"classroom management," "student learning," and "grade level" aren't the only skills we found first grade teachers list on their resumes. In fact, there's a whole list of first grade teacher responsibilities that we found, including:
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming a first grade teacher. We found that 73.7% of first grade teachers have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 19.3% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While most first grade teachers have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's impossible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every nine first grade teachers were not college graduates.
Those first grade teachers who do attend college, typically earn either elementary education degrees or education degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for first grade teachers include early childhood education degrees or psychology degrees.
Once you've obtained the level of education you're comfortable with, you might start applying to companies to become a first grade teacher. We've found that most first grade teacher resumes include experience from The Vertex Companies, Bristol Public Schools, and Catholic Charities Health and Human Services. Of recent, The Vertex Companies had 2 positions open for first grade teachers. Meanwhile, there are 1 job openings at Bristol Public Schools and 1 at Catholic Charities Health and Human Services.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, first grade teachers tend to earn the biggest salaries at Harding Academy of Memphis, Dalton City School District, and Temple University. Take Harding Academy of Memphis for example. The median first grade teacher salary is $67,834. At Dalton City School District, first grade teachers earn an average of $50,522, while the average at Temple University is $49,733. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.
If you earned a degree from the top 100 educational institutions in the United States, you might want to take a look at Columbia Elementary School District, Potomac High School, and Baltimore City Public Schools. These three companies have hired a significant number of first grade teachers from these institutions.