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Become An Education Instructor

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Working As An Education Instructor

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

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $41,740

    Average Salary

What Does An Education Instructor Do

An Education Instructor is responsible for planning, developing, and delivering appropriate individualized educational services. They provide individualized instruction to each student through promoting interactive learning lessons and create, and they distribute educational content, such as notes and summaries.

How To Become An Education Instructor

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


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.


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.


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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Real Education Instructor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Instructor/Educational Fellow Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Philadelphia, PA Jun 20, 2015 $90,000
Instructor Educational Fellow Emergency Medicine Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA Jun 20, 2015 $90,000
Senior Education Instructor Tibco Software, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Feb 23, 2014 $83,900
Education Instructor Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training El Sobrante, CA Jul 12, 2016 $72,000
Upper School History/Global Education Instructor Ravenscroft School, Inc. Raleigh, NC Oct 01, 2012 $67,828
Instructor/Director of Education Bobum Corporation Dallas, TX Oct 01, 2011 $66,000
Professor of Instruction, Education The University of Akron Akron, OH Dec 08, 2016 $60,000
Upper School History/Global Education Instructor Ravenscroft School, Inc. Raleigh, NC Oct 01, 2015 $56,829
Robotics and Stem Education Instructor Learning Through Robotics LLC Provo, UT Sep 03, 2013 $56,180
Robotics and Stem Education Instructor Learning Through Robotics Provo, UT Sep 06, 2013 $56,180

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Top Skills for An Education Instructor


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Top Education Instructor Skills

  1. Classroom Management
  2. Curriculum Development
  3. Lesson Plans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Facilitate classroom management and appropriate discipline within public school setting.
  • Assist and help with curriculum development and modifications.
  • Designed and executed literacy lesson plans for leveled guided reading groups.
  • Developed health promotion programs, revised established doctrine, environmental protection plans, safety, and risk management strategies.
  • Trained students in properly understanding the basic principles of 1st through 12th grade mathematics.

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