I am curious if Elementary school teachers can teach any grade in Elementary school or are they trained to just teach one certain grade. I know that some of the teachers at the school my son went to seem to change the grade level they teach. Like a 1st grade teacher is now going to be a 3rd grade teacher. Is this the norm and how does this work?
It really depends on their certification and state laws. Some teachers have certification to teach K-3rd grade and some have certification to teach K- 5th (sometimes 6th). In some states you can go through an Elementary Education program in college and then take a test and teach certain classes/subjects in middle and high school. Also, depending on the state, a person can have a B.S. in anything, take the state teaching test and get a provisionally licenses to teach. They will then be observed and take a few classes and after about a year they will get their full licenses. Overall, though most teachers are trained on subjects and pedagogy.
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