The elementary education program has specific general education and program requirements that prepare a student to transfer successfully to a four-year university’s elementary education licensure program.
“I want to teach because I’m from Haiti where we don’t go to school until age 7, 8, or 9. Sometimes we don’t get to go to school at all. We have to work. I was in an orphanage where I helped others, including my brother, learn. I want everyone to be able to go to school for free. I want them all to get an education. Kids inspire me and make me smile!”
- Jean Paul Gaspard
Jean Paul volunteers at Haxtun Preschool and wants to teach elementary school or preschool.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Rising student enrollment should increase demand for kindergarten and elementary teachers, but employment growth will vary by region.
The number of students enrolling in public kindergarten and elementary schools is expected to increase over the coming decade, and the number of classes needed to accommodate these students should rise. As a result, more teachers will be needed to teach public kindergarten and elementary school students.
Despite expected increases in enrollment in public schools, employment growth for kindergarten and elementary school teachers will depend on state and local government budgets. If state and local governments experience budget deficits, they may lay off employees, including teachers. As a result, employment growth of public kindergarten and elementary school teachers may be somewhat reduced.