Description of Occupation/Work Performed
An Elementary School teacher teaches kindergarten and elementary school student's academic, social, and physical skills. They plan age appropriate activities including many hands-on exercises. A teacher will prepare lessons, assign homework, evaluate student performance, and maintain classroom discipline. She or he can use games, music, artwork, films, computers, and other technology to teach children basic skills. All teachers grade papers, prepare report cards, and lead extracurricular activities. Elementary teachers also meet with parents, have conferences, and attend workshops.

Starting Salary/Salary Range
The average starting salary for a teacher is $27,000; the average salary after five years is $50,000; and the average salary after fifteen years is $65,000. According to the National Education Association, public elementary school teachers averaged about $36,400 a year in 1995. The average hourly rate in the state of Maine is $14.13, with an annual salary for a 40-hour week of $29,390.40 and $25,716.60 for a 35-hour week.

Employment Trends/Outlook
There are about 3,335,040 people in the teaching profession. Of those 45% are male and 55% are female.

Places Where People are Employed
Teachers are employed all over the United States. They are employed in public and in private schools, as well as in private homes. There are schools everywhere.

Training/Education needed for job
In the United States public schools teachers are required to be licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Each state's requirements may differ somewhat. However, all require a bachelor's degree, the completion of an approved teacher education program, and supervised practice teaching. An elementary school teacher must have a general education in a wide variety of subjects such as art, history, music, and math. A bachelor's degree in elementary education takes five years. Those people who plan on becoming teachers early on usually take 24 to 36 credits in a specialized area and 18 to 24 credits in teaching courses. The fifth year is spent student teaching. Prospective teachers are advised to acquire skills in communications, organization, and time management. Upcoming teachers who need certification can enter programs that will grant a master's degree. States may also issue emergency certificates to people who do not meet all of the requirements, but the state cannot hire enough teachers with regular certificates.

3 Post-Secondary Schools
The University of Maine at Farmington requires a minimum high school GPA of 2.0, four years of high school English, three years of high school math, two years of high school science, two years of high school foreign language, two years of high school social studies, and three years of high school elective courses. For a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education at Farmington the following courses are required: Education Practicum, Teaching Reading in the Elementary School. Literature for Children, Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary School, Teaching Science to Children: K-8, Elementary Mathematics Education, Elementary Social Science Multicultural Education, Art for the Classroom, Music for the Classroom, History and Philosophy of American Education, Teaching Children with Learning and Behavior Problems in the Regular Classroom, Computers in the Classroom, and Student Teaching and Seminar.
University of Maine at Farmington
102 Main Street
Farmington, ME
The University of Maine at Orono requires four years of high school English, three years of high school math, two years of high school science including one year of lab science, two years of high school foreign language, and two years of high school social studies. For a minor in Elementary or Secondary Education they require 25 to 34 credit hours of course work depending on the student's area of specialization. You must take courses in Child or Adolescent Development, do volunteer work in local schools, community service agencies, summer camp programs, or after school enrichment programs.
University of Maine
5713 Chadbourne Hall
Orono, ME
At Saint Joseph's College in Standish, Maine applying freshmen must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.0, have had taken four high school English classes, three math classes, three science classes including two years of lab sciences, two social studies classes, and two history classes. Classes required for a bachelor's degree are as follows: Foundations of Learning, Introduction to Language Arts with pre-professional field experience, Children's Literature with pre-professional field experience, Writing Process for Elementary Teachers, Educational Psychology, Human Growth and Development, Social Studies Methods, Elementary Reading Methods, Elementary Reading Internships, Elementary Mathematics Methods with Internship, Internship in Special Education,