Unit Group

4032 Elementary school and kindergarten teachers

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.

Example Titles

French immersion teacher – elementary school
elementary school teacher, English as a second language
elementary school teacher, French as a second language
kindergarten teacher
primary school teacher
remedial teacher – elementary school
special education teacher – elementary school
special education teacher – primary school
supply teacher – elementary school
teacher-librarian, elementary school

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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
  • 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.

    Additional information

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

    Classified elsewhere

    • Early childhood educators and assistants (4214)
    • Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants (4413)
    • Elementary school librarians (in 5211 Library and public archive technicians )
    • Psychoeducators (in 4153 Family, marriage and other related counsellors )
    • School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education (0422)
    • Secondary school teachers (4031)
    • Teachers of persons with developmental disabilities (in 4215 Instructors of persons with disabilities )

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