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Working As A Technology 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 Technology 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 Technology 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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Technology Teacher Career Paths

Technology Teacher
Social Studies Teacher Adjunct Instructor ESL Instructor
Academic Director
8 Yearsyrs
Instructor Case Manager Special Education Teacher
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Instructor Program Coordinator Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
4th Grade Teacher Language Arts Teacher Adjunct Professor
Curriculum Director
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Instructor Adjunct Professor Associate Dean
Dean
5 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Program Coordinator Adjunct Instructor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Science Teacher Instructor
Director Of Instruction
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Site Director Preschool Teacher
Director Of Preschool
7 Yearsyrs
Social Studies Teacher Teacher Pre-K Teacher
Director Of Teacher Education
5 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Adjunct Instructor Instructor
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Math Teacher Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Educator Assistant Principal
High School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Technology Coordinator Project Manager Technical Project Manager
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Instructor Adjunct Faculty Assistant Principal
Middle School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Assistant Principal Assistant Director Band Director
Orchestra Director
5 Yearsyrs
Math Teacher Instructor
Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Principal Education Director
School Director
7 Yearsyrs
Science Teacher Assistant Principal
School Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Technology Coordinator Technical Support Specialist Information Technology Manager
Technical Director
7 Yearsyrs
4th Grade Teacher Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal
Vice Principal
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Business Teacher 4.1 years
Teacher 3.8 years
Art Teacher 3.3 years
History Teacher 3.2 years
Teacher Advisor 3.2 years
Technology Teacher 3.0 years
Resource Teacher 2.9 years
Reading Teacher 2.6 years
Top Employers Before
Teacher 23.2%
Internship 5.2%
Instructor 3.2%
Owner 3.1%
Tutor 3.1%
Top Employers After
Teacher 23.8%
Instructor 5.8%
Internship 4.0%
Tutor 3.8%
Owner 2.3%

Technology Teacher Demographics

Gender

Female

52.1%

Male

46.2%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

79.5%

Hispanic or Latino

11.2%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

1.9%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.3%

French

9.7%

Mandarin

5.6%

Chinese

4.2%

Russian

4.2%

German

2.8%

Cantonese

2.8%

Indonesian

1.4%

Bulgarian

1.4%

Yoruba

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%

Carrier

1.4%

Kinyarwanda

1.4%

Urdu

1.4%

Navajo

1.4%

Hindi

1.4%
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Technology Teacher Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.3%

Grand Canyon University

11.4%

Lesley University

6.3%

Nova Southeastern University

5.1%

Michigan State University

4.5%

Walden University

4.5%

Drexel University

4.5%

Ashford University

4.0%

State University of New York College at Oswego

4.0%

Appalachian State University

3.4%

Capella University

3.4%

Grand Valley State University

3.4%

DePaul University

3.4%

Purdue University

3.4%

University of Delaware

3.4%

Georgia Southern University

3.4%

National Louis University

3.4%

Central Michigan University

3.4%

Texas State University

2.8%

State University of New York Buffalo

2.8%
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Majors

Education

14.9%

Elementary Education

14.9%

Educational Technology

14.6%

Educational Leadership

10.1%

Business

7.0%

General Education, Specific Areas

6.0%

Curriculum And Instruction

4.0%

Computer Science

3.9%

Communication

3.3%

Information Technology

2.8%

English

2.7%

Special Education

2.7%

Computer Information Systems

2.0%

Electrical Engineering

1.8%

Psychology

1.8%

Graphic Design

1.7%

Secondary Education And Teaching

1.6%

Fine Arts

1.4%

Early Childhood Education

1.4%

Management

1.4%
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Degrees

Masters

42.9%

Bachelors

29.4%

Other

14.6%

Certificate

4.8%

Doctorate

3.6%

Associate

3.6%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.3%
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Real Technology Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Technology Teacher Charles County Public Schools Indian Head, MD Aug 17, 2009 $81,342
Teacher of Electronics Engineering Technology ECPI College of Technology Newport News, VA Oct 14, 2010 $63,700
Technology Teacher La Fondation Du Lycee Francais International de Wa Bethesda, MD Aug 26, 2014 $62,689
DP Mathematics and Technology Teacher Town of Westlake Westlake, TX Oct 01, 2012 $60,853
DP Math/Technology Teacher Town of Westlake DBA Westlake Academy Westlake, TX May 18, 2012 $60,093
Primary & Secondary School Technology Teacher Atlanta International School Atlanta, GA Sep 15, 2015 $60,000 -
$75,000
Technology Teacher Prince George's County Public Schools Oxon Hill, MD Jan 19, 2011 $58,737
Secondary School Technology Teacher The Galloway Schools, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jan 08, 2016 $56,000
Technology Teacher La Fondation Du Lycee Francais International de Wa Bethesda, MD Oct 01, 2010 $55,584
Technology Teacher Catholic High School Inc. Green Bay, WI Jan 11, 2016 $53,845
Technology Teacher Catholic High School Inc. Green Bay, WI Jan 10, 2016 $53,845
Upper School Math/Technology Teacher Wardlaw Hartridge School Edison, NJ May 27, 2010 $53,770
Science and Technology Teacher International Community School, Inc. Decatur, GA Oct 05, 2015 $52,357
Stem Teacher/Director of Technology Covenant Preparatory School, Inc. Hartford, CT Jan 07, 2016 $51,150
Design & Technology Teacher Atlanta International School Atlanta, GA Jan 09, 2016 $50,000 -
$55,000
IB Technology Teacher New York Preparatory School New York, NY Jan 20, 2011 $50,000
Science Technology Combination Teacher El Paso Independent School District El Paso, TX Jul 02, 2012 $48,250
Stem Teacher/Director of Technology Covenant Preparatory School Inc. Hartford, CT Jul 01, 2014 $47,100
Mathematics and Technology Teacher In The French L Dallas International School Richardson, TX Aug 01, 2011 $46,608
Infor. Curriculum Tech. Teacher-Primary and Mid Atlanta International School Atlanta, GA Sep 15, 2012 $46,000 -
$66,000
Technology Teacher Fairfield/Easton Regional Catholic School, Inc. Fairfield, CT Feb 27, 2009 $44,000
French and Technology Teacher Audubon Charter School New Orleans, LA Jul 10, 2011 $42,926
Technology Teacher Florida International Academy, Inc. Opa-locka, FL Sep 04, 2014 $42,000
Spanish Partial Immersion Technology Teacher Charlotte Lab School Charlotte, NC Aug 15, 2016 $42,000
Science and Technology Teacher International Community School, Inc. Decatur, GA Oct 05, 2014 $41,380 -
$52,000
Science and Technology Teacher International Community School, Inc. Decatur, GA Jul 01, 2012 $40,680
Technology Teacher Neuse Charter School of Johnston County Selma, NC Jul 01, 2010 $40,340
Technology Teacher Florida International Academy, Inc. Opa-locka, FL Oct 01, 2013 $40,030

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Top Skills for A Technology Teacher

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Top Technology Teacher Skills

  1. Core Curriculum
  2. Classroom Management
  3. Web Design
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Collaborated with educators in grades B4k-8 to create project based learning tied to Common Core Curriculum.
  • Developed and delivered Professional Development to staff focusing on classroom management skills.
  • Enhanced students' summer camp experience with instruction in graphics and web design.
  • Created lesson plans for computer skills incorporating subject matter and BPS Curriculum Frameworks.
  • Instructed four Mathematics classes a day to under achieving students in 4th-8th grade.

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