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.


Typical Career Paths

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

Related Career Titles

Note: Some of these occupations might require an advanced degree

Adult Education Teacher   Educational Resource Manager
Media Center Specialist   Alumni Relations Coordinator
Educational Therapist   Athletic Coach
Elementary Teacher   Physical Education Instructor
Athletic Director   Preschool Administrator
Child Life Specialist   Financial Aid Counselor
Registrar/Admissions Director   Curriculum Specialist
Grant Writer   Training Specialist
Day Care Administrator   Guidance Counselor
Resource Teacher   Education Management
Historic Site Administrator   School Psychologist
Education Materials Sales   College/University Instructor
Secondary School Teacher   Education/Training Administrator
Kindergarten Teacher   Social Worker
Librarian   Speech Pathologist
Tutor   Student Affairs Administrator
Industrial Arts Teacher   Special Education Administrator



 Typical Employers/Work Settings


  • Public Schools
  • Local government educational services                 
  • Private schools                                                 
  • Child daycare services                                                   
  •  Religious organizations/schools


Match This Major To Careers

Magnifying Glass And Exploration


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
Interpersonal skills   Mathematical abilities
Curriculum development   Language skills
Counseling skills   Group dynamics
Ability to teach/train   Explaining ideas clearly
Lesson planning   Ability to teach to different learninglevels
Flexibility   Computer skills
Provide/respond to feedback   Cultural understanding
Public speaking   Organization
Planning   Managing time/stress


Beginning Salary Range


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


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)  


Internet Resources

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. 

Teaching Job Search Resources

Teaching/School Administration- Public Schools

Teaching/School Administration-Independent and Private Schools

Special Education and Related Services

College and University Job Search Internet Resources 


Graduate School

Applying To Graduate and Professional Schools



Link To UNF Academic Program

he 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 Interest Codes

Elementary Education- Social; Enterprising; Conventional (SEC)

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