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Elementary School Teacher

Overview: Elementary school teachers introduce children to curriculum in reading, math, social studies and sciences required as a basis for further education. They detect and remedy common learning difficulties experienced by students and counsel them when adjustment problems arise.
Duties: Plan and prepare training materials and decide how to best present them in either a group or individual student situation.

Observe and evaluate students' achievement levels and their potential for learning more advanced materials. They administer diagnostic tests to decide in which areas the students need help.

Meet with parents, attend faculty planning meetings to design methods for broadening students' interests and improve their social competencies.

They counsel students and encourage them to become active in extra-curricula activities such as art, sports and hobbies that provide a means for self-expression.

Degree(s): A.A./B.A. QCC/QC Dual/Joint Liberal Arts & Sciences and Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) 
Job Outlook: Employment of elementary school teachers will grow as fast as average through 2018. Best opportunities are for teachers in math, science, and bilingual teachers and in rural and inner city areas. Most growth in enrollment will be in the South and Southwest.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $36,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: All states require that public school teachers be certified for one or several related subjects. All states require a bachelor's degree and completion of an approved teacher training program with a prescribed number of subject credits and supervised practice teaching. Almost all states require teachers to be enrolled in continuing education courses for renewal of the teacher's certificate. Some states require a master's degree.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
  • Doing something to contribute to the betterment of the world. Doing something for the greater good.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.