Elementary School Teachers

Teacher at Table with Young Students

Elementary school teachers instruct students from the first through sixth or eighth grades. They develop teaching outlines and lesson plans, give lectures, facilitate discussions and activities, keep class attendance records, assign homework, and evaluate student progress. Most teachers work with one group of children throughout the day, teaching several subjects and supervising such activities as lunch and recess. Nearly 1.4 million elementary school teachers are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Teach students from the first through sixth or eighth grades
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • English
  • History
  • Speech
Experience Experience as a student teacher required
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
  • Social
  • Interpersonal
  • Public Speaking
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • School Principal or College Professor
  • Senior or Mentor Teacher
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant or Student Teacher

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