Primary School Teacher Qualifications

By | March 14, 2013

Teaching is a rewarding profession that requires enthusiasm for knowledge and great patience. Not everyone is cut out to be a primary school teacher, because it is such a demanding job that can become wearing after time. However, if you were blessed with the necessary skillset and talent to teach young students, then this career path is worth pursuing.  Primary school teacher qualifications are numerous and thorough, but they are necessary to prepare you for your intense adventure in education. If you are responsible, have a creative mind and enjoy working with children you should begin the process of gaining qualified teacher status immediately.

GCSE And A Level Grades Required

In order to begin your training to become a teacher you must first have GCSE grades at C or better in the following subject areas English, Maths and Science.  It is also very useful to include other more diverse courses like History and foreign languages. After these initial requirement have been met you must then have at the minimum two A level passes in subjects that are connected to the primary school curriculum. The teaching curriculum usually includes courses like English or mathematics. Those looking to teach in the UK from abroad can consult the NARIC website to check your qualifications meet the minimum requirement.

Choosing A Degree

The most straight forward route in to teaching at primary school level is to undertake BEd Primary Education course or a BA Primary Education course. These normally come with Qualified teacher status and take between 3-4 years. The course will focus on teaching of  the core subjects areas and you will gain hands on teaching experience via placements at a school.  If you already hold a degree you can do a PGCE to gain qualified teacher status. One point to take note of is that some universities prefer your degree to be in a national curriculum subject, so check with the university before applying.

Additional Skills Required

Besides just basic teaching curriculum requirements teachers can also benefit from possessing a unique and diverse skillset.  This includes being able to develop good interpersonal relationships and having good communication skill. It can also be helpful if prospective teachers have basic computer skills and experience interacting with children. Primary school teachers are responsible for teaching more than one subject; therefore their wealth of knowledge must be vast and broad. This includes being informed about art, music and theater.

Even after you have met the initial requirements and proven your skillset, admission into teacher training courses comes down to your academic history and the validity of your references. This process could involve interviews to evaluate you more effectively. During these interviews you are likely to be given classroom scenarios that you will be asked to problem solve. This process will enable you to be judged on how well you understand child development and how aware you are of issues pertaining to children. These interviews will cover many topics and will require you to share the skills and knowledge you have acquired so far.

After your teaching training has been completed you will then need to pass competency exams and background checks. Most background checks are done to ensure that you have no criminal records. Once these steps have been completed your profession as a primary school teacher can begin.