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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Physical Education Teacher||Capital City Public Charter School||Washington, DC||May 11, 2015||$79,240|
|Physical Education Teacher||Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School||Syracuse, NY||Sep 18, 2016||$71,750|
|Athletic Director and Physical Education Teacher||The Waldorf School of Garden City||Garden City, NY||Dec 08, 2014||$71,610|
|Physical Education Teacher||The Waldorf School of Garden City||Garden City, NY||Sep 30, 2015||$71,610|
|Physical Education Teacher||Lycee Francais de Chicago||Chicago, IL||Sep 03, 2015||$70,200|
|Physical Education Teacher||Baltimore City Public Schools||Baltimore, MD||Jul 07, 2014||$67,075|
|Physical Education Teacher||Milton Town School District||Milton, VT||Oct 01, 2014||$67,055|
|Secondary Physical Education Teacher||ICEF Public Schools||Los Angeles, CA||Oct 01, 2015||$65,532|
|Middle School Physical Education Teacher||Hopewell Academy, Inc.||Cary, NC||Aug 01, 2014||$65,000|
|Physical Education Teacher||The British International School of New York||New York, NY||Sep 11, 2014||$64,000|
|Physical Education Teacher and Coach||The Shipley School||Bryn Mawr, PA||Sep 16, 2015||$62,500|
|Secondary Physical Education Teacher||ICEF Public Schools||Los Angeles, CA||Jan 10, 2016||$60,768|
|Physical Education Teacher||Noble Network of Charter Schools||Chicago, IL||Jul 12, 2016||$51,000|
|Physical Education Teacher||Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School||Syracuse, NY||Sep 17, 2013||$50,950|
|Teacher, Physical Education||Academy of The Pacific Rim Charter Public School||MA||Aug 12, 2014||$50,500|
|Physical Education Teacher||Southwest Independent School Discrict||San Antonio, TX||Jul 10, 2015||$50,425|
|Physical Education Teacher||ICEF Public Schools||Los Angeles, CA||Jan 10, 2016||$50,040|
|Physical Education Teacher||Vance County Schools||Henderson, NC||Jul 01, 2015||$49,929|
|Physical Education Teacher||New York City Department of Education||New York, NY||Sep 01, 2015||$49,908|
|Physical Education Teacher||Child Development Center of The Hamptons||Wainscott, NY||Jan 09, 2016||$45,000|
|Physical Education Teacher||Le Lycee Francais de Los Angeles||Los Angeles, CA||Apr 22, 2013||$44,330|
|Physical Education Teacher||National Christian Academy||Fort Washington, MD||Oct 01, 2015||$44,098|
|Secondary Physical Education Teacher||Us Virgin Islands Department of Education||Oct 25, 2013||$43,700|
|Secondary Physical Education Teacher||Iberia Parish School Board||Jeanerette, LA||Oct 01, 2015||$43,360|
|Physical Education Teacher||Metropolitan Board of Education||Nashville, TN||Oct 01, 2013||$43,316|
|Physical Education Teacher||Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools||Nashville, TN||Oct 01, 2013||$43,316|
|Physical Education Teacher||Dulce Independent School District||Dulce, NM||Feb 19, 2016||$43,000|
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