Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers

(NOC 4032)

in All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

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. Elementary school in kindergarten teachers may specialize in such areas as special education or second language instruction.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 710 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 4880 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common.

The median employment income for 63% of Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $73,065. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$21.63

Minimum

$35.69

Median

$48.08

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,849

Minimum

$60,849

Median

$82,855

Maximum

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

Hourly Pay

$14.00

Minimum

$26.88

Median

$46.15

Maximum

Annual Pay

$5,616

Minimum

$44,335

Median

$92,599

Maximum

About the job

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. Elementary school in kindergarten teachers may specialize in such areas as special education or second language instruction.

Job duties

Elementary school and kindergarten teachers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Plan instructional goals and designated outcomes for all students and clearly communicate to those learners.
  • Use a variety of teaching strategies such as group work, lecture, mini-lessons, exploration, questioning, discussion, and other cooperative teaching techniques.
  • 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.
  • Use a variety of assessment strategies to evaluate the progress of students and discuss results with students, parents, and school officials.
  • Identify children's individual learning needs and adapt curriculum to meet the needs of students.
  • Contribute to and manage an individual program plan for students with special needs.
  • Maintain records for such things as student attendance, evaluations, report cards, discipline records, and other related documents.
  • Plan and implement appropriate classroom management strategies and techniques to ensure productive, interesting, respectful, and safe classrooms.
  • Apply appropriate consequences for inappropriate student behavior.
  • Communicate effectively with students, staff, parents, community and outside agencies to better meet with the needs of students.
  • Participate in staff meetings, educational conferences and teacher training workshops.
  • May supervise teachers' aides and student teachers.

Sample job titles

  • behaviour support teacher
  • early literacy teacher
  • elementary school teacher
  • English as an additional language teacher - elementary school
  • French immersion teacher - elementary school
  • learning centre teacher
  • Reading Recovery® teacher
  • resource teacher
  • special needs teacher - elementary school

Skills

To work in this field, you should be patient, imaginative, objective, and resourceful. Leadership skills and the ability to motivate students are important. You must be able to communicate ideas in a clear, concise, and interesting way. Planning and organizational skills are also necessary. Energy and stamina are often needed, as a teacher's workday involves more than just school hours. You must have the ability to demonstrate fair and ethical judgements and maintain confidentiality as the norm. Teachers must be knowledgeable about their subjects and keep informed of new material and methods of teaching.

Job requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in education is required.
  • A bachelor's degree in child development may be required.
  • Additional training, often at a master's level, is required to specialize in special education or second language instruction.
  • Reading Recovery® teachers require current certification as a Trained Reading Recovery® teacher in accordance with the requirements of the Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery®.
  • A provincial teaching certificate is required. Additional certification is required to teach English or French as a second language.
  • Membership in a provincial teachers' association or union is usually required.

Other considerations

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

By the numbers

Quick look

6,930

employed in 2016

80.5%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

83.2%
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16.8%
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42

median age

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

55,420

employed in 2016

79.3%

employed full-time

6.5%

self employed

64.0%
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36%
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43.5

median age

Where will I likely work?

44.6%

Halifax

16.6%

Northern

15.9%

Cape Breton

11.9%

Annapolis Valley

11.1%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

99.6%

Educational Services

0.2%

Public Administration

0.1%

Other Services

What is the age of Employment?

29.6%

45-54

29.1%

25-34

27.4%

35-44

9.6%

55-64

2.4%

65+

1.9%

15-24

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

36.6%

35-44

29.3%

45-54

24.4%

55-64

4.9%

25-34

4.9%

65+

Top levels of education

51.9%

Bachelor's degree

$57,859 median annual income
33.7%

Doctorate

N/A
8.5%

University advanced certificate or diploma

$72,337 median annual income
3.0%

College certificate or diploma

$30,667 median annual income
1.8%

University certificate or diploma

$52,422 median annual income

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

29.2%

Bachelor's degree

$43,533 median annual income
21.5%

College certificate or diploma

$28,183 median annual income
17.2%

Master's degree

$35,978 median annual income
14.3%

High school

$25,801 median annual income
4.6%

Doctorate

$60,991 median annual income

Education & training

Aboriginal education

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that focuses on the design and implementation of instructional and advising services for First Nations, Inuit and Metis students at various learning levels and that prepares individuals to perform teaching and administrative functions. These programs include courses in the cultural traditions and social patterns, history and politics, learning styles and issues, curriculum design and minority education strategies, counselling techniques and social issues, rural education services, distance education, adult education techniques, school administration, applicable laws and regulations, and research issues.

Institutions providing this program

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Art teacher education

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to teach art and art appreciation programs at various educational levels.

Institutions providing this program

NSCAD University

5163 Duke Street

Halifax, NS B3J 3J6

(902) 444-9600

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Curriculum and instruction

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that focuses on the curriculum and related instructional processes and tools, and that prepares individuals to serve as professional curriculum specialists. These programs include courses in curriculum theory, curriculum design and planning, instructional material design and evaluation, curriculum evaluation, and applications to specific subject matter, programs or educational levels.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Education of individuals with multiple disabilities

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that focuses on the design of educational services for children or adults with multiple disabilities which adversely affect their educational performance and that prepares individuals to teach such students. These programs include courses in identifying students with multiple disabilities, developing individual education plans, teaching and supervising multiple handicapped students, counselling, and applicable laws and policies.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

75 High Street

Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8

(902) 543-4608

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Elementary education and teaching

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to teach students in the elementary grades, which may include kindergarten through grade eight, depending on the school system and applicable regulations. Includes preparation to teach all elementary education subject matter.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

English as a second language (Canada)

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that focuses on the development of proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English for those for whom English is not their mother tongue. These programs include courses in the use of basic communication skills to develop and transmit ideas and thoughts in English as well as specialized programs that focus on the development of proficiency in English sufficient to meet specific occupational or academic demands.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

5685 Leeds Street

Halifax, NS B3K 2T3

(902) 491-6722

Mathematics teacher education

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to teach mathematics programs at various educational levels.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Physical education teaching and coaching

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to teach physical education programs and/or to coach sports at various educational levels.

Institutions providing this program

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Science teacher education

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to teach general science programs, or a combination of the biological and physical science subject matter areas, at various educational levels.

Institutions providing this program

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Special education and teaching - General

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes any general program that focuses on the design and provision of teaching and other educational services to children or adults with special learning needs or disabilities, and that prepares individuals to function as special education teachers. These programs include courses in diagnosing learning disabilities, developing individual education plans, teaching and supervising special education students, special education counselling, and applicable laws and policies.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Teacher education, multiple levels

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to teach students at more than one educational level, such as a combined program in elementary/secondary, early childhood/elementary, elementary/middle school, or junior high/high school teacher education.

Institutions providing this program

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Teaching English as a second or foreign language/ESL language instructor

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that focuses on the principles and practice of teaching English to students who are not proficient in English or who do not speak, read or write English, and that prepares individuals to function as teachers and administrators in such programs.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Teacher

Special Requirements: To work in the public school system Nova Scotia Teacher Certification is required. Certification may be required by other education related employers.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Department of Education & Early Childhood Development, Office of Teacher Certification
2021 Brunswick Street
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(902) 424-6620
(902) 424-3814

Contacts

Nova Scotia Teachers Union
3106 Joseph Howe Drive
Halifax, NS B3L 4L7
Tel: (902) 477-5621
Fax: (902) 477-3517
Canadian Teachers' Federation
2490 Don Reid Drive
Ottawa, ON K1H 1E1
Tel: (613) 232-1505
Fax: (613) 232-1886

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