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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.
Hispanic or Latino9.6%
Black or African American0.5%
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University of Phoenix15.7%
Michigan State University5.2%
Northern Illinois University4.9%
Central Michigan University4.5%
Florida State University4.2%
University of Alabama3.8%
Community College of the Air Force3.8%
Nova Southeastern University3.8%
Northern Arizona University3.8%
Appalachian State University3.5%
New York University3.5%
East Carolina University3.5%
Wayland Baptist University3.5%
Case Western Reserve University3.5%
Grand Canyon University3.5%
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|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|
|Bilingual Education Instructor||East Aurora School District 131||Aurora, IL||Jul 29, 2015||$55,777|
|Bilingual Education Instructor||East Aurora School District 131||Aurora, IL||Apr 20, 2016||$55,777|
|Medical Educator and Instructor||The Institute of Medical Boards||Overland Park, KS||May 09, 2016||$55,000|
|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|
|Instructor-Educator||University of Cincinnati||Cincinnati, OH||Aug 15, 2015||$45,000|
|Conductive Education Instructor||Conductive Education Center of Orlando, Inc.||Winter Park, FL||Sep 27, 2010||$45,000|
|Art Education Instructor (Museum Studies)||Inst. of Am.Indian&Alaska Native Culture&Arts DEVL||Santa Fe, NM||Jan 04, 2010||$44,030|
|Educational Software Instructors||Rediker Software Inc.||Hampden, MA||Oct 28, 2016||$43,742|
|Conductive Education Instructor||Conductive Education Center of Orlando, Inc.||Winter Park, FL||May 17, 2010||$42,500|
|Instructor of Continuum Education In Implant Dentistry||David A. Bennett, DDS, Pa||Miami, FL||Apr 23, 2009||$41,420|
|Education Instructional Director||Asian Youth Center of New York||NY||Oct 01, 2011||$40,133|
|Conductive Education Instructor (Conductor)||Colorado Foundation for Conductive Education||Loveland, CO||Oct 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 (Conductor)||Colorado Foundation for Conductive Education||Loveland, CO||Sep 01, 2009||$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|
|Clinical Education Instructor||Aroma Spa & Sports, LLC||Los Angeles, CA||Sep 14, 2013||$38,943|
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