Elementary School Teacher Career Field

elementary teacherCareer Overview

Elementary teachers or elementary school teachers are responsible for teaching students in elementary schools around our nation. Children in elementary school are generally ages 5 through about 12 or grades kindergarten through the sixth or seventh grade, depending on the school. Elementary school teachers focus on very critical educational foundation components like teaching students to read and write and also do basic math. Most of what is learned in the elementary school grades will be utilized as children proceed through their educational experiences in middle school, high school, and even in college.

Education & Licensing Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education
State Teaching License

Every state requires public elementary school teachers to have a state teaching license. This license is obtained by the State Board of Education and requires teachers to have a bachelor’s degree through an approved teacher training program. Some states are even beginning to require elementary teachers to have a master’s degree after they have been teaching for a certain amount of time. Teachers must often also complete continuing education courses to maintain their teaching license. Elementary school teachers in private schools are not always required to have a bachelor’s degree or a teaching license.

Coursework

Childhood Development and Learning Styles
Children’s Thinking and Additive Reasoning
Teaching Science in the Primary Grades
Social Studies for the Young Reader, Teaching Reading in Elementary School
Teaching Language Arts
21st. Century Literacy
Assessment of Learning and Behavior
Teaching Special Needs

Employment Trends

Job Availability as of May 2008 for: 1,549,500
Projected Employment in 2018 of: 1,793,700
Average Annual Salary for Elementary School Teachers in U.S. in 2008: $47,100

Top Colleges

Walden University
George Washington University
Strayer University
Ashford University
Kaplan University

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Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

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