Elementary Education

If you love kids and want to make a difference, why not join the 1,358,000 elementary teachers across the country who are doing just that? Elementary teachers make the world a better place by helping young kids reach their potential.

Elementary Education

If you love kids and want to make a difference, why not join the 1,353,000 elementary teachers across the country who are doing just that? Elementary teachers make the world a better place by helping young kids reach their potential.

Online Degrees for Elementary Teachers

All public school teachers need teacher certification. To become a licensed elementary education teacher, you’ll need to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, finish a supervised student teaching experience, and pass certain exams. With the exception of the student teaching component, which must be done on-site, many teachers today get their teaching degrees online.

Salary and Job Growth

Annual Median Salary


Elementary Teacher

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Elementary Teacher Outlook


Salary Information

Elementary education teachers make a great living. But the perks don’t end with your paycheck. You also get summers off to earn even more money, travel, or take college courses, enough to make non-teachers envious of your schedule.

In 2016, the median salary* for elementary teachers across the U.S. was $55,490, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Job Growth information

Elementary education is a crucial part of every school kid’s upbringing. It’s in elementary school that children show their preferences for certain subjects, and teachers encourage them in their interests.

As more teachers are needed, employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to grow 7 percent through 2026.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018-19 Occupational Outlook Handbook.
*The salary information listed is based on national median salaries, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Teaching Career Skills

You love kids and want them to succeed

You enjoy practical work

You're well organized

You're a creative problem solver

You like interacting with different people

You have clear expectations

You like being systematic

You want to make the world a better place

Work Environment

What grades can I teach?

Elementary teachers generally teach kids age four to eleven, so from kindergarten through 6th grade. The grade (and age) you teach depends on your experience and desires. Some people like teaching younger students while others prefer the later grades.

What's the job like?

Elementary education teachers teach all subjects, so in that way, they’re like preschool and kindergarten teachers…but their pupils are older. They teach kids the basics of reading, writing, math, science and other subjects adapted to each grade level. They must be sensitive to each child’s gifts and challenges, identify learning disabilities, and help kids develop their skill and talents.

Day in the Life

Like all teachers, elementary teachers follow a curriculum, develop lesson plans, teach classes in a fun and engaging way, and correct their pupils’ work. They also fill out report cards, communicate with parents, and help with their kids’ academic development. When they go on field trips, they’re responsible for the safety of their pupils.

Program Overview

Kids are future leaders, so it make sense to have great teachers at every age…starting with grade school.

That’s one of the main reasons that states require prospective teachers to earn a bachelor’s degree and do supervised student teaching. An internship like this will let you see what the job is really like, and whether you want to actually teach grade school. It will also let you work under the mentorship an experienced teacher who can give you support when you’re a new teacher.

What You’ll Study

Elementary education degrees will give you the knowledge, skill and experience to succeed in this great career.

You’ll learn about goal setting and evaluating student performance, which are important for all teachers, not just elementary teachers. You’ll also study child development and learn how to teach different types of learners so that everyone gets a great education.

Length of Program

To become an elementary education teacher, you’ll need at least a bachelor’s degree in elementary ed. Most people finish their bachelor’s degree in four years, but some people may take longer, especially if they work while going to school. But don’t forget that there are many convenient online options for getting a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

Sample Classes

Here are some of the courses you’ll take in most elementary education programs:

  • Learning and Development
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Literacy for Young Students
  • Reading and Writing
  • Teaching Elementary Math
  • Teaching Elementary Science
  • Teaching Elementary Social Studies
  • Integrating Fine Arts into K-8
  • Integrating Fitness into K-8
  • Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms

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