Occupation Summary

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

O*NET 25-2021.00


Teach academic and social skills to students at the elementary school level.

Annual Wages:
Employment Rate:
Employment is expected to increase by 13.16%.
Education Level:
Bachelor's Degree. According to O*Net, the majority of people employed in this occupation have this level of education.
Public Service

  1. Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among the students.
  2. Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  3. Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
  4. Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  5. Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  6. Instruct students individually and in groups, using teaching methods such as lectures, discussions, and demonstrations.
  7. Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
  8. Assign and grade class work and homework.
  9. Read books to entire classes or small groups.
  10. Prepare, administer, and grade tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress.
  11. Confer with parents or guardians, teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems.
  12. Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities for their children and their resource needs.
  13. Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
  14. Prepare students for later grades by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
  15. Guide and counsel students with adjustment or academic problems or with special academic interests.
  16. Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.
  17. Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.
  18. Provide a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate, and use, both in learning activities and in imaginative play.
  19. Enforce administration policies and rules governing students.
  20. Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
  21. Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
  22. Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
  23. Prepare for assigned classes and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors.
  24. Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of elementary school programs.
  25. Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.
  26. Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.
  27. Organize and lead activities designed to promote physical, mental, and social development, such as games, arts and crafts, music, and storytelling.
  28. Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
  29. Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.
  30. Organize and label materials and display students' work.
  31. Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required.
  32. Administer standardized ability and achievement tests, and interpret results to determine student strengths and needs.
  33. Supervise, evaluate, and plan assignments for teacher assistants and volunteers.
  34. Involve parent volunteers and older students in children's activities to facilitate involvement in focused, complex play.
  35. Perform administrative duties, such as school library assistance, hall and cafeteria monitoring, and bus loading and unloading.
  36. Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.
  37. Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms.
  38. Sponsor extracurricular activities, such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.

National Industry Employment Patterns

Industry % of Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education employed Annual Growth Rate
Elementary and secondary schools 97.8 0.76

Labor Market Information

2020 National employment 1,371,100
2020 Texas employment 132,235
Texas projected employment by 2030 149,638
Texas projected annual employment and Turnover openings through 2030 11,712

* Due to confidentiality rules, not all regions may have the data displayed. The sum of all the regions may not be equal to the state total.

Top 10 Relevant Knowledge Areas Relevant Importance Levels
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
English Language
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology.
History and Archeology
Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
Public Safety and Security
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures, and their history and origins.

Top 10 Relevant Skill Areas Relevant Importance Levels
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Teaching others how to do something.
Learning Strategies
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Reading Comprehension
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
Active Listening
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Social Perceptiveness
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Top 10 Relevant Abilities Relevant Importance Levels
Oral Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Written Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.
Deductive Reasoning
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Oral Comprehension
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Speech Recognition
The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Inductive Reasoning
The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Information Ordering
The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
    -- Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Getting Information
    -- Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Training and Teaching Others
    -- Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
    -- Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
    -- Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Other Activities

  • Achievement
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Relationships
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.


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Board games: Educational board games;

Building blocks: Toy block sets;

Cassette players or recorders: Audiotape players;

Childrens science kits: Science activity kits;

Compact disk players or recorders: Compact disk CD players;

Compasses: Pencil compasses;

Desktop computers: Desktop computers;

Digital cameras: Compact digital cameras;

Intercom systems: Intercom systems;

Laboratory balances: Precision balances;

Laminators: Laminating machines;

Laser printers: Computer laser printers;

Notebook computers: Laptop computers;

Overhead projectors: Overhead display projectors;

Personal computers: Personal computers;

Photocopiers: Photocopying equipment;

Pocket calculator: Handheld calculators;

Prisms: Prisms;

Tactile toys: Pegboards;

Televisions: Television monitors;

Video cassette players or recorders: Video cassette recorders VCR;


Cloud-based data access and sharing software: Google Drive; Microsoft SharePoint;

Computer based training software: Padlet; Schoology; Children's educational software; Common Curriculum; EasyCBM;

Data base user interface and query software: Blackboard software;

Desktop communications software: ClassDojo; ClassTag; Tadpoles;

Electronic mail software: Microsoft Outlook; Email software;

Graphics or photo imaging software: Graphics software; JamBoard;

Internet browser software: Web browser software;

Multi-media educational software: Nearpod; Seesaw; Kahoot!; Edpuzzle;

Office suite software: Microsoft Office software;

Presentation software: Microsoft PowerPoint; Pear Deck;

Project management software: Google Classroom;

Spreadsheet software: Microsoft Excel;

Video conferencing software: Google Meet;

Video creation and editing software: Flipgrid; Screencastify;

Word processing software: Microsoft Word; Google Docs;

Related O*NET occupational titles for Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education include:
  • 25-3011.00 Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and English as a Second Language Instructors
  • 25-2012.00 Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education
  • 25-2022.00 Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
  • 25-2031.00 Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
  • 25-2056.00 Special Education Teachers, Elementary School
  • 25-2055.00 Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten
  • 25-2057.00 Special Education Teachers, Middle School
  • 25-2058.00 Special Education Teachers, Secondary School
  • 25-9042.00 Teaching Assistants, Preschool, Elementary, Middle, and Secondary School, Except Special Education
  • 25-3041.00 Tutors

Sources of Additional Information
  • For more information about teaching and becoming a teacher, visit: American Federation of Teachers
  • National Education Association
  • Teach.org
  • For more information about teacher preparation programs, visit: Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
  • Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
  • Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

  • Contact Texas Workforce Commission
    Labor Market and Career Information  |  101 E. 15th Street, Annex Room 0252  |  Austin, Texas 78778
    Official Website  |  1-800-822-PLAN (7526)  |  512.936.3200

    ** The information in this report may be derived from many sources like O*NET, BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), OOH (Occupational Outlook Handbook), and Career One Stop.