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Become A Second Grade Teacher

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Working As A Second Grade 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

  • $68,120

    Average Salary

What Does A Second Grade Teacher Do

A Second Grade Teacher is responsible for teaching basic concepts and skills to children in elementary schools. Their primary duties include developing learning materials, teaching, answering student inquiries, assigning homework, and managing classroom supplies.

How To Become A Second Grade 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.


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.


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.


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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Second Grade Teacher Career Paths

Second Grade Teacher
Teacher Instructor ESL Instructor
Academic Director
8 Yearsyrs
Third Grade Teacher Special Education Teacher
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Educator Site Coordinator Youth Director
Children's Ministries Director
5 Yearsyrs
Reading Teacher Lead Teacher Adjunct Professor
Curriculum Director
9 Yearsyrs
2nd Grade Teacher Instructor Chairperson
5 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Assistant Director Adjunct Instructor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Third Grade Teacher Preschool Teacher
Director Of Preschool
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Case Manager Special Education Teacher
Director Of Special Education
12 Yearsyrs
2nd Grade Teacher Teacher Pre-K Teacher
Director Of Teacher Education
5 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Adjunct Instructor Instructor
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Educator Outreach Coordinator Health Educator
Education Program Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Preschool Teacher Lead Teacher Assistant Principal
High School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Sixth Grade Teacher Math Teacher Assistant Principal
Middle School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Teacher Assistant Director Band Director
Orchestra Director
5 Yearsyrs
Reading Teacher Kindergarten Teacher
School Director
7 Yearsyrs
Preschool Teacher Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal
School Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Principal High School Principal Assistant Superintendent
School Superintendent
14 Yearsyrs
Fourth Grade Teacher Assistant Principal
Vice Principal
9 Yearsyrs
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Second Grade Teacher Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Italian

  • Japanese

  • Arabic

  • Mandarin

  • Portuguese

  • Korean

  • Chinese

  • Hindi

  • Russian

  • Hebrew

  • German

  • Urdu

  • Swedish

  • Gujarati

  • Wolof

  • Navajo

  • Braille

  • Albanian

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Real Second Grade Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Second Grade Teacher The British International School of New York, Riverview Campus Ltd. New York, NY Oct 09, 2016 $79,560
Second Grade Teacher Oakland Hebrew Day School Oakland, CA Mar 01, 2011 $62,610 -
Second Grade Bilingual Teacher Fort Bend Independent School District Houston, TX Sep 11, 2012 $52,633
Second Grade Teacher Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy PCS Washington, DC Jan 07, 2013 $52,000
Bilingual Second Grade Teacher Irving Independent School District Irving, TX Sep 20, 2013 $50,843
Spanish Dual Immersion Second Grade Teacher Canyons School District Sandy, UT Sep 08, 2014 $49,590
Pre-K and Second Grade Teacher The J127 Education Foundation Fairfax, VA May 05, 2014 $48,000
Second Grade Teacher Epiphany School Seattle, WA Aug 30, 2009 $48,000 -
Second Grade Bilingual Teacher Golden Rule Schools, Inc. Dallas, TX Dec 05, 2014 $45,500
Second Grade Teacher The Park School of Baltimore, Inc. Baltimore, MD Jan 07, 2014 $45,230
Second Grade Teacher The Carey School San Mateo, CA Oct 01, 2012 $45,000
Second Grade Teacher North Davis Preparatory Academy Layton, UT Aug 04, 2015 $42,440
Second Grade Teacher Dual Immersion Academy Salt Lake City, UT Oct 01, 2012 $40,500
Second Grade Spanish Dual Immersion Teacher Murray City School District Murray, UT Oct 13, 2016 $39,335
Second-Grade Teacher The School District of Palm Beach County Delray Beach, FL Sep 21, 2015 $39,000 -

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Top Skills for A Second Grade Teacher


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Top Second Grade Teacher Skills

  1. Classroom Management
  2. Grade Curriculum
  3. Everyday Mathematics
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Experienced in planning, instruction, classroom management, and interpersonal communication.
  • Prepared and facilitated lessons that met objectives of second grade curriculum.
  • Followed Everyday Mathematics, Six Traits Writing, used and learned through technology, assessed with Pearson Assessments.
  • Created and executed assessment - driven weekly lesson plans which led to high academic achievement and provided differentiated instruction.
  • Instructed second grade general education in reading, writing, grammar, phonics, math, science and social studies.

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