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An elementary school teacher is a trained professional who educates children in grades kindergarten through fifth, though some schools may include grades six, seven and eight. These professionals are responsible for the educational growth and emotional health of children in a child-oriented classroom setting. The teacher also provides the materials and resources used for educating students.
Elementary school teachers are responsible for teaching and mentoring children as well as encouraging their development of various skills. Other duties include:
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 3% occupational growth rate for kindergarten and elementary school teachers between the years 2018 and 2028. Demand for teachers will vary by region depending on the number of new student enrollments with more opportunities expected in urban and rural school districts than suburban school districts.
Most states have created an alternative pathway for individuals who already have a bachelor's degree in a major not related to education. To become a teacher, these individuals need to complete a teacher preparation course and internship, pass their licensing exam and apply for a teaching license.