Preschool Teacher, Public School Licensing

States Licensed


of 50 states and D.C.


Burden Rank


for average burdens 1st is worst


Combined Rank


for states licensed x average burdens 1st is worst

Change from 2017 to 2022, if any:
Burden increased
Burden decreased
Mixed burden change
New license
Eliminated license
2022 Licensing Burden Rank
Lower Burden Rank
Higher Burden Rank
No state license

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Preschool teachers instruct children (normally up to five years of age) in activities designed to promote social, physical and intellectual growth needed for primary school in preschools, day care centers or other child development facilities. This report looks at requirements for teachers working in public preschools only. See Appendix B under “Public School Teacher” for more details.

2022 Snapshot

  • 1 unlicensed state
  • Days lost range from 730 (Ohio) to 2,927 (Missouri)
  • Fees range from $66 (Montana) to $1,010 (Connecticut)
  • 48 states require 1+ exam
  • 14 states set minimum age
  • 2 states set minimum grade

Changes Since 2017

  • No licenses created or removed
  • Fees changed in every state except Ohio and usually increased; experience increased in Delaware and Maine
  • Burden rank remained the second worst and combined rank remained the worst because the occupation failed to improve on either measure

2022 Licensing Burden in Detail

N New License
E Eliminated License

Data Notes: 2022 data collected between February 3, 2020, and March 18, 2022. Fees include charges for application review and license issuance; exams; background checks, credit reports and fingerprinting; recovery fund contributions; third-party certification; and certain fees for training courses. Calendar days lost were estimated based on required education and experience; except for amounts smaller than one day, days lost are rounded to whole days and thus may not reflect very small changes between 2017 and 2022. Appendix A details methods for estimating days lost and calculating burden ranks. Complete data, including revised 2017 data, are available at

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