Elementary School Teachers

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. More than 1.3 million elementary school teachers are employed in the United States.

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

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