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Most elementary school teachers instruct one class of children in several subjects. In some schools, two or more teachers work as a team and are jointly responsible for a group of students in at least one subject. In other schools, a teacher may teach one special subject—usually music, art, reading, science, arithmetic, or physical education—to a number of classes. A small but growing number of teachers instruct multilevel classrooms, with students at several different learning levels.

All 50 States and the District of Columbia require public school teachers to be licensed. Licensure is not required for teachers in private schools in most States.

There are about 1.5 million elementary school teachers.
Job opportunities for teachers over the next 10 years will vary from good to excellent, depending on the locality, grade level, and subject taught.


US Bureau of Labor Statistics- Occupational Outlook Handbook

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