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Become A Resource Teacher

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Working As A Resource 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

  • $38,117

    Average Salary

What Does A Resource Teacher Do

A Resource Teacher is responsible for providing curriculum support systems for students, teachers, and administrators. Another role of a Resource Teacher is to assist the class teacher and provide additional support for children with moderate learning difficulties.

How To Become A Resource 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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Real Resource Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Resource Teacher Torah Day School of Atlanta Atlanta, GA Aug 09, 2011 $59,980
Elementary Bilingual Resource Teacher Madison Metropolitan School District Madison, WI Sep 01, 2013 $54,985
Bilingual Resource Teacher Clear Creek Independent School District Webster, TX Aug 07, 2015 $53,000
Bilingual Resource Teacher Clear Creek Independent School District Webster, TX Aug 10, 2015 $53,000
Teacher, LD Resource Marlboro County School District Blenheim, SC Feb 02, 2015 $48,153
Esl/Dual Language Resource Teacher (Elementary) Omaha Public Schools, District 0001 Omaha, NE Jan 02, 2012 $44,167
Secondary L.D. Resource Teacher Barnwell School District 45 Barnwell, SC Aug 01, 2015 $43,858
Bilingual Resource Teacher Community Consolidated School District 54 Hoffman Estates, IL Aug 01, 2013 $39,872 -
$69,872
Bilingual Resource Teacher Schaumburg Community Consolidated School District Hoffman Estates, IL Oct 01, 2012 $39,477 -
$62,373
ELL Resource Teacher Schaumburg Community Consolidated School District Hoffman Estates, IL Dec 15, 2011 $39,477 -
$62,815
ELL Resource Teacher Community Consolidated School District 54 Hoffman Estates, IL Sep 02, 2012 $39,477 -
$60,400
ESL Spanish Resource Teacher Denver Public Schools District 1 Denver, CO Sep 08, 2015 $38,117
Elementary ESL Spanish Resource Teacher Denver Public Schools District 1 Denver, CO Nov 03, 2014 $38,117
ESL Spanish Resource Teacher Denver Public Schools, District 1 Denver, CO Aug 19, 2012 $37,551
ESL Spanish Resource Teacher Denver Public Schools District 1 Denver, CO Aug 01, 2011 $37,551
Title I Facilitator and Math Resource Teacher Lake Wales Charter Schools, Inc. Lake Wales, FL Jun 30, 2014 $36,990 -
$56,356
Title I Facilitator and Math Resource Teacher Lake Wales Charter Schools Inc. Lake Wales, FL Jun 30, 2011 $36,990 -
$56,356
Title I Facilitator and Math Resources Teacher Lake Wales Charter Schools Inc. Lake Wales, FL Jun 30, 2011 $36,990 -
$56,356
Title I Facilitator and Math Resource Teacher Lake Wales Charter Schools Inc. Lake Wales, FL Sep 27, 2010 $36,990 -
$43,157

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Top Skills for A Resource Teacher

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Top Resource Teacher Skills

  1. Mathematics
  2. Classroom Teachers
  3. General Education Curriculum
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Demonstrate effective science and mathematics instructional practices when working with students.
  • Collaborate with classroom teachers to provide ongoing curriculum enhancements.
  • Skilled in modifying general education curriculum, integrating multimedia in lessons, and providing intervention supports to enable student success.
  • Administered educational assessments to determine eligibility for special education services.
  • Reinforce and maintain behavior management through incorporating motivational activities and positive reinforcement.

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Resource Teacher Videos

Resource Teacher, Career Video from drkit.org

Cec Zelinsky, Learning Resource Teacher, Wynyard Elementary, Horizon School Division

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