A Beginner’s Guide to Becoming an Elementary School Teacher

Teaching is one of those careers that are always in demand. But ignoring the job prospects, do you really want to be a teacher? Do you believe you’ll find a teaching career rewarding. Because not every suited to the teaching profession, it’s important that you really deliberate on this matter.

Once you’re convinced that becoming a teacher is what you want, you’ll want to know what it takes to become one. This piece highlight the fundamental qualities every teach should ideally possess, plus the formal requirements for becoming an elementary educator.

Character traits
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Being a teacher can be rewarding or strenuous, depending on your character traits. If you enjoy working with kids, then it shouldn’t be a problem. A lot of people choose teaching as a career without realizing that they don’t really enjoy working with kids. Some of them will consequently ditch the profession after working a few years. Other vital qualities include:
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Empathy–children will often have issues they’re struggling with, so it’s important to be able to understand things from their perspective before you can help them. This is to say you’ll need to exercise patience with them as you try understand where they may be coming from.

Inventiveness–kids are typically curious and have an expansive view of the world, which should be encouraged rather than discouraged or dismissed. You can help the children enjoy exploring and learning by giving them creative assignments and activities to work on.

Educational requirements
The basic requirement for becoming a professional teacher is to completing a teacher certification program. In most cases, this is essentially a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. You may also need to embark on a master’s degree that centers on teacher preparation after completing your bachelor’s.

Before you settle on a certification program, make sure you understand your options first. Accreditation is one of the essential elements to look for. Because certification requirements will vary from state to state, teacher certification programs are required to be regionally accredited. This means you need to obtain certification from the state you want to live and work in.

Professional experience

Part of the requirements for your certification program is getting some classroom experience. This is an internship program, basically, in which you gain direct experience planning for lessons and instructing students under the supervision of an experienced tutor.


Prospective public school teachers are required to obtain a license from the state. Requirements for licensure may vary according to state, but the basics will include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited certification program, classroom experience (completing your internship) and some additional teaching experience. In your preparations, be sure to do your homework on the exact requirements for licensure in your state.