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Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

Overview
Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Experience

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

Education

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Job Training

Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

Examples

Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include real estate brokers, sales managers, database administrators, graphic designers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.

Teach academic and social skills to students at the elementary school level.

Salary Salary

Salary at 10th Percentile: $40K
Salary at 25th Percentile: $48K
Median Salary: $60K
Salary at 75th Percentile: $79K
Salary at 90th Percentile: $100K

Demand
Career Demand by State Career Demand by State Legend
Core Tasks

Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among the students for whom they are responsible.

Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.

Instruct students individually and in groups, using various teaching methods, such as lectures, discussions, and demonstrations.

Confer with parents or guardians, teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems.

Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.

Prepare students for later grades by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.

Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.

Guide and counsel students with adjustment or academic problems, or special academic interests.

Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.

Provide a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate, and use, both in learning activities and in imaginative play.

Enforce administration policies and rules governing students.

Read books to entire classes or small groups.

Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.

Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms.

Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities for their children and their resource needs.

Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.

Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.

Prepare, administer, and grade tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress.

Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.

Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.

Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.

Organize and lead activities designed to promote physical, mental, and social development, such as games, arts and crafts, music, and storytelling.

Assign and grade class work and homework.

Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.

Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.

Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.

Prepare for assigned classes and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors.

Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.

Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of elementary school programs.

Organize and label materials and display students' work.

Supervise, evaluate, and plan assignments for teacher assistants and volunteers.

Administer standardized ability and achievement tests and interpret results to determine student strengths and areas of need.

Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.

Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required.

Perform administrative duties, such as assisting in school libraries, hall and cafeteria monitoring, and bus loading and unloading.

Involve parent volunteers and older students in children's activities to facilitate involvement in focused, complex play.

Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.

Sponsor extracurricular activities, such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.

Technology Skills
Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Computer based training software
Schoology
Data base user interface and query software
Blackboard software
Desktop communications software
Tadpoles
Electronic mail software
Microsoft Outlook
Graphics or photo imaging software
JamBoard
Internet browser software
Web browser software
Multi-media educational software
Seesaw
Office suite software
Microsoft Office
Presentation software
Microsoft PowerPoint
Project management software
Microsoft SharePoint
Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Video conferencing software
Google Meet
Video creation and editing software
Screencastify
Word processing software
Microsoft Word
Tools Used
Tool
Example
Arts and crafts equipment and accessories and supplies
Pegboards
Audio and visual presentation and composing equipment
Overhead display projectors
Computer Equipment and Accessories
Computer laser printers
Consumer electronics
Television monitors
Data Voice or Multimedia Network Equipment or Platforms and Accessories
Intercom systems
Industrial optics
Prisms
Measuring and observing and testing instruments
Precision balances
Office and desk accessories
Pencil compasses
Office machines and their supplies and accessories
Photocopying equipment
Photographic or filming or video equipment
Compact digital cameras
Toys and games
Toy block sets
Top 10 Knowledge Required
Education and Training
91%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

English Language
88%
Importance

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Mathematics
73%
Importance

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Psychology
72%
Importance

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Computers and Electronics
67%
Importance

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Customer and Personal Service
64%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Clerical
61%
Importance

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

History and Archeology
61%
Importance

Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

Public Safety and Security
57%
Importance

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Sociology and Anthropology
57%
Importance

Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Top 10 Skills
Instructing
85%
Importance

Teaching others how to do something.

Speaking
85%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Learning Strategies
83%
Importance

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Active Listening
80%
Importance

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking
80%
Importance

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Reading Comprehension
80%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Coordination
78%
Importance

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Monitoring
78%
Importance

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Social Perceptiveness
78%
Importance

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Writing
78%
Importance

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Top 10 Abilities
Oral Expression
93%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Deductive Reasoning
80%
Importance

The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Oral Comprehension
80%
Importance

The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Problem Sensitivity
80%
Importance

The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Speech Clarity
80%
Importance

The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Speech Recognition
80%
Importance

The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Written Comprehension
80%
Importance

The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Written Expression
80%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Inductive Reasoning
78%
Importance

The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Fluency of Ideas
75%
Importance

The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

Top 10 Work Activities
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
89%
Importance

Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
86%
Importance

Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Getting Information
86%
Importance

Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Training and Teaching Others
86%
Importance

Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
83%
Importance

Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

Assisting and Caring for Others
82%
Importance

Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

Coaching and Developing Others
82%
Importance

Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

Developing Objectives and Strategies
82%
Importance

Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
82%
Importance

Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Thinking Creatively
82%
Importance

Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

Detailed Work Activities

Establish rules or policies governing student behavior.

Modify teaching methods or materials to accommodate student needs.

Apply multiple teaching methods.

Discuss problems or issues with supervisors.

Discuss student progress with parents or guardians.

Encourage students.

Set up classroom materials or equipment.

Develop instructional objectives.

Advise students on academic or career matters.

Monitor student performance.

Monitor student behavior, social development, or health.

Evaluate student work.

Enforce rules or policies governing student behavior.

Read to students.

Plan educational activities.

Develop strategies or programs for students with special needs.

Collaborate with other teaching professionals to develop educational programs.

Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.

Prepare tests.

Create technology-based learning materials.

Maintain student records.

Assign class work to students.

Teach others to use technology or equipment.

Document lesson plans.

Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.

Prepare reports detailing student activities or performance.

Display student work.

Evaluate performance of educational staff.

Supervise student research or internship work.

Plan experiential learning activities.

Serve on institutional or departmental committees.

Supervise school or student activities.

Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.

Distribute instructional or library materials.

Order instructional or library materials or equipment.

Assist students with special educational needs.

Coordinate student extracurricular activities.

Work Context
Electronic Mail

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Face-to-Face Discussions

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Contact With Others

How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?

Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?

Frequency of Decision Making

How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?

Work With Work Group or Team

How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?

Coordinate or Lead Others

How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?

Physical Proximity

To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?

Public Speaking

How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?

Frequency of Conflict Situations

How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?

Education
Majors
Major
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Elementary Education and Teaching
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Montessori Teacher Education
Waldorf/Steiner Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Online Educator/Online Teaching
International Teaching and Learning
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Educational Methods
Environmental Education
Communication Arts and Literature Teacher Education
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
Teaching French as a Second or Foreign Language
Teaching English or French as a Second or Foreign Language, Other
Social Sciences, Other
Interests
Social
100%
Importance

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Artistic
62%
Importance

Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Conventional
58%
Importance

Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Investigative
53%
Importance

Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Enterprising
34%
Importance

Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Realistic
19%
Importance

Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Top 10 Work Styles
Dependability
97%
Importance

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Adaptability/Flexibility
96%
Importance

Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

Concern for Others
96%
Importance

Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

Integrity
96%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Self Control
96%
Importance

Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

Initiative
94%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Stress Tolerance
94%
Importance

Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

Cooperation
93%
Importance

Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Achievement/Effort
90%
Importance

Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

Leadership
90%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Work Values
Relationships
91%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Achievement
81%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Independence
77%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Support
72%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

Working Conditions
72%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Recognition
62%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.