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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 often have one group of students and teach a variety of subjects, but sometimes they teach only one or a few subjects, such as language arts or mathematics and science.   Elementary teachers work in public, private, or parochial institutions.  They must also be open to diverse groups of people, for they work with students differing in age, sex, and race, along with different culture, linguistic, and religious backgrounds.   An elementary school teacher is responsible for planning, evaluating, and assigning lessons; preparing, administering, and grading assessments; guiding classroom discourse; and managing the learning environment


TESOL teachers help non-english speaking students learn and understand the English language. Teachers work in public, private, or parochial institutions. They must also be open to a diversity of people for they work with students differentiating in age, sex, and race, along with different ethical and religious backgrounds. TESOL is a global association for English language teaching professionals. TESOL encompasses a network of approximately 60,000 educators worldwide, consisting of more than 14,000 individual members and an additional 45,000 educators within the 100 plus TESOL affiliate associations. A TESOL teacher’s mission is to ensure excellence in English language teaching to speakers of other languages. Teachers are also responsible for planning, evaluating, and assigning lessons; preparing, administering, and grading tests; listening to oral presentations; and maintaining classroom discipline. They also must prepare the student in the behavioral aspect, building comfort in different situation for life after graduation  

Typical Career Paths

  • Elementary Teachers (grades K-5th or 6th)
  • Preschool Teachers
  • Elementary Art Or Music Teacher 
  • Instructional Coaches 
  • Librarians 

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

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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

Beginning Salary range is $47,630
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 Advocates for aspiring and current educators and teachers - Advocates for aspiring and current educators and teachers.  

Graduate School

Applying To Graduate and Professional Schools

Link To UNF Academic Program

Childhood Education, Literacy, and TESOL offers a Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE) and a Master of Education (MEd) in 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