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Elementary Education

Page Index: Elementary Education

Academic Information:

What is Elementary Education?

Elementary education teachers help students in grades 1-6 learn about subjects ranging from mathematics to language arts. A bachelor's degree is usually required to become an elementary education teacher. However some schools require teachers to earn a master's. A professional experience is also often necessary. In addition to a college degree, different states have various certification requirements for teaching.

Career Information

Possible Job Titles

  • Adult Ed. Teacher
  • Alumni Relations Coord.
  • Athletic Coach
  • Camp Director
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Curriculum Specialist*
  • Day Care Administrator
  • Ed. & Training Administrator
  • Ed. Management Specialist
  • Educational Therapist
  • Ed. Researcher
  • Educational Materials
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Educational Admin.*
  • Financial Aid Counselor
  • Employee Training Instructor
  • Guidance Counselor*
  • Grant Writer
  • Instructor, College/Unv.*
  • Historic Site Administrator
  • Librarian
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Media Center Specialist
  • Library Consultant
  • Military Base Teacher
  • Missionary Worker
  • Museums Teacher
  • Preschool Administrator*
  • Physical Ed. Instructor
  • Religious Inst. Education Coordinator
  • Registrar/Admissions Director*
  • Resource Teacher
  • School Psychologist*
  • Special Ed. Administrator*
  • Social Services Volunteer
  • Student Personnel Administrator
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Student Admissions Administrator
  • Student Affairs Administrator*
  • Teacher, Adventure & Outdoor Education
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Teacher, ESOL
  • Teacher, Special Education
  • Tutor

Denotes additional education required*

Typical Places of Employment

  • Adoption & Child Care Agencies
  • Adult Literacy Programs
  • Advertising Firm
  • Boards of Education
  • Book Stores and Publications
  • Bureau of Blind Services
  • Business/Industry
  • Camps
  • Churches/Organizations
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Corporations
  • Correctional Institutions
  • Day Care Centers
  • Entertainment Center/Resorts
  • ESOL Programs
  • Government Agencies
  • Hospitals and Rehabilitation Agencies
  • Labor Unions
  • Libraries
  • Manufacturer's Childcare Products
  • Newspapers/Magazines/Periodicals
  • Military Bases
  • Nursing Homes/Retirement Communities
  • Community Organizations
  • Political Parties
  • Recreation Departments
  • Schools (Public, Private)
  • Test Development/Preparation

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Planning courses
  • Continuing education
  • Counseling
  • Designing Lessons
  • Instructing students
  • Interacting with faculty, parents, and employers
  • Supervising student activities
  • Communication skills
  • Ability to plan
  • Performing admin. duties
  • Assessing
  • Leadership
  • Data Analysis
  • Advising students
  • Evaluate student performance
  • Keeping up with developments in the field
  • Organized/Prepared

Alumni Resources

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)





Vera Torrence 1968 Director of Curriculum and Director Leadership Development New Leaders for New Schools
Janine Steele 1999 Fourth Grade Regular Education Teacher Cecil County Public Schools
Susan Otto 1997 Special Education Teacher Montgomery County Public Schools
Kevin Gates 1987 Lacrosse Coach/Counselor Worcester Prep School
Linda Porter 1977 Director of Education MD State Dept. of Juvenile Justice
Pat Dennison 2002 Teacher The Howard County Public School System

Related Links: Further Explore this Career Field

Professional Associations:

American Federation of Teachers

National Education Association

Resources of Education Societies

US Department of Education

List of Associations

American Education Research Association

Other Career-Related Links:

Careers in School Counseling & School Psychology

Careers in Special Education

Careers in Colleges

Teaching Internationally

Accreditation/Certification Information

Alternative Certification

By States:

National Sites:

Teacher Professional Organizations

Other Career Information for Teachers

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