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Become A Student Teacher

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Working As A Student 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

  • $45,530

    Average Salary

What Does A Student Teacher Do

A Student Teacher instructs students under the supervision of a certified teacher in order to qualify for a degree in education.

How To Become A Student 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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Student Teacher Career Paths

Student Teacher
Instructor Case Manager Special Education Teacher
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Coach Physical Education Teacher
Athletic Director
5 Yearsyrs
Group Leader Site Coordinator Youth Director
Children's Ministries Director
5 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Adjunct Professor
Curriculum Director
9 Yearsyrs
Instructor Program Coordinator Adjunct Instructor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Teacher Preschool Teacher
Director Of Preschool
7 Yearsyrs
Teacher Instructor Special Education Teacher
Director Of Special Education
12 Yearsyrs
Teacher Aide Preschool Teacher Pre-K Teacher
Director Of Teacher Education
5 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Office Manager Instructor
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Outreach Coordinator Health Educator
Education Program Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Teacher Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal
High School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Assistant Director
Interim Director
10 Yearsyrs
Social Studies Teacher Assistant Principal
Middle School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Preschool Teacher Assistant Director Band Director
Orchestra Director
5 Yearsyrs
Preschool Teacher Kindergarten Teacher
School Director
7 Yearsyrs
Long Term Substitute Teacher Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal
School Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Math Teacher Adjunct Professor
School Superintendent
14 Yearsyrs
Math Teacher Science Teacher Assistant Principal
Vice Principal
9 Yearsyrs
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Student Teacher Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    73.1%
  • Male

    24.8%
  • Unknown

    2.1%

Ethnicity

  • White

    80.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.9%
  • Asian

    7.3%
  • Unknown

    1.8%
  • Black or African American

    0.6%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    51.7%
  • French

    10.9%
  • Chinese

    4.7%
  • Mandarin

    4.4%
  • Italian

    4.0%
  • German

    3.4%
  • Arabic

    3.3%
  • Korean

    2.9%
  • Russian

    2.8%
  • Japanese

    2.5%
  • Cantonese

    1.3%
  • Hindi

    1.2%
  • Portuguese

    1.1%
  • Hebrew

    1.1%
  • Greek

    1.0%
  • Urdu

    1.0%
  • Polish

    1.0%
  • Vietnamese

    0.9%
  • Ukrainian

    0.5%
  • Thai

    0.4%
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Real Student Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Teacher of Students With Severe Disabilities Santa Clara County Office of Education San Jose, CA Sep 26, 2014 $101,011
Teacher of Students With Severe Disabilities Santa Clara County Office of Education San Jose, CA Sep 26, 2013 $97,241
Teacher of Students With Moderate/Severe Disabilit Santa Clara County Office of Education San Jose, CA Oct 02, 2013 $95,333
Teacher of Students With Severe Disabilities Santa Clara County Office of Education Campbell, CA Oct 01, 2013 $89,974
Teacher of Students With Severe Disabilities Santa Clara County Office of Education Saratoga, CA Oct 10, 2013 $87,157
Teacher of Students With Speech & Language Disabilities Bilinguals Inc. Hillsdale, NY Sep 21, 2016 $62,673
Teacher of Students With Speech & Language Disabilities Bilinguals Inc. Hillsdale, NY Sep 22, 2016 $62,673
Teacher of Students With Speech & Language Disabilities Bilinguals Inc. Hillsdale, NY Aug 19, 2016 $62,673
Teacher of Students With Speech & Language Disabilities Bilinguals Inc. Hillsdale, NY Mar 11, 2015 $59,027
Teacher of Students With Speech & Language Disabilities Bilinguals Inc. Hillsdale, NY Mar 17, 2015 $59,027
Teacher of Students With Speech & Language Disabilities Bilinguals Inc. Hillsdale, NY Aug 06, 2015 $59,027
Students With Disabilities (Grades) Teacher New York City Department of Education New York, NY Apr 02, 2016 $48,445
Students With Disabilities Teacher New York City Department of Education New York, NY Sep 01, 2014 $48,445
Students With Disabilities (Grades) Teacher New York City Department of Education New York, NY Jan 02, 2016 $48,445
Students With Disabilities (Grades) Teacher New York City Department of Education New York, NY Feb 02, 2016 $48,445

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Top Skills for A Student Teacher

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Top Student Teacher Skills

  1. Weekly Lesson Plans
  2. Classroom Management Skills
  3. Mathematics Lessons
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assumed full teaching responsibility in Kindergarten classroom developing, planning and implementing weekly lesson plans and units.
  • Praised by cooperating teacher on classroom management skills Related Volunteer Experience
  • Incorporated music into mathematics lessons on fractions by writing songs that utilized acoustic guitar and vocal abilities.
  • Developed and executed original activity plans that served as curriculum.
  • Developed lesson plans and instructed kindergarten and first grade students primarily in the areas of Language Arts, Mathematics and Art.

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