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Become An ESL Teacher

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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

  • $58,578

    Average Salary

What Does An ESL Teacher Do At Good Shepherd Services

* Design, plan and conduct lessons in specified areas of education.
* Submit Sequential Unit Plans in advance.
* Conduct activities enriched with all aspects of literacy.
* Responsible for the setup, operation and clean-up of activities.
* The organization, inventory and storing of supplies and equipment.
* Guides program participants in examining choices, following directions and becoming involved in program activities.
* Attends and participates in staff meeting and staff development trainings sessions.
* Responsible for maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of protected Health Information of service recipients.
* Responsible for complying with rules and regulations governing access to protected Health Information.
* Perform other duties as assigned

What Does An ESL Teacher Do At Catapult Learning

* Attends training sessions, passes content assessment, and delivers designated instructional models and strategies in readiness, reading, mathematics, and/or writing skills to eligible students through utilization of Company-designed materials and educational strategies
* Develops and maintains individualized skill-appropriate lesson plans
* Ensures supervision of students at all times, including escorting students safely to and from Company classroom or to mobile/trailer classroom
* Establishes and maintains student forms and files as required by Company, local, state, and/or federal agencies
* Attends and documents conferences/meetings/trainings with Company Supervisors, classroom teachers, principals, and parents as required by the Company, local, state, and/or federal agencies
* Maintains inventory of educational materials and supplies
* Other duties may be assigned
* Qualifications

What Does An ESL Teacher Do At Five Keys Schools and Programs

* Assist in establishing and maintaining an effective learning climate in the school
* Interpret and implement all Board policies, administrative regulations, and negotiated agreements
* Assist in the development, implementation, revision and evaluation of the curriculum and instructional services
* Implement organizational procedures for the health, safety, discipline and conduct of students as established
* Serve as liaison between the school and community, implementing the policies of the school
* Provide direction to others and to make independent judgments
* Work harmoniously with others and to communicate effectively (both orally and in writing) with students, teachers, administration, custody staff, and community
* Maintain confidentiality when dealing with student / staff information
* Communicate with individuals of varied cultural and educational backgrounds
* Keep and maintain accurate records and to meet deadlines
* Meet and instruct assigned classes in the locations and at the times designated
* Plan and implement a program of study following state and school goals/curriculum that as much as is possible, meet the individual needs and development of students
* Guide the learning process toward the achievement of curriculum goals; establish clear objectives for all instructional units, projects and lessons to communicate these goals and objectives to students
* Prescribe appropriate learning activities for each student
* Evaluate each student's growth periodically and develop instructional plans for the future; assist the specialists in the instruction of special education students
* Establish and maintain open lines of communication with students and administration
* Assist the administration in implementing all policies and/or rules governing student conduct in the classroom, develop reasonable rules of classroom behavior and procedures, and maintain order in the classroom in a fair and just manner
* Encourage students to set and maintain appropriate standards of classroom behavior
* Maintain accurate, complete and confidential records as required by law, administrative regulations, and school policy
* Confer with colleagues, administration, students and/or parents when necessary
* Attend staff meetings and serve on staff / school committees as required
* Ability to demonstrate knowledge of subject matter, to seek professional growth, improve classroom instruction
* Perform such other tasks as may seem to be appropriate to the Board or Administration
* Maintains satisfactory attendance, as defined in school policy and regulations
* Abide by Five Keys and Sheriff’s Department policies and procedures
* Other duties as assigned

What Does An ESL Teacher Do At Volunteers of America-Minnesota

Lesson planning, teaching, and evaluating student work

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How To Become An ESL Teacher

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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ESL Teacher Career Paths

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Adjunct Instructor Instructor Education Director
Academic Dean
10 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor ESL Instructor
Academic Director
8 Yearsyrs
Instructor Case Manager Special Education Teacher
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Kindergarten Teacher Assistant Director Director Of Admissions
Campus Director
7 Yearsyrs
Translator Lecturer Adjunct Professor
Curriculum Director
9 Yearsyrs
Spanish Teacher Adjunct Instructor Associate Dean
5 Yearsyrs
ESL Instructor Program Coordinator Adjunct Instructor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Private Tutor Spanish Teacher Lead Teacher
Director Of Preschool
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Case Manager Special Education Teacher
Director Of Special Education
12 Yearsyrs
Social Studies Teacher Teacher Pre-K Teacher
Director Of Teacher Education
5 Yearsyrs
Kindergarten Teacher Instructor Training Manager
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Training Coordinator Training Manager
Director, Learning And Development
12 Yearsyrs
ESL Instructor English Instructor Instructor
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Assistant Principal
High School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Private Tutor Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal
Middle School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Social Studies Teacher Middle School Teacher Kindergarten Teacher
School Director
7 Yearsyrs
Spanish Teacher Lead Teacher Assistant Principal
School Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Translator Spanish Teacher Adjunct Professor
School Superintendent
14 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Adjunct Faculty Assistant Principal
Vice Principal
9 Yearsyrs
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ESL Teacher Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Korean

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • Italian

  • Arabic

  • Greek

  • Thai

  • Cantonese

  • Vietnamese

  • Turkish

  • Polish

  • Hindi

  • Hebrew

  • Hungarian

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Real ESL Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
ESL Teacher WELS America, Inc. Beaumont, CA Sep 16, 2014 $63,841
ESL Teacher Wells America. Inc. Beaumont, CA Sep 16, 2014 $63,841
ESL Teacher Bronx Academy of Promise Charter School New York, NY Nov 10, 2016 $63,684 -
ESL Teacher Bronx Academy of Promise Charter School New York, NY Oct 13, 2016 $63,684 -
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 St. Genevieve High School CA Jun 30, 2014 $57,500
Elementary ESL Teacher Alief Independent School District Houston, TX Oct 15, 2013 $56,747
ESL Teacher International Education Management, Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 09, 2016 $56,000
ESL Teacher International Education Management Inc. San Diego, CA Jan 09, 2016 $56,000 -
ESL Teacher Asheboro City Schools Asheboro, NC Jun 30, 2015 $54,730
ESL Teacher Garland Independent School District Sachse, TX Apr 01, 2014 $54,464
ESL Teacher Shepherd University Los Angeles, CA May 06, 2013 $54,262
ESL Teacher Garland Independent School District Rowlett, TX May 01, 2015 $49,815
Spanish/ESL Teacher Surry County Public Schools Dendron, VA Jul 01, 2014 $49,780
ESL Teacher Culpeper County Public Schools Culpeper, VA Aug 17, 2013 $49,121
Teacher, ESL Houston Independent School District Houston, TX Jan 12, 2015 $49,100
ESL Teacher Guilford County Schools Greensboro, NC Aug 20, 2014 $48,920
ESL Teacher Guilford County Schools Greensboro, NC Sep 29, 2015 $48,920
ESL Teacher Guilford County Schools Greensboro, NC Sep 29, 2016 $47,980
ESL Teacher WELS America, Inc. Beaumont, CA Mar 11, 2015 $47,960
ESL Teacher Public Schools of Robeson County Saint Pauls, NC Jul 20, 2015 $44,000
ESL Teacher Public Schools of Robeson County Red Springs, NC Jul 20, 2015 $44,000
ESL Teacher Harmony Science Academy-Garland Garland, TX Aug 20, 2014 $43,990
ESL Teacher Harmony Science Academy-Garland Garland, TX Sep 30, 2013 $43,990
ESL Teacher Horizon Educational Services of Columbus Inc. Columbus, OH Jan 07, 2016 $43,960
ESL Teacher Shuang Wen Academy Network New York, NY Sep 30, 2015 $43,827

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Top Skills for An ESL Teacher


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Top ESL Teacher Skills

  1. Classroom Management
  2. Language Learners
  3. Weekly Lesson Plans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Administered successful proactive classroom management plan, demonstrating effective behavior management with diverse students.
  • Designed and implemented cooperative teaching groups to provide tutoring for low English Language Learners.
  • Create weekly lesson plans correlating to texts and course material.
  • Owned curriculum development and taught English abroad at a private academy.
  • Have an understanding of how to teach grammar as well as basic English to ages 3 and up.

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