What does a Teacher do?

Teachers develop curriculum and lesson plans, and present those lessons to their students, individually or in groups. They track the progress of their students and create reports to inform parents about their progress. Teachers are responsible for maintaining a safe and respectful classroom environment in order to optimize student capabilities and develop their love of learning.

Teachers are required to have a Bachelor's degree and a teaching credential. In order to obtain a teaching credential, a minimum number of hours in education coursework must be completed and an exam must be passed. Requirements may vary by state and type of school. Many teachers choose to advance their career by entering into administrative positions, like prinicipal or superintendent.

  • Develop curriculum to meet developmental goals and instructional activities
  • Prepare lesson materials, grade papers, manage the classroom, and evaluate and give feedback to students
  • Exercise open and respectful communication with families, co-workers, supervisors, and other school staff
  • Measure progress and accomplishments of students towards their academic achievements on a regular basis and provide progress reports as required
  • Create and keep records on attendance, accidents, incidents, and other noteworthy events in accordance with licensing guidelines and program policies
  • Attend conferences and workshops in order to further advance professional development
  • Manage student behavior in accordance with outlined guidelines
  • Provide a safe, thriving, and respectful environment for all students in the classroom and on the school campus
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • Teaching credential/certificate/license for corresponding age/grade level
  • 2 years of teaching experience
  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to build relationships effectively and professionally with families and students
  • Experience developing and implementing curriculum
  • Physical ability to handle frequent sitting, stooping, bending, pushing, pulling, and moving throughout the room
  • Proven ability to maintain a safe and studious classroom environment
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement age-appropriate curriculum
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.2 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Teacher Salaries

Average Base Pay

$3,500 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$2K
Median: $4K
$6K
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Teacher Career Path

Learn how to become a Teacher, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Teacher
$50,000/yr
L3
Teacher III
No Salary Reports
L4
Lead Teacher
$76,000/yr
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Teacher Insights

Read what Teacher professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Boise School DistrictBoise School District
ENL Summer School Teacher
11 Sep 2019

“The pay is great and there is very little work done outside of the classroom.”

Success Academy Charter SchoolsSuccess Academy Charter Schools
Lead Teacher
19 Jan 2022

“If you are not certified to teach it is a good salary and experience to get your feet wet.”

Houston ISDHouston ISD
Teacher
17 Sep 2019

“This was really frustrating and I barely managed to enroll in benefits within the slim 30”

Bright Horizons Family SolutionsBright Horizons Family Solutions
Teacher
3 Jun 2021

“Pay is not the greatest but the depends heavily upon where you work and what role”

Needham Public SchoolsNeedham Public Schools
Teacher
2 Mar 2021

“Salary and support: it is one of the best paying districts for teachers in MA”

ILSCILSC
Teacher
10 Jan 2020

“If you work in the evenings then hours can be quite unsociable but good for saving money.”

Classical Charter SchoolsClassical Charter Schools
Associate Teacher
20 Oct 2019

“Professional development courses are interesting yet doesnt not help in executing what you had learned.”

Canadian Trillinium School
Teacher
19 Aug 2019

“The work/life balance was good and you don't have to work much beyond the regular school hours.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a teacher

When working as a teacher, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are CPR First Aid, CDA, English, Teaching Experience and First Aid.

The most similar professions to teacher are:
  • Instructor
  • Language Teacher
  • Esl Teacher
  • English Teacher

The most common qualifications to become a teacher is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.