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Career and Education Opportunities for Elementary School Teachers

In general, elementary school teachers teach pupils in public or private schools at the elementary level basic academic, social, and other formative skills.

Select a state from the map below to find education opportunities to begin your Elementary School Teacher career.

STATES WITH Elementary School Teacher OPPORTUNITIES

Highlighted states contain educational opportunities in Primary and Secondary School Education

JOB DESCRIPTION: Elementary School Teacher

Elementary School Teacher video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

Elementary school teachers establish and enforce rules for behavior and methods for maintaining order among the students for whom they are responsible. They also attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required. Equally important, elementary school teachers have to meet with other professionals to consider individual students' needs and progress. They are often called upon to observe and evaluate students' performance and physical health. They are expected to talk with parents or guardians and administrators to deal with students' behavioral and academic problems. Finally, elementary school teachers involve parent volunteers and older students in children's activities to enable involvement in focused, complex play.

Every day, elementary school teachers are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to evaluate problems as they arise. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.