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Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers

Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers
Quick Facts : Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers*
2010 Median Pay$51,380
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20121,655,800
Job Outlook17% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change281,500


Kindergarten and elementary school teachers prepare younger students for future schooling by teaching them basic subjects such as math and language arts. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers act as facilitators or coaches to help students learn and apply important concepts. Many teachers use a hands-on approach, including props, to help students understand abstract concepts, solve problems, and develop critical thinking skills.

What Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers Do

  • Assess students to evaluate their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses
  • Teach students as an entire class or in small groups the lessons they have planned
  • Work with individual students to challenge them and overcome their weaknesses
  • Prepare students for standardized tests required by the state
  • Develop and enforce classroom rules to teach children proper behavior

Work Environment

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers work in public and private schools. They generally work school hours when students are present, and use nights and weekends to prepare lessons and grade papers. Most kindergarten and elementary school teachers do not work during the summer.
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Job Outlook

Employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is expected to grow by 17 percent from 2010 to 2020, because of both declines in student?teacher ratios and increases in enrollment.
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Pay

In May 2010 the average salary of kindergarten teachers was $48,800.
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Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers

51380

Education Occupations

52556.0

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers*
Percent Change in Employment

Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers

17.0008

Education Occupations

15.236553990840912

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers

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. Those who major in a content area typically enroll in their university's teacher preparation program and also take classes in education and child psychology.
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