Elementary School Teacher

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

Job Outlook through 2028

Employment Current: 53,040
Employment Projected: 56,820
Percentage Change: 7.1%

Education/Training

Bachelor's Degree

Sample Job Titles

  • Art Teacher
  • Classroom Teacher
  • Educator
  • Elementary Education Teacher
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Elementary Teacher
  • Fifth Grade Teacher
  • First Grade Teacher
  • Second Grade Teacher
  • Teacher

Duties

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

Skills

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

Average Wages in PA

Entry Level: $44,360
Average: $66,960
Experienced: $100,870