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Become An English Language Arts Teacher

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Working As An English Language Arts Teacher

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • $44,240

    Average Salary

Example Of What An English Language Arts Teacher does

  • Led project to create middle school Language Arts curriculum used in multiple states.
  • Volunteered constructing English language arts curriculum for the 7th grade.
  • Maintained lesson plans as required by school policy.
  • Designed lesson plans and instructed students in English grammar, literature, and writing.
  • Develop activities to differentiate lessons to address different learning styles and learning needs.
  • Integrate 21st Century Skills into student learning.
  • Accommodated students with special needs by altering class and test materials.
  • Acted as academic counselor and advisor re preparation for college.
  • Collaborated with special education teachers to develop effective differentiated instruction strategies.
  • *Assisted to embed literacy skills within beginning teachers' lesson plans during in-house training.
  • Establish classroom management strategies that include setting clear and concise expectations, modeling respect and enforcing school policies and procedures.
  • Served as Individualized Education Program (IEP) case manager to 18 special education students.
  • Planned and delivered lessons aligned with the New York State Common Core Standards.
  • Attended a variety of professional development workshops centered on, learning goals, student motivation, and engaging learning activities.
  • Instructed several sections of Language Arts & WA State History to students of varying ages and backgrounds.
  • Yielded 100% student achievement results on the Criterion Referenced Competency Test.
  • Served on school committees and taskforces focused on curriculum development, textbook review, fundraising and anti-bullying efforts.
  • Established positive relationships with students, parents, colleagues and administrators.
  • Directed computer labs and tutored high school social studies students.
  • Worked within Professional Learning Communities (PLC) using a guaranteed curriculum to facilitate teaching and student learning.

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How To Become An English Language Arts Teacher

High 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 high school teachers to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Most states require high school teachers to have majored in a subject area, such as science or history. Teachers typically enroll in their institution’s teacher preparation program and take classes in education and child psychology as well.

In teacher education programs, prospective high school teachers learn how to present information to students and how to work with 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 high school teachers to earn a master’s degree after earning their teaching certification.

Teachers in private schools do not need to meet state requirements. However, private schools typically seek high school teachers who have a bachelor’s degree and a major in a subject area.

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.

High school teachers typically are awarded a secondary or high school certification, which allows them to teach the 7th through the 12th grades.

Requirements for certification vary by state. In addition to requiring a bachelor’s degree, states require teachers to complete a teacher preparation program and supervised experience in teaching, typically gained through student teaching. States also typically require candidates to pass a general teaching certification test, as well as a test that demonstrates their knowledge in the subject they will teach. Some states require teachers to have a minimum grade point average as well. For information on certification requirements in your state, visit Teach.org.

Often, teachers are 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 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 either type of program.

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 gain experience teaching students in a classroom setting. The amount of time required varies by state.

Important Qualities

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

Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. High school teachers must be patient when students struggle with material.

Resourcefulness. High school teachers need to explain difficult concepts in terms students can understand. In addition, they must be able to engage students in learning and adapt lessons to each student’s needs.

Advancement

Experienced teachers can advance to be mentors or lead teachers. In these positions, they often work with less experienced teachers to help them 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. Becoming a principal usually requires additional instruction in education administration or leadership. For more information, see the profiles on school and career counselors, librarians, instructional coordinators, and elementary, middle, and high school principals.

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English Language Arts Teacher Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    74.1%
  • Male

    23.6%
  • Unknown

    2.3%

Ethnicity

  • White

    81.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.5%
  • Asian

    6.3%
  • Unknown

    1.7%
  • Black or African American

    0.6%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    53.1%
  • French

    17.7%
  • German

    5.3%
  • Arabic

    4.4%
  • Japanese

    2.7%
  • Italian

    2.7%
  • Chinese

    1.8%
  • Hebrew

    1.8%
  • Hindi

    1.8%
  • Portuguese

    0.9%
  • Serbian

    0.9%
  • Vietnamese

    0.9%
  • Hungarian

    0.9%
  • Turkish

    0.9%
  • Greek

    0.9%
  • Urdu

    0.9%
  • Polish

    0.9%
  • Mandarin

    0.9%
  • Korean

    0.9%
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Real English Language Arts Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Arts, English Language and Literature Collegiate School New York, NY Jun 11, 2010 $110,600
English and Language Arts Teacher Bedford Stuyvesant Collegiate Charter School New York, NY Sep 07, 2013 $73,430
English and Language Arts Teacher Bedford Stuyvesant Collegiate Charter School New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $71,990
English/Language Arts Teacher Prince George's County Public Schools Clinton, MD Aug 13, 2010 $66,486
English/Language Arts Teacher Northeastern Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists NY Apr 01, 2012 $63,099
English/Language Arts Teacher Northeastern Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists New York, NY Aug 15, 2011 $63,099
English Language Arts Teacher Albany Leadership Charter High School for Girls Albany, NY Feb 19, 2016 $59,915
English Language Arts Teacher American Dream Charter School New York, NY Aug 30, 2016 $56,568
English Language Arts Teacher/Physical Education Calcasieu Parish School System LA Jan 12, 2014 $51,202
Secondary English Language Arts Teacher Garland Independent School District Rowlett, TX Jun 16, 2011 $48,606
English Language Arts Teacher Calcasieu Parish School System Iowa, LA Jan 12, 2011 $46,177
English Language Arts Teacher Guilford County Schools Jamestown, NC Jul 01, 2012 $45,565
English Language Arts Teacher Calcasieu Parish School System Iowa, LA Jan 12, 2011 $45,300
English Language Arts Teacher Longview Independent School District Longview, TX Oct 01, 2014 $41,480
English Language Arts Teacher Somerton School District #11 Somerton, AZ Dec 29, 2016 $40,492
English Language Arts Teacher Longview Independent School District Longview, TX Oct 01, 2011 $40,280
English Language Arts Teacher Precision Academy System Phoenix, AZ Oct 01, 2011 $39,413
English Language Arts Teacher Precision Academy System Phoenix, AZ Aug 13, 2011 $39,413

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Top Skills for An English Language Arts Teacher

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Top English Language Arts Teacher Skills

  1. Curriculum Development
  2. Language Arts
  3. Classroom Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Attended a variety of professional development workshops centered on gifted classroom resources, curriculum development/differentiation, and teaching English language learners.
  • Provided asynchronous instruction and synchronous tutoring in English and Language Arts to students in grades 7 through 12.
  • Institute positive classroom management strategies and disciplinary programs that appropriately handle behavior issues.
  • Analyzed assessments from all students to develop lesson plans, remediation, grouping strategies and assignments for progress monitoring and instruction.
  • Developed individualized reading and literature curriculum.

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