25 The average number of students in each classroom within most public schools in the United States.
colleges and universities, are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. Graduating from an accredited program is not necessary to become a teacher, but it may make fulfilling licensor requirements easier. All fifty States and the District of Columbia require public school teachers to be licensed. Private schools are generally exempt from meeting State-licensing standards. Usually the State Board of Education or a licensor advisory committee grants licenses that includes a test of competency in basic skills, such as reading and writing, and in teaching and require teachers to exhibit proficiency in their subject. Teachers may be licensed to teach the early childhood grades; the elementary grades; the middle grades; a secondary-education subject area; or a special subject, such as reading or music. All States require teachers to have their bachelor’s degree and have gone through student teaching program before obtaining their license. Some States also require technology training and the attainment of a minimum grade point average. Many states are now requiring teacher’s to have a master’s degree as well. In addition to being very knowledgeable about the subjects they teach, teachers must have the ability to communicate, inspire trust and confidence, and motivate students, as well as understand the students’ educational and emotional needs. A teacher must be able to respond to a wide range of both social and academic problems within the classroom. They should be organized, dependable, patient, and creative.
The Median annual wages of kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers ranged from $47,100 to $51,180 in May 2008; the lowest ten percent earned $30,970 to $34,280; the top ten percent earned $75,190 to $80,970.
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