I teach in Maryland. In order to teach Kindergarten in MD you need to have a Bachelor's Degree AND be certified in Early Childhood Education. You do not need to major in education, but during your coursework for your undergraduate degree you must take certain classes required by the state and complete a set number of observation and student teaching hours. However, there are tons of these classes and hundreds of observation/ST hours, but they are all covered in an education program, so it is in your best interest to just go ahead and major in education. You will also be required to take the Praxis I and Praxis II (Early Childhood) exams and recieve passing scores. MD also requires you to get your Masters Degree within 10 years.
There are some "in need" areas that will hire you without your certification, but you must already have a 4 year degree. They hire you on a provisional status and you must be working towards your certification. They will help to pay for some of your classes.
There are lots of institutions in MD with less expensive tuitions. You can always apply for scholarships, grants, and loans. Going part time is also an option.
Check out www.marylandpublicschools.org
click on the certification link and it will give you lots of info on what you need to teach in the state.
I teach in Maryland and have taught Kindergarten in the past
· 1 decade ago