Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

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About the Job

Teach students basic academic, social, and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level.

It is also Called

  • Title One Reading Teacher
  • Title I Teacher
  • Teacher
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Social Studies Teacher
  • Sixth Grade Teacher
  • Second Grade Teacher
  • Resource Teacher
  • Reading Teacher
  • Reading Recovery Teacher
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What They Do

  • Perform administrative duties, such as assisting in school libraries, hall and cafeteria monitoring, and bus loading and unloading.
  • Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms.
  • Sponsor extracurricular activities, such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.
  • Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.
  • Involve parent volunteers and older students in children's activities to facilitate involvement in focused, complex play.
  • Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of elementary school programs.
  • Administer standardized ability and achievement tests and interpret results to determine student strengths and areas of need.
  • Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required.
  • Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
  • Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Achievement and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Education and Training - 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 - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Psychology - 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Active Listening - 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.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Preparation Required

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

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $74,270 with most people making between $47,290 and $100,590

Outlook

0.95%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 139,000 people in California. It is projected that there will be 152,200 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 1,320 openings due to growth and about 3,080 replacement openings for approximately 4,400 total annual openings.

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