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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

  • $43,121

    Average Salary

What Does An Education Instructor 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 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.

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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Education Instructor Career Paths

Education Instructor
Educator Case Manager Special Education Teacher
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Co-Owner Service Technician
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Associate Director Director Of Admissions
Campus Director
7 Yearsyrs
Educator Program Coordinator Human Resources Coordinator
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Substitute Teacher Lead Teacher
Director Of Preschool
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Social Worker Special Education Teacher
Director Of Special Education
12 Yearsyrs
Program Assistant Preschool Teacher Pre-K Teacher
Director Of Teacher Education
5 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Sales Consultant Training Manager
Director, Learning And Development
12 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Program Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Instructor Program Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Environmental Educator Science Teacher Assistant Principal
High School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager Program Director
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Environmental Educator Educator Assistant Principal
Middle School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Project Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Program Director Adjunct Instructor Instructor
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Director General Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Assistant Principal
School Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Education Director Science Teacher
Vice Principal
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Instructor 2.8 years
ESL Instructor 2.7 years
Lead Instructor 2.5 years
Program Instructor 2.2 years
Top Employers Before
Teacher 12.1%
Instructor 11.4%
Internship 10.2%
Volunteer 5.7%
Educator 4.4%
Director 4.3%
Supervisor 4.0%
Top Employers After
Instructor 13.6%
Teacher 11.7%
Director 5.9%
Internship 5.7%
Volunteer 4.7%
Educator 4.3%
Consultant 4.0%
Owner 3.2%
Manager 3.0%

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Education Instructor Demographics

Gender

Female

56.7%

Male

41.2%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

81.7%

Hispanic or Latino

9.7%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.1%

French

12.0%

Arabic

7.7%

Russian

3.4%

Chinese

3.4%

German

3.4%

Mandarin

2.6%

Italian

2.6%

Vietnamese

1.7%

Hindi

1.7%

Japanese

1.7%

Cherokee

0.9%

Somali

0.9%

Korean

0.9%

Shan

0.9%

Danish

0.9%

Bulgarian

0.9%

Bengali

0.9%

Thai

0.9%

Occidental

0.9%
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Education Instructor Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.7%

Walden University

8.9%

Capella University

7.7%

Central Michigan University

5.6%

Ashford University

5.2%

Liberty University

5.2%

Michigan State University

4.8%

Community College of the Air Force

4.4%

University of Alabama

4.0%

Wayland Baptist University

4.0%

Texas A&M University

4.0%

Florida State University

4.0%

New York University

3.6%

East Carolina University

3.6%

Nova Southeastern University

3.6%

Northern Arizona University

3.6%

Northern Illinois University

3.6%

Kaplan University

3.6%

Case Western Reserve University

3.2%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.2%
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Majors

Education

13.8%

Business

12.0%

Elementary Education

9.1%

Nursing

7.1%

Educational Leadership

6.7%

Psychology

6.5%

Biology

4.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

4.1%

Environmental Science

3.7%

English

3.6%

School Counseling

3.3%

Management

3.3%

Special Education

3.2%

Human Resources Management

3.1%

Recreation Management

3.1%

Criminal Justice

2.9%

Counseling Psychology

2.9%

Curriculum And Instruction

2.7%

Political Science

2.5%

History

2.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.3%

Masters

32.3%

Other

17.6%

Doctorate

6.1%

Associate

5.0%

Certificate

3.5%

License

0.6%

Diploma

0.6%
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Real Education Instructor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Instructor Educational Fellow Emergency Medicine Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA Jun 20, 2015 $90,000
Instructor/Educational Fellow Thomas Jefferson University Hospital 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
Bilingual Education Instructor East Aurora School District 131 Aurora, IL Apr 20, 2016 $55,777
Bilingual Education Instructor East Aurora School District 131 Aurora, IL Jul 29, 2015 $55,777
Medical Educator and Instructor The Institute of Medical Boards Overland Park, KS May 09, 2016 $55,000
Instructional & Recreation Heath Education Coordin Hippocrates Health Institute, Inc. West Palm Beach, FL Sep 01, 2013 $50,000
Educational Instructor/Administrator Plano ABC Day School Inc. Plano, TX May 01, 2016 $46,779
Educational Instructor/Administrator Plano ABC Day School Inc. Plano, TX Jul 13, 2015 $46,779
Conductive Education Instructor Conductive Education Center of Orlando, Inc. Winter Park, FL Sep 27, 2010 $45,000
Instructor-Educator University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH Aug 15, 2015 $45,000
English Education Instructor Intercultural Institute of California San Francisco, CA Sep 15, 2012 $41,740
Instructor of Continuum Education In Implant Dentistry David A. Bennett, DDS, Pa Miami, FL Apr 23, 2009 $41,420
Conductive Education Instructor (Conductor) Colorado Foundation for Conductive Education Loveland, CO Oct 01, 2009 $40,000
Conductive Education Instructor (Conductor) Colorado Foundation for Conductive Education Loveland, CO Sep 01, 2009 $40,000
Instructor of Deaf Education University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Chickasha, OK Apr 11, 2015 $40,000
Conductive Education Instructor Conductive Education Center of Orlando, Inc. Winter Park, FL May 03, 2013 $39,440
Conductive Education Instructor Conductive Education Center of Orlando, Inc. Winter Park, FL Jun 10, 2013 $39,440
Upper School History/Global Education Instructor Ravenscroft School, Inc. Raleigh, NC Jan 08, 2013 $38,714
Upper School History/Global Education Instructor Ravenscroft School, Inc. Raleigh, NC Jan 09, 2013 $38,714

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Top Skills for An Education Instructor

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  1. Classroom Management
  2. Instructional Materials
  3. Lesson Plans
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  • Designed and implemented new positive reinforcement classroom management plan.
  • Planned and implemented project based instruction and instructional materials.
  • Designed and executed literacy lesson plans for leveled guided reading groups.
  • Replaced old structures to meet safety regulations for the camp's upcoming American Camping Association (ACA) accreditation review.
  • Trained students in properly understanding the basic principles of 1st through 12th grade mathematics.

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