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Career Facts - Education Program

Elementary Education (Teacher)

Also see Secondary Education (Teacher)
Also see Paraprofessional Certificate

What They Do:

Elementary school teachers work with children ages 5 to 13. Most are assigned to one grade level, K-6, with a classroom of about 20-25 children.  They teach a broad range of subjects such as reading, math, geography, and science.  Teachers who specialize in subjects such as Music, Art or Foreign Language, might move from class to class and grade to grade. Teachers also serve as counselors, role models, and disciplinarians, and regularly spend time outside of class communicating with parents, preparing lessons, grading papers and improving their own knowledge and skills.

Related Occupations:

School administrator, school counselor, sign language interpreter, university professor.

Who Would Enjoy It:

You will probably enjoy being an elementary teacher if you:

  • Are interested in a career in a human services field,
  • Enjoy being around young children,
  • Like solving problems and sharing what you know,
  • Think it is important to explore new ideas
  • Hope to make a difference in someone's life.

What They Earn:

Certified elementary teachers work 10 months per year with a median salary of $45,570 in May 2006, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Specialties such as math, science, special education and bilingual education are currently in high demand. Teachers who have taught for many years and have earned advanced degrees could earn up to $85,000.

How Many Jobs Available

Nearly 30% of Michigan's teachers will be retiring over the next decade, creating available positions for newly certified teachers in all fields. There are current and projected shortages for urban school districts and special education.

How Much Schooling, Training, or Skill Development:

To earn certification as an Elementary Teacher you must complete a Bachelor Degree (B.A.) in teacher education from an accredited college or university and pass the Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification (MTTC). Most degree programs require completion of two minors or a major in subjects normally taught in K-8. To become qualified to teach special education, pre-school (early childhood), or bilingual education, you must earn a degree in the field or take supplementary coursework.  Teachers are expected to earn six professional development credits every five years.

What They Study at LCC:

Follow the Curriculum Guide for Associate in Arts Degree, Education

For information about transferring to other Michigan colleges and Universities:  Transfer Guides.

Geoff Quick, PhD
Education Lead Faculty

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