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Working As A Bilingual Teacher

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $46,972

    Average Salary

What Does A Bilingual Teacher Do

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers prepare younger students for future schooling by teaching them basic subjects such as math and reading. 

Duties

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers typically do the following:

  • Create lesson plans to teach students subjects, such as reading, science, social studies, and math
  • Teach students how to study and communicate with others
  • Observe students to evaluate their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses
  • Teach lessons they have planned to an entire class of students or to smaller groups
  • Grade students’ assignments to monitor their progress
  • Communicate with parents about their child’s progress
  • Work with students individually to help them overcome specific learning challenges
  • Prepare students for standardized tests required by the state
  • Develop and enforce classroom rules to teach children proper behavior
  • Supervise children outside of the classroom—for example, during lunchtime or recess

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers help students learn and apply important concepts. Many teachers use a hands-on approach to help students understand abstract concepts, solve problems, and develop critical thinking skills. For example, they may demonstrate how to do a science experiment and then have the students conduct the experiment themselves. They may have students work together to learn how to collaborate to solve problems.

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers generally teach kindergarten through fourth or fifth grade. However, in some schools, elementary school teachers may teach sixth, seventh, and eighth grade. They typically teach students several subjects throughout the day.

Some teachers may teach in a multilevel classroom that includes students across two or more grades. They may teach the same group of students for several years.

Kindergarten and elementary school students spend most of their day in one classroom. Teachers may escort students to assemblies; to classes taught by other teachers, such as art or music; or to recess. While students are away from the classroom, teachers plan lessons, grade assignments, or meet with other teachers and staff.

In some schools, teachers may work in subject specialization teams in which they teach one or two specific subjects, either English and social studies or math and science. Generally, students spend half their time with one teacher and half their time with the other.

Some kindergarten and elementary school teachers teach special classes, such as art, music, and physical education.

Some schools employ teachers of English as a second language (ESL) or English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). Both of these types of teachers work exclusively with students who are learning the English language, often referred to as English language learners (ELLs). The teachers work with students individually or in groups to help them improve their English language skills and to help them with assignments from other classes.

Students with learning disabilities or emotional or behavioral disorders are often taught in traditional classes. Kindergarten and elementary teachers work with special education teachers to adapt lesson plans to these students’ needs and monitor the students’ progress. In some cases, kindergarten and elementary school teachers may co-teach lessons with special education teachers.

Some teachers maintain websites to communicate with parents about students’ assignments, upcoming events, and grades. For students in higher grades, teachers may create websites or discussion boards to present information or to expand on a lesson taught in class.

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How To Become A Bilingual Teacher

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must have a bachelor’s degree. In addition, public school teachers must have a state-issued certification or license.

Education

All states require public kindergarten and elementary school teachers to have at least a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Some states also require kindergarten and elementary school teachers to major in a content area, such as math or science. They typically enroll in their college’s teacher preparation program and also take classes in education and child psychology in addition to those required by their major.

In teacher education programs, future teachers learn how to present information to young students and how to work with young students of varying abilities and backgrounds. Programs typically include fieldwork, such as student teaching. For information about teacher preparation programs in your state, visit teach.org.

Some states require all teachers to earn a master’s degree after receiving their teaching certification.

Private schools typically seek kindergarten and elementary school teachers who have a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require teachers in public schools to be licensed or certified. Those who teach in private schools are generally not required to be licensed. Most states require teachers to pass a background check.

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers are typically certified to teach early childhood grades, which are usually preschool through third grade, or elementary school grades, which are usually first through sixth grades or first through eighth grades.

Requirements for certification vary by state. In addition to earning a bachelor’s degree, they are required to complete a teacher preparation program and supervised experience in teaching, typically gained through student teaching. Some states require a minimum grade point average. States often require candidates to pass a general teaching certification test, as well as a test that demonstrates their knowledge of the subject they will teach. Although kindergarten and elementary school teachers typically do not teach only a single subject, they may be required to pass a content area test to earn their certification. For information on certification requirements in your state, visit teach.org.

Teachers are frequently required to complete annual professional development classes to keep their license. Some states require teachers to complete a master’s degree after receiving their certification.

All states offer an alternative route to certification for people who already have a bachelor’s degree but lack the education courses required for certification. Some alternative certification programs allow candidates to begin teaching immediately after graduation, under the supervision of an experienced teacher. These programs cover teaching methods and child development. After they complete the program, candidates are awarded full certification. Other programs require students to take classes in education before they can teach. Students may be awarded a master’s degree after completing one of these programs.

Training

In order to receive certification, teachers need to undergo a period of fieldwork, commonly referred to as student teaching. During student teaching, they work with a mentor teacher and get experience teaching students in a classroom setting. The amount of time required varies by state.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Teachers must collaborate with teacher assistants and special education teachers. In addition, they need to discuss students’ needs with parents and administrators.

Creativity. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must plan lessons that engage young students, adapting the lessons to different learning styles.

Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must respond with patience when students struggle with material.

Physical stamina. Working with kindergarten and elementary-aged students can be tiring. Teachers need to be able to physically, mentally, and emotionally keep up with the students.

Resourcefulness. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers need to be able to explain difficult concepts in terms that young students can understand. In addition, they must be able to get students engaged in learning and adapt their lessons to meet students’ needs.

Advancement

Experienced teachers can advance to serve as mentors to newer teachers or to become lead teachers. In these roles, they help less experienced teachers to improve their teaching skills.

With additional education or certification, teachers may become school counselors, school librarians, or instructional coordinators. Some become assistant principals or principals, both of which generally require additional schooling in education administration or leadership.

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Bilingual Teacher Career Paths

Bilingual Teacher
Language Teacher Instructor Education Director
Academic Dean
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Adjunct Instructor ESL Instructor
Academic Director
8 Yearsyrs
ESL Teacher Spanish Teacher Lead Teacher
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
ESL Teacher Instructor Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Educator Education Director School Director
Children's Ministries Director
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Assistant Principal
Curriculum Director
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Principal Adjunct Instructor Instructor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Secondary Teacher Adjunct Professor
Director Of Instruction
7 Yearsyrs
Teacher Lead Teacher
Director Of Preschool
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Case Manager Special Education Teacher
Director Of Special Education
11 Yearsyrs
Language Teacher Spanish Teacher Lead Teacher
Director Of Teacher Education
5 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Educator Instructor
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Kindergarten Teacher Lead Teacher Education Coordinator
Education Program Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Assistant Principal Middle School Principal
High School Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Teacher Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal
Middle School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Kindergarten Teacher Teacher Assistant Principal
School Director
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal
School Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Secondary Teacher Math Teacher Assistant Principal
Vice Principal
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Secondary Teacher 4.9 years
Bilingual Teacher 4.0 years
Teacher 3.8 years
Language Teacher 2.8 years
6th Grade Teacher 2.6 years
Mentor Teacher 2.5 years
4th Grade Teacher 2.4 years
Class Teacher 2.3 years
1st Grade Teacher 2.2 years
Teacher Internship 0.8 years
Student Teacher 0.7 years
Top Careers Before Bilingual Teacher
Teacher 26.9%
Internship 3.0%
Tutor 2.5%
Instructor 2.1%
Top Careers After Bilingual Teacher
Teacher 26.0%
Principal 3.5%
Instructor 2.8%
Educator 2.6%
Tutor 2.3%

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Bilingual Teacher Demographics

Gender

Female

69.9%

Male

26.8%

Unknown

3.3%
Ethnicity

Hispanic or Latino

47.4%

White

35.8%

Asian

7.6%

Black or African American

6.4%

Unknown

2.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

72.2%

French

4.5%

Portuguese

4.5%

Mandarin

3.0%

Italian

2.6%

Chinese

2.6%

German

2.6%

Arabic

1.5%

Korean

1.1%

Japanese

1.1%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Swahili

0.4%

Hindi

0.4%

Dutch

0.4%

Hmong

0.4%

Ukrainian

0.4%

Turkish

0.4%

Norwegian

0.4%

Bengali

0.4%

Russian

0.4%
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Bilingual Teacher Education

Schools

University of St. Thomas (Texas)

8.9%

University of Houston

7.6%

University of Texas at El Paso

7.6%

Lamar University

7.6%

Sam Houston State University

6.3%

University of Phoenix

6.3%

Grand Canyon University

5.7%

University of Texas at San Antonio

5.7%

Texas A&M University

5.1%

Stephen F Austin State University

4.4%

University of Texas at Austin

4.4%

National University

3.8%

Harvard University

3.8%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.8%

LIU Brooklyn

3.2%

Northern Arizona University

3.2%

New Mexico State University

3.2%

University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College

3.2%

Roosevelt University

3.2%

Nova Southeastern University

3.2%
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Majors

Education

16.4%

Elementary Education

13.7%

Educational Leadership

11.8%

Bilingual Education

11.1%

Business

6.7%

English

4.0%

Special Education

4.0%

School Counseling

3.4%

Curriculum And Instruction

3.2%

Early Childhood Education

3.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.2%

Accounting

2.7%

Communication

2.5%

Psychology

2.5%

Teaching English As A Second Language

2.5%

Interdisciplinary Studies

2.3%

Management

1.9%

Area Studies

1.9%

Linguistics

1.7%

Liberal Arts

1.5%
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Degrees

Masters

44.0%

Bachelors

23.8%

Other

16.2%

Certificate

7.2%

Doctorate

5.2%

Associate

2.7%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.4%
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Real Bilingual Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Bilingual Teacher San Jose Unified School District San Jose, CA May 06, 2015 $85,710
Bilingual Teacher San Jose Unified School District San Jose, CA Jul 19, 2015 $85,710
Bilingual Teacher Pajaro Valley Unified School District Watsonville, CA Oct 30, 2016 $73,669
Bilingual/Bicultural Teacher (Elementary) Special School District No. 1 Minneapolis, MN Apr 07, 2016 $71,735
Bilingual K-5 Teacher Oakland Unified School District Oakland, CA Sep 15, 2016 $68,657
Bilingual Teacher Oakland Unified School District Oakland, CA Jun 30, 2015 $67,296
Elementary Bilingual Teacher Alum Rock Union Elementary School District San Jose, CA Mar 10, 2016 $66,696
Elementary Bilingual Teacher Spring Branch Independent School District Houston, TX Jul 28, 2015 $64,150
English Spanish Bilingual Teacher Spring Branch Independent School District Houston, TX Apr 11, 2015 $64,000
Bilingual K-5 Teacher Oakland Unified School District Oakland, CA Jan 08, 2016 $63,503
Elementary Bilingual Teacher Fort Bend Independent School District Rosharon, TX Oct 09, 2016 $62,689
Elementary Bilingual Teacher Spring Branch Independent School District Houston, TX Mar 18, 2016 $51,279
Elementary Bilingual Teacher Spring Branch Independent School District Houston, TX Mar 18, 2015 $51,279
Elementary Bilingual Teacher Dallas Independent School District Dallas, TX May 17, 2016 $51,218
Elementary Bilingual Teacher Dallas Independent School District Dallas, TX Jul 10, 2015 $51,218
Elementary Bilingual Teacher Dallas Independent School District Dallas, TX May 18, 2015 $51,218
Elementary Bilingual Teacher Dallas Independent School District Dallas, TX Mar 11, 2015 $51,218
Elementary Bilingual Teacher Dallas Independent School District Dallas, TX Jun 26, 2015 $51,218
Elementary Bilingual Teacher Fort Worth Independent School District Fort Worth, TX Sep 04, 2015 $49,895
Elementary Bilingual Teacher Fort Worth Independent School District Fort Worth, TX Aug 24, 2015 $49,895 -
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Elementary Bilingual Teacher Cypress Fairbanks ISD Houston, TX Nov 12, 2015 $49,852
Bilingual Teacher Garland Independent School District Garland, TX Nov 28, 2015 $49,850
Bilingual Teacher Garland Independent School District Garland, TX Oct 22, 2016 $49,850
Bilingual Teacher Garland Independent School District Garland, TX Jun 01, 2015 $49,850
Elementary Bilingual Teacher Center Independent School District Center, TX Jul 20, 2015 $49,830

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Top Skills for A Bilingual Teacher

  1. Language
  2. Curriculum Goals
  3. Mathematics
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  • Charged with leading transitional class of English Language Learners to determine presence of disability and support regular education teacher with instruction.
  • Created instructional materials and published/read a variety of books to a public audience.Collaborated with fellow educators on curriculum goals and objectives.
  • Supervised and engaged in stimulating math learning centers utilizing various manipulative and Everyday Mathematics.
  • Provide individual tutoring on daily lesson plans for students having difficulty learning material.
  • Served as Grade Level Parental Involvement Coordinator.

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