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Become A Youth Teacher

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Working As A Youth 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

  • $46,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Youth Teacher Do At Ascension Health

* Administers formal and informal assessments appropriately and interprets results.
* Recognizes and effectively addresses family's concerns.
* Ensures that reports and services reflect the family's concerns for their child.
* Makes appropriate referrals to medical and health providers.
* Coordinates with agencies involved with family.
* Collaborates and follows up as needed.
* Provides multi-disciplinary services and promotes family participation in incorporating services into daily routines.
* Coordinates the orientation of new staff.
* Provides mentoring and training to staff.
* Applies knowledge of adult learning principles to teach various types of learning content.
* Takes action to stay abreast of current and evolving learning trends, instructional methods/techniques and emerging technologies.
* Provides emotional support to families in their home.
* Performs all other duties as assigned

What Does A Youth Teacher Do At Five Keys Schools and Programs

* Design and implement open-entry / open exit ISP courses in a variety of subjects (and, when requested, elective subjects) designed for adult students of all academic levels and backgrounds
* Design, modify, and implement evidence-based curricula that targets the language skills needed for education and self-sufficiency
* Complete WPRs and other required paperwork, according to state and school standards for ISP
* Differentiate and scaffold courses to meet the needs of beginning readers and writers, students with disabilities and older students experiencing challenges in school
* Create and implement course outlines and lesson plans that align with students: life goals and backgrounds, including work-related and practical courses integrating technology, life skills and vocational contexts
* Implement daily, effective lessons using a variety of teaching techniques and curriculum into lessons, including direct instruction, small group work, individual learning, multi-sensory, technology and project-based learning
* Strive to meet the standards set out in the California Standards for the Teaching Profession, and assist in establishing and maintaining an effective, and learning climate in the school
* Refer students to Five Keys’ leveraged math, computer, basic skills, and GED courses to build students’ workforce readiness and meet the educational levels needed for sector academies and other job training programs
* Responsible for overseeing the students' academic progress; monitoring grading and matriculation decisions; planning and tracking regular English language assessments
* Establish and maintain an effective learning climate in the school
* Interpret and implement all Board policies, administrative regulations, and negotiated agreements
* Assist in the development, revision, and evaluation of the curriculum and instructional services
* Implement organizational procedures for the health, safety, discipline, and conduct of students
* Serve as liaison between the school and community, implementing the policies of the school
* Maintain confidentiality when dealing with student/staff information
* Communicate with individuals of varied cultural and educational backgrounds
* Plan and implement programs of study following state and school goals/curriculum that meet the individual needs and development of students
* Guide the learning process toward the achievement of curriculum goals; establish clear objectives for all instructional units, projects and lessons to communicate these goals and objectives to students
* Prescribe appropriate learning activities for each student
* Evaluate each student's growth periodically and develop instructional plans for the future; assist the specialists in the instruction of special education students
* Establish and maintain open lines of communication with students and administration
* Assist the administration in implementing all policies and/or rules governing student conduct in the classroom, develop reasonable rules of classroom behavior and procedures, and maintain order in the classroom in a fair and just manner
* Attend staff meetings and serve on staff / school committees as required
* Demonstrate knowledge of subject matter, seek professional growth, improve classroom instruction
* Maintains satisfactory attendance, as defined in school policy and regulations
* Develop curricular map and course outlines
* Abide by Five Keys and Sheriff’s Department policies and procedures
* Other duties as assigned

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How To Become A Youth 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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Youth Teacher Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • German

  • French

  • Arabic

  • Chinese

  • Cantonese

  • Japanese

  • Italian

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Top Skills for A Youth Teacher


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Top Youth Teacher Skills

  1. Full Lesson Plans
  2. Classroom Management
  3. Individual Children
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed classroom management and creative lesson planning to maximize student engagement.
  • Attend a summer bible camp in Middle School hosted by the Montauk Community Church.
  • Job duties included providing tutoring services to students across the k-12 spectrum in the areas of language arts and mathematics.
  • Oversee arrival and departure of youth.
  • Participate in community outreach events (feeding the needy, yard sale etc).

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