4032 Elementary school and kindergarten teachers

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Lead statement

Elementary school and kindergarten teachers teach basic subjects such as reading, writing and arithmetic or specialized subjects such as English or French as a second language at public and private elementary schools.

Example Titles

  • elementary school teacher, English as a second language
  • elementary school teacher, French as a second language
  • French immersion teacher – elementary school
  • kindergarten teacher
  • primary school teacher
  • remedial teacher – elementary school
  • special education teacher – elementary school
  • special education teacher – primary school
  • supply teacher – elementary school
  • teacher-librarian, elementary school

Main duties

  • Elementary school and kindergarten teachers perform some or all of the following duties:
    • Prepare courses for presentation to students according to approved curriculum
    • Teach students using a systematic plan of lessons, discussions, audio-visual presentations and field trips
    • Lead students in activities to promote their physical, mental and social development and their school readiness
    • Assign and correct homework
    • Prepare, administer and correct tests
    • Evaluate the progress of students and discuss results with students, parents and school officials
    • Identify children's individual learning needs
    • Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help
    • Participate in staff meetings, educational conferences and teacher training workshops
    • May supervise teachers' aides and student teachers.
    • Elementary school and kindergarten teachers may specialize in such areas as special education or second language instruction.

Employment requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in education is required.
  • A bachelor's degree in child development may be required.
  • Additional training is required to specialize in special education or second language instruction.
  • A provincial teaching certificate is required. Additional certification is required to teach English or French as a second language.
  • Membership in a provincial or territorial teachers' association or federation is usually required.

Additional information

  • Progression to education consultant or school principal is possible with experience.

Exclusions

  • Early childhood educators and assistants (42144214)
  • Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants (44134413)
  • Elementary school librarians (in 52115211 Library and public archive technicians)
  • Psychoeducators (in 41534153 Family, marriage and other related counsellors)
  • School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education (04220422)
  • Secondary school teachers (40314031)
  • Teachers of persons with developmental disabilities (in 42154215 Instructors of persons with disabilities)