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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 Latino10.2%
Black or African American0.6%
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Berklee College of Music11.3%
Grand Canyon University7.4%
New York University6.4%
University of Phoenix6.0%
University of North Texas5.5%
Montclair State University5.3%
Indiana University Bloomington4.5%
State University of New York at Fredonia4.0%
Florida State University3.6%
Ball State University3.6%
University of Northern Colorado3.4%
University of Florida3.4%
Teachers College of Columbia University3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Music Teacher Trumpet and Other Brass Instruments||Legato Music School||San Jose, CA||Jan 04, 2015||$104,350|
|Music Teacher||Legato Music School||San Jose, CA||Jul 20, 2015||$104,350|
|Classroom Music Teacher||Community School of Music and Arts||Mountain View, CA||Aug 09, 2016||$88,781|
|Classroom Music Teacher||Community School of Music and Arts||Mountain View, CA||Sep 15, 2015||$84,398|
|Music Teacher||Larchmont Music Academy, Ltd||Larchmont, NY||Oct 26, 2015||$83,480|
|Music Teacher||The Browning School||New York, NY||Aug 30, 2016||$79,000|
|Music Teacher||Happy Mozart Music School, LLC||San Mateo, CA||Jan 01, 2015||$78,263|
|Music Teacher||CJC Music School LLC||Ridgefield, NJ||Feb 12, 2016||$77,605|
|Music Teacher||Brooklyn Conservatory of Music||New York, NY||Oct 26, 2015||$75,132|
|Music Teacher||Miami Chinese Language School||Miami, FL||Apr 07, 2015||$73,507 -
|Music Teacher||CJC Music School LLC||Ridgefield, NJ||Jan 07, 2016||$73,091|
|Music Teacher||Vienna String Institute||Irvine, CA||May 12, 2015||$60,549|
|Music Teacher||New York Preparatory School DBA The Dwight School||New York, NY||Apr 27, 2015||$60,000|
|Music Teacher (Piano)||The Academy of Fine Arts||Gaithersburg, MD||Feb 26, 2015||$59,238|
|Music Teacher||Saint Demetrios Greek American School||NY||Sep 11, 2015||$58,880|
|Music Teacher||J & ZF Inc.||Fremont, CA||Aug 16, 2015||$57,700|
|Music Teacher (Piano)||Northern California School of Music, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 01, 2015||$57,393|
|Music Teacher||Servite High School||Anaheim, CA||Aug 04, 2015||$57,000|
|Music Teacher||PUI Tak Center||Chicago, IL||Jan 08, 2016||$56,349|
|Music Teacher||New York City Department of Education||New York, NY||Sep 01, 2015||$49,908|
|Kindergarten Music Teacher||Anuree Kamini, Inc. (DBA: Montessori School)||Chino Hills, CA||Oct 26, 2016||$49,720|
|Music Teacher||Music of Opus119||Irvine, CA||Dec 05, 2016||$48,797|
|Music Teacher||Canterbury School||Fort Myers, FL||Aug 18, 2015||$48,717|
|Music Teacher||Ohio Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists||Centerville, OH||Aug 07, 2015||$48,648|
|Music Teacher||New York City Department of Education||New York, NY||Feb 12, 2015||$48,445|
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