Occupation Summary

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

O*NET 25-2021.00


Teach students basic academic, social, and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level.

Annual Wages:
Employment Rate:
Employment is expected to increase by 20.41%.
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 for whom they are responsible.
  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 various 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 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 areas of need.
  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 assisting in school libraries, 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.

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Labor Market Information

2016 National employment 1,410,900
2016 Texas employment 143,963
Texas projected employment by 2026 173,351
Texas projected annual employment and Turnover openings through 2026 14,049

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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 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.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
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.
Philosophy and Theology
Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
History and Archeology
Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

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.
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.
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.
Active Learning
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Reading Comprehension
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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.

Top 10 Relevant Abilities Relevant Importance Levels
Oral Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Oral Comprehension
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
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.
Written Comprehension
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
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 there is a problem.
Deductive Reasoning
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Written Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Fluency of Ideas
The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

  • Training and Teaching Others
    -- Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Thinking Creatively
    -- Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
    -- Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Coaching and Developing Others
    -- Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
  • Documenting/Recording Information
    -- Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Other Activities

  • Adapt course of study to meet student needs
  • Administer educational institutions
  • Apply early childhood education techniques
  • Assist students with classes, courses, or extracurricular activities
  • Communicate individual or group progress
  • Communicate with others using social media
  • Conduct educational presentations
  • Conduct field trips
  • Conduct parent conferences
  • Confer with parents to determine student needs or develop programs
  • Confer with school personnel to determine student needs or develop programs
  • Coordinate instructional outcomes
  • Correct grammar, punctuation, or spelling in written materials
  • Demonstrate physical activities
  • Design informational presentations
  • Determine student learning levels
  • Determine student problems
  • Develop course or training objectives
  • Develop educational assessment materials
  • Develop instructional materials
  • Develop instructional programs
  • Develop teaching aids
  • Empathize with others during counseling or related services
  • Establish relationships with students
  • Evaluate educational outcomes
  • Evaluate instructional curricula
  • Evaluate instructional material
  • Evaluate instructional programs
  • Evaluate student performance
  • Evaluate students for needs, skills, or educational potential
  • Evaluate training programs, materials, or instructors
  • Identify childhood or adolescent diseases
  • Instruct participants in recreational or fitness activities
  • Lead indoor or outdoor games
  • Maintain business or financial records, reports, or files
  • Maintain educational or training-related records, reports, or files
  • Maintain group discipline in an educational setting
  • Manage classroom activities
  • Manage decorum in meetings or group sessions
  • Mentor individuals in the workplace
  • Mentor parents in educational setting
  • Mentor students
  • Monitor student classroom activities
  • Monitor student progress
  • Motivate student behavior and performance
  • Operate audio-visual equipment
  • Operate computers to enter, calculate, access, and retrieve data
  • Organize educational material or ideas
  • Organize speakers or judges for classes, events, or programs
  • Perform continuing education to maintain licenses, certifications, qualifications, and knowledge currency
  • Plan esteem building activities for children
  • Plan social behavior learning activities
  • Plan student extra-curricular activities
  • Prepare audio-visual teaching aids
  • Prepare instruction manuals
  • Prepare technical or scientific reports
  • Provide care for children or adolescents
  • Provide constructive feedback
  • Provide health education and disease prevention instruction
  • Record student progress
  • Relay information to supervisor or officials
  • Report physical or emotional abuse
  • Resolve academic problems
  • Resolve behavioral problems in school setting
  • Resolve problems in educational settings
  • Respond to employee or worker concerns
  • Respond to parent or student concerns
  • Schedule meetings, activities, classes, or events
  • Schedule student field trips
  • Select method of instruction
  • Select teaching materials
  • Serve on academic, scientific, and advisory committees
  • Serve on planning, governance, or administrative committees
  • Set-up equipment for demonstrations or presentations
  • Supervise subordinate personnel or contractors
  • Teach correct eating habits
  • Teach elementary or primary courses
  • Teach food or nutrition principles
  • Teach mentally or emotionally-impaired students
  • Teach parenting techniques
  • Teach personal hygiene
  • Teach social skills
  • Teach sports rules or techniques
  • Teach training techniques
  • Translate written or spoken language
  • Update educational curriculum
  • Upload data to website or online server for information sharing
  • Write public sector, educational, or institutional grant proposals
  • Write research or project grant proposals

  • 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.


Binocular light compound microscopes: Optical compound microscopes;

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;


Computer based training software: Children's educational software;

Electronic mail software: Email software; Microsoft Outlook;

Graphics or photo imaging software: Graphics software;

Internet browser software: Web browser software;

Office suite software: Microsoft Office software;

Presentation software: Microsoft PowerPoint;

Project management software: Microsoft SharePoint software;

Spreadsheet software: Microsoft Excel;

Word processing software: Microsoft Word;

Related O*NET occupational titles for Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education include:
  • 25-3011.00 Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors
  • 25-2023.00 Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School
  • 21-2021.00 Directors, Religious Activities and Education
  • 21-1012.00 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
  • 25-2012.00 Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education
  • 25-2022.00 Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
  • 25-2011.00 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
  • 39-9032.00 Recreation Workers
  • 25-2031.00 Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

Sources of Additional Information
  • For more information about teaching and becoming a teacher, visit: Teach.org
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • National Education Association
  • Teacher.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.