examined teacher preparation, and found that differing training paths can lead to a problem for early grade teachers. Teachers can either obtain an early childhood degree, emphasizing pre-K to third grade, or they can obtain an elementary degree, for specific subjects in kindergarten through fifth grade. As a result, teachers either understand child learning but not subjects, or know what content is crucial but not how children learn that content. Bornfreund suggests states offer one license intended specifically for teaching pre-k and the early grades, allowing for a complete experience for young learners.