Elementary school and kindergarten teachers (NOC 4032)

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Nature of work

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.

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
  • - Continued…
  • - 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.

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