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Working As A Reading 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

  • $49,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Reading 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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How To Become A Reading 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.

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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Reading Teacher Career Paths

Reading Teacher
Student Teacher Lead Teacher Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Student Teacher Instructor Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Student Teacher Lead Teacher Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Language Arts Teacher Social Studies Teacher Adjunct Professor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Language Arts Teacher Special Education Teacher Lead Teacher
Lead Pre-K Teacher
5 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Adjunct Professor Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Education Consultant Principal
High School Principal
9 Yearsyrs
Coach Consultant Principal
Athletic Director
5 Yearsyrs
Coach Administrator Assistant Principal
Middle School Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Tutor Administrator Assistant Principal
School Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Kindergarten Teacher Preschool Lead Teacher Assistant Director
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
Tutor Program Coordinator Education Consultant
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Resource Teacher Principal Education Director
Director Of Instruction
7 Yearsyrs
Tutor Adjunct Instructor Department Chairperson
Vice Principal
8 Yearsyrs
Coach Adjunct Faculty Education Consultant
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
Kindergarten Teacher Preschool Lead Teacher
Child Care Director
5 Yearsyrs
Kindergarten Teacher Early Childhood Special Educator
Early Childhood Specialist
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Foreman Assistant Superintendent
Director Of Special Education
11 Yearsyrs
Resource Teacher Vice Principal Elementary School Principal
Curriculum Director
8 Yearsyrs
Language Arts Teacher Adjunct Instructor Department Chairperson
Academic Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Teacher 3.9 years
Reading Specialist 3.8 years
2nd Grade Teacher 3.3 years
Reading Teacher 3.0 years
Inclusion Teacher 2.8 years
6th Grade Teacher 2.7 years
Reading Instructor 2.4 years
Literacy Teacher 2.3 years
1st Grade Teacher 2.3 years
Student Teacher 0.7 years
Top Careers Before Reading Teacher
Teacher 28.3%
Tutor 4.3%
Internship 3.1%
Coach 2.4%
Instructor 2.1%
Top Careers After Reading Teacher
Teacher 28.7%
Coach 4.3%
Tutor 3.8%
Principal 2.9%
Instructor 2.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$49,000
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$34,000
Min 10%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Bright Horizons
Highest Paying City
Wilmington, DE
Highest Paying State
Maryland
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does a Reading Teacher make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Reading Teacher in the United States is $49,599 per year or $24 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $34,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $72,000.

Real Reading Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Reading Teacher Perry Street Preparatory Public Charter School Washington, DC Apr 01, 2013 $69,700
SR. Reading Teacher Hyde Leadership Public Charter School Washington, DC Jul 01, 2011 $69,700
Reading Teacher The School Board of Broward County Hollywood, FL Oct 01, 2013 $66,627
Elementary Reading Teacher Baltimore City Public School System Baltimore, MD Mar 15, 2011 $59,688
Reading Teacher The School Board of Broward County Hollywood, FL Oct 01, 2010 $57,327
Reading Teacher, High School The School Board of Broward County Miramar, FL Jul 31, 2010 $55,316
Spanish Guided Reading Teacher Kipp Austin Public Schools Austin, TX Jan 12, 2016 $52,667
Spanish Guided Reading Teacher Kipp Austin Public School, Inc. Austin, TX Jul 18, 2016 $51,366
Intensive Reading Pull-Out Teacher Desoto County School District Arcadia, FL Aug 08, 2012 $49,820
Reading Teacher East Baton Rouge Parish School System Baton Rouge, LA Jul 01, 2010 $46,666
Reading Teacher Presidio Independent School District Presidio, TX May 22, 2015 $45,000
Secondary Reading Teacher The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education Oct 21, 2011 $44,916
Reading Teacher Santa Fe South High School, Inc. Oklahoma City, OK Feb 25, 2008 $40,800
Reading Endorsed Esol Teacher (Secondary) School District of Palm Beach County West Palm Beach, FL Aug 31, 2016 $39,500 -
$75,230
Reading Teacher Harvest Power Community Development Group Yuma, AZ Jan 26, 2015 $39,000
Reading Teacher Quality Education Academy Winston-Salem, NC Jul 29, 2014 $38,000
Reading Teacher K School District of Palm Beach County Belle Glade, FL Sep 02, 2011 $37,485

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Top Skills for A Reading Teacher

  1. Classroom Management
  2. Student Learning
  3. Lesson Plans
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  • Planned and delivered standards based instruction in reading and writing * Facilitated daily classroom management though planning and implementing schedules and routines
  • Facilitated student achievement and teacher instruction resulting in significant student learning gains on the State of Florida standardized assessment.
  • Created innovative lesson plans and teaching materials to effectively communicate information
  • Provide small group instruction where students receive individualized educational experiences.
  • Attend professional development to enhance knowledge of pedagogy and content, especially literacy.

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Top 10 Best States for Reading Teachers

  1. California
  2. Connecticut
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Alaska
  5. New York
  6. Rhode Island
  7. New Jersey
  8. Michigan
  9. Minnesota
  10. Oregon
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Reading Teacher Demographics

Gender

Female

73.1%

Male

15.4%

Unknown

11.5%
Ethnicity

White

63.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Black or African American

12.8%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.6%

French

13.8%

Mandarin

3.1%

Korean

2.6%

Italian

2.6%

Chinese

2.6%

German

2.6%

Japanese

2.1%

Greek

1.5%

Cantonese

1.0%

Portuguese

1.0%

Lakota

0.5%

Hmong

0.5%

Hindi

0.5%

Dutch

0.5%

Yoruba

0.5%

Norwegian

0.5%

Russian

0.5%

Urdu

0.5%

Thai

0.5%
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Reading Teacher Education

Schools

Nova Southeastern University

13.3%

University of Phoenix

11.1%

Grand Canyon University

8.3%

Walden University

7.5%

University of Central Florida

6.3%

University of South Florida

4.9%

Florida International University

4.7%

National Louis University

4.4%

Florida Atlantic University

4.1%

Capella University

4.0%

Liberty University

3.8%

Florida State University

3.5%

University of Houston

3.4%

Wayne State University

3.2%

Texas A&M University

3.2%

Texas State University

3.1%

Barry University

2.9%

Lamar University

2.9%

University of North Texas

2.7%

University of Florida

2.5%
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Majors

Elementary Education

21.4%

Education

17.7%

Educational Leadership

10.2%

Special Education

7.2%

English

6.9%

Curriculum And Instruction

5.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

4.4%

Early Childhood Education

3.4%

Business

3.3%

Teaching Assistants/Aides

3.3%

Psychology

2.6%

School Counseling

2.4%

Secondary Education And Teaching

2.1%

Reading Teacher Education

2.0%

Communication

1.6%

History

1.4%

Interdisciplinary Studies

1.2%

Counseling Psychology

1.2%

Liberal Arts

1.1%

Teaching English As A Second Language

1.0%
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Degrees

Masters

48.0%

Bachelors

27.6%

Other

13.6%

Certificate

4.4%

Doctorate

3.8%

Associate

1.9%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.2%
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