Teaching young children! Could there be a career choice that’s more satisfying and enjoyable? For those who love to be around youngsters and have a positive influence on their upbringing and education, then enrolling on a course at an elementary teacher school could be just the start to the job of your dreams. This is a highly responsible area of education, and one that is in constant need of well-trained individuals who’re able to both communicate and teach children in this age range. If you love being around kids and are keen to learn the pedagogy theories and communication techniques necessary to educate children in the K-6 age range (kindergarten through to sixth grade), then elementary teacher education could well be the college course you’re looking for.

What is an elementary teacher school all about?
Taking a degree in elementary education is both diverse and fascinating. As well as learning the various teaching skills you’ll also delve into the psychology and development of children in this age range. Expect to learn about math, science, art, history, literature and the language arts, as elementary school teachers will need to provide their pupils with a grounding in all of these subjects. Assessment and evaluation of your pupils will also play an important part of your education, and you can expect a good amount of hands on experience so you’re ready to enter the work force as soon as you complete your education.

What will I learn at elementary teacher school?
Naturally, every college and university presents its syllabus in a slightly different manner. But every elementary teacher certification will cover the following:

  • The principles of teaching and specifics that apply to this particular age range
  • Developmental psychology
  • Educational psychology
  • Classroom evaluation and assessment techniques
  • Classroom management
  • Various subjects – such as math, English and science – and specifically how to teach these to elementary school students.

What methods will an elementary teacher school use to teach me?
One of the best things about elementary teacher education is the large amount of practical work involved. Of course, there’s also a good amount of theoretical learning, but as your course continues you can expect to get a fair amount of hands on experience working with children. This is highly likely to be in the form of work experience placements with schools in your locality. Other methods of instruction to expect will be project work, self-led learning, assessment and evaluation, group and individual critiques as well as end of term and/or year examinations.

After gaining my elementary teacher certification, what options are open to me for employment?
With the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics forecasting that the demand for teachers nationwide is set to continue to rise, the outlook for elementary teachers is looking very positive. Elementary schools throughout the country continue to have a need for teachers at this level, as current teachers retire or move onwards in their careers. Other options available to qualified teachers might include working in schools in other English speaking countries around the world, or in countries that have a high proportion of English speaking expats.