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Working As An ESL 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

  • $50,000

    Average Salary

What Does An ESL 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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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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ESL Teacher Career Paths

ESL Teacher
Instructor Lead Teacher Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Instructor Team Leader Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Spanish Teacher Adjunct Professor Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Spanish Teacher Adjunct Professor Principal
High School Principal
9 Yearsyrs
Spanish Teacher Lead Teacher
Lead Pre-K Teacher
5 Yearsyrs
ESL Instructor Program Coordinator Adjunct Instructor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
ESL Instructor Adjunct Instructor Principal
Athletic Director
5 Yearsyrs
ESL Instructor Adjunct Instructor Assistant Principal
School Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Team Leader Director
Founder And Director
6 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Lead Teacher Assistant Principal
Middle School Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Manager Assistant Director
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
English Instructor Adjunct Faculty Education Consultant
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Social Studies Teacher Special Education Teacher Special Education Supervisor
Director Of Special Education
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Principal Education Director
Director Of Instruction
7 Yearsyrs
English Instructor Assistant Professor Department Chairperson
Vice Principal
8 Yearsyrs
Social Studies Teacher Special Education Teacher Education Consultant
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
Social Studies Teacher Special Education Teacher Early Childhood Special Educator
Early Childhood Specialist
5 Yearsyrs
Math Teacher Education Consultant Elementary School Principal
Curriculum Director
8 Yearsyrs
Lecturer Assistant Professor Department Chairperson
Academic Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$50,000
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$33,000
Min 10%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$73,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Harrisburg School District
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does an ESL Teacher make at top companies?
The national average salary for an ESL Teacher in the United States is $50,117 per year or $24 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $33,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $73,000.

Real ESL Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
ESL Teacher Bronx Academy of Promise Charter School New York, NY Nov 10, 2016 $63,684 -
$110,000
ESL Teacher Bronx Academy of Promise Charter School New York, NY Oct 13, 2016 $63,684 -
$110,000
Adult ESL (English As A Second Language) Teacher PUI Tak Center Chicago, IL Jan 07, 2016 $59,480
ESL Teacher Garland Independent School District Garland, TX Apr 15, 2015 $58,769
ESL Teacher International Education Management Inc. San Diego, CA Jan 09, 2016 $56,000 -
$58,000
ESL Teacher International Education Management, Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 09, 2016 $56,000
ESL Teacher Asheboro City Schools Asheboro, NC Jun 30, 2015 $54,730
ESL Teacher All Stars Mandarin Center San Francisco, CA Oct 09, 2016 $53,093
ESL Teacher International Education Management Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 01, 2015 $53,000
ESL Teacher International Education Management San Diego, CA Aug 25, 2015 $53,000
ESL Teacher Guilford County Schools Greensboro, NC Dec 15, 2016 $52,720
ESL Teacher Guilford County Schools Greensboro, NC Jul 01, 2015 $52,660
ESL Teacher Edu Cloud Inc. New York, NY Jan 08, 2016 $52,175
ESL Teacher Princeton Educational Services Corporation Princeton, NJ Feb 09, 2016 $50,000
Elementary ESL Mandarin Teacher New York City Department of Education New York, NY Aug 08, 2016 $49,908
ESL Mandarin (Grades) Teacher New York City Department of Education New York, NY Nov 28, 2016 $49,908
Elementary ESL Mandarin Teacher New York City Department of Education New York, NY Feb 05, 2016 $49,908
Elementary ESL Mandarin Teacher New York City Department of Education New York, NY May 08, 2016 $49,908
ESL Teacher Garland Independent School District Rowlett, TX May 01, 2015 $49,815
Spanish/Esl Teacher Burton Independent School District Burton, TX May 31, 2015 $46,000
Spanish/Esl Teacher Burton Independent School District Burton, TX Aug 12, 2015 $46,000
Esl/Tesol Teacher Little Genius Learning Center San Jose, CA Jan 08, 2016 $45,914
ESL Teacher Guilford County Schools Greensboro, NC Jan 14, 2016 $45,030
ESL Teacher Guilford County Schools Greensboro, NC Jul 30, 2015 $44,940
ESL Teacher Guilford County Schools Greensboro, NC Jul 01, 2015 $44,210
ESL Teacher Public Schools of Robeson County Red Springs, NC Jul 20, 2015 $44,000
ESL Teacher Public Schools of Robeson County Saint Pauls, NC Jul 20, 2015 $44,000

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Top Skills for An ESL Teacher

  1. Language Arts
  2. Classroom Management
  3. Lesson Plans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed curriculum using technology and the arts for students preparing to take the New York State English Language Arts Regents.
  • Established clear class expectations by developing rubrics for all assessments a maintaining an impeccable classroom management.
  • Worked autonomously creating and executing custom immersion type lesson plans for Korean elementary students of various levels and abilities.
  • Chaired the Curriculum Development Committee dedicated to creating a school-wide ESL curriculum
  • Assisted immigrant students of a variety of ages, cultures, and backgrounds with English grammar, composition, and comprehension.

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ESL Teacher Demographics

Gender

Female

60.5%

Male

27.0%

Unknown

12.5%
Ethnicity

White

57.5%

Hispanic or Latino

18.9%

Black or African American

10.3%

Asian

9.1%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.8%

French

10.7%

Chinese

7.2%

Mandarin

5.5%

German

4.1%

Portuguese

4.1%

Russian

3.8%

Japanese

3.6%

Italian

3.3%

Korean

3.1%

Arabic

2.5%

Turkish

0.7%

Greek

0.7%

Polish

0.7%

Cantonese

0.7%

Thai

0.6%

Hindi

0.5%

Vietnamese

0.5%

Hebrew

0.5%

Hungarian

0.4%
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ESL Teacher Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.3%

New York University

7.2%

Arizona State University

6.2%

Grand Canyon University

6.2%

University of Houston

5.3%

San Francisco State University

4.7%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

4.7%

Liberty University

4.7%

Teachers College of Columbia University

4.7%

Ohio State University

4.6%

American University

4.5%

National University

4.3%

Texas A&M University

4.3%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.1%

University of Texas at Austin

4.1%

Brigham Young University

4.1%

University of North Texas

4.0%

George Mason University

4.0%

Hunter College of the City University of New York

4.0%

Walden University

3.9%
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Majors

English

13.8%

Education

13.8%

Elementary Education

11.7%

Teaching English As A Second Language

6.9%

Linguistics

6.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

6.1%

Business

5.6%

Psychology

4.8%

Educational Leadership

4.2%

Communication

3.7%

Special Education

3.0%

History

2.7%

Political Science

2.5%

Global Studies

2.5%

Curriculum And Instruction

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Area Studies

2.2%

Sociology

2.2%

Writing

1.8%

Fine Arts

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.6%

Masters

36.8%

Other

12.8%

Certificate

6.1%

Doctorate

3.1%

Associate

2.9%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.2%
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