Elementary School Teachers, Counselors, and Career Education

Executive Summary about Elementary by Mary Askew and Sandra Wilson

Elementary Schools

Elementary Schools

As teachers and counselors, you know that the elementary school years are important. With your help, your students remain open to new career ideas and possibilities. As you work with your students, your students do not make premature career choices or career preparations. For your students, elementary school is a time to build awareness.

As elementary school teachers and counselors, you use career education to promote self-worth, skill development, and decision making strategies. Your activities are designed to build self, family, school, community, and career awareness. The National Career Development Guidelines (NCDG) have domains, goals, and indicators. The National Career Development Guidelines (NCDG) prepares you to make materials that are suitable for your students.

As a elementary school counselors and teachers, you create individual career plans and portfolios. Individual career plans (ICP) –

Develop self-awareness

Identify initial career goals and educational plans

Increase employability and decision making skills

Individual career portfolios summarize career awareness activities and experiences that occur during the school year. Career days

Career fairs

Information interviewing

Literary works

Job shadowing

All of the career activities and tools combine academic work with career pathways. Career activities serve as foundations for future skills. As teachers and counselors, you help students build connections between academics and real life situations. You use career education activities to stress the importance of language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science.

You show students that Language Arts have many uses in the work force:

Listening skills

In Social Studies, your students learn about –


Your students learn the importance of Science gaining skills to solve problems. Automotive industry

The connections between academics and real life situations reinforce, develop, and expand previously learned skills. In summary, as a elementary school teachers and counselors, you help students:

Build self-esteem and confidence

Identify interests and build relationships between the school environment and the work force

Build academic, communication, problem solving, and social skills

Increase awareness of the need for future jobs skills

See the connections between learning in school, academic skills, job related skills, and careers

See career possibilities

Build self-determination

As counselors and teachers, you build self-awareness, family awareness, school awareness, community awareness, career/ work awareness, attitude development, skill development, decision making strategies, and self-worth. You use age-appropriate materials that match the developmental levels of the students. Examples of activities include individual career plans (ICP), individual career portfolios, career days, career fairs, field trips, information interviewing, and library book reports.

After completing career education activities, your students are prone to get higher grades, academic achievement, school involvement, and interpersonal skills. As your students get older, they will achieve their career visions and goals.

Knowing If You Want to Become an Elementary School Teacher

If you are someone who is seriously considering a career as an elementary school teacher then it is important to remember that you will be helping children you teach to develop and grow. “How do you know if you want to become an elementary school teacher?”

As an elementary school teacher you will often be required to teach the children more than one subject and so it is best that you have a well rounded education. Going beyond your own liking of young children, communication with them is also a big part of being an elementary education teacher.


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