What Can You Do With A Major In Elementary Education?

Elementary School Teachers educate children from kindergarten through the fifth or sixth grade. They help students learn and apply concepts in a variety of subjects.  Elementary school teachers generally have one group of students and teach a variety of subjects, whereas middle and secondary school teachers usually specialize in one or more subjects, educating further into the subject.  Teachers work in public, private, or parochial institutions.  They must also be open to diverse groups of people, for they work with students differentiating in age, sex, and race, along with different ethical and religious backgrounds.  Along with educating the students, the teacher is also responsible for planning, evaluating, and assigning lessons; preparing, administering, and grading tests; listening to oral presentations; and maintaining classroom discipline.


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Entry Level Jobs 

Teacher Assistant

Elementary Art Teacher

Elementary Educator


Kindergarten Teachers


2 Years Minimum Experience Needed Positions and/or Master Degree 

Elementary Counselor 

Elementary Policy Developer 






 General Career Directions


  • Preschool Teachers
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Elementary Art Teacher
  • Elementary Educator
  • Instructional Coordinators
  • Librarians
  • Elementary Teacher
  • Kindergarten Teachers 


Typical Employers/Work Settings 


  • Local government educational services                 
  • Private schools                                                 
  • Child daycare services                                                   
  •  Religious organizations


Skills Needed For This Career

  • Oral Communication Skills
  • Ability to organize and coordinate
  • Creativity
  • Ability to motivate others
  • Listening skills
  • Special Education Skills
  • Persuasive skills
  • Written Communication Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Mathematical Abilities
  • Curriculum Development
  • Language Skills
  • Counseling Skills
  • Group Dynamics 

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 Beginning Salary Range: 

From the Spring 2008 NACE Salary Survey (National Association of Colleges and Employers) BAE: $35,000 per year; MAE: $43,000

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Links To Professional Associations  

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases. 

American Federation of Teachers 

National Association of State Boards of Education 

National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA) 

National Education Association (NEA) 


Job Search Information  

National Organizations or Databases









http://www.teacher.org/state/florida- Advocates for aspiring and current educators and teachers

Teacher.org - Advocates for aspiring and current educators and teachers.



Graduate School Resources  

Master’s Degree In Elementary Education- easy access to information available on master’s degree programs in Elementary Education

Education Degree- directory of 18,000+ teacher education programs (undergrad and graduate)

Florida State University 

University of Central Florida 

University of South Florida 

University of North Florida 

Florida Atlantic University  

University of Alabama 



Link To UNF Academic program  

The Department of Childhood Education offers a Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE) in the following areas: Elementary Education and offers a Master of Education (MEd) in the following area:  Elementary Education   


Holland Codes  

Elementary Education- Social; Enterprising; Conventional (SEC)



College of Education and Human Services Job Search Internet Links  


Teaching/School Administration- Public Schools 

Teaching/School Administration-Independent and Private Schools 

Physical Education/Sports  

Human Services/Non-Profit/Counseling 

Special Education and Related Services 

College and University Job Search Internet Resources  

Educational Consulting/Human Resources/Research & Evaluation  

State and Federal Government Job Search  


Career Action Plan

  • Conduct an informational interview and/or shadow a professional in the field
  • Join a professional association for this career field
  • Develop leadership skills by participating in on-campus activities (RA, Peer Advisor, Student Government, Presidential Envoys, Fraternities, Sororities, Student Clubs)
  • Look to do an internship in your junior and/or senior year to gain experience in this field
  • Obtain teaching experience working with target age group by doing volunteer or part-time work
  • Consider taking a public speaking course to develop your presentation skills
  • Attend job fairs and networking events to meet with employer representatives and to explore options