Kindergarten/ Elementary Teacher

Teresa Ramirez w/ help of Occupational Outlook Handbook

Duties/Responsibilities

Kindergarten and Elementary school teachers prepare younger students for future schooling by teaching them the basics of subjects such as math and reading.Teachers assess students to evaluate their abilities,strengths, and weaknesses.They grade students' assignments to monitor their progress.They develop and enforce classroom rules to teach children proper behavior.

Avg. Hours/Working Schedule

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers work in public and private schools.They generally work school hours when the 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.

Salary/Wage Potential

The median annual wage of kindergarten teachers: $48,800


The median annual wage of elementary school teachers: $51,660

Education Needed

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must have at least a bachelor's degree. In addition, public school teachers must have a state-issued certification or license. Robert Morris University-Illinois offers associate and bachelor's degree through the school of business administration.

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Skills Required

  1. Enjoy working with children
  2. Patient
  3. Organized
  4. Must be a good example to children
  5. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the subject

Job Outlook/Growth

Employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is expected to grow by 17 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth is expected because of both declines in student–teacher ratios and increases in enrollment. However, employment growth will vary by region.