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4032 – Elementary school and kindergarten teachers

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.

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Example titles

  • English as a second language elementary school teacher
  • French as a second language elementary school teacher
  • 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

This group performs 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

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
4 - Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services
Skill level
0 - Skill level does not apply for management occupations
Major group
40 - Professional occupations in education services
Minor group
403 - Secondary and elementary school teachers and educational counsellors
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2016
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