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Elementary school and kindergarten teachers teach basic subjects such as reading, writing and arithmetic or specialized subjects such as English or French as a second language at public and private elementary schools. Elementary school librarians are included in this unit group.
French immersion teacher – elementary school, elementary school teacher, elementary school teacher, English as a second language, elementary school teacher, French as a second language, kindergarten teacher, librarian, elementary school, primary school teacher, remedial teacher – elementary school, special education teacher – elementary school, supply teacher – elementary school.
- Prepare courses for presentation to students according to approved curriculum
- Teach students using a systematic plan of lessons, discussions, audio-visual presentations and field trips
- Lead students in activities to promote their physical, mental and social development and their school readiness
- Assign and correct homework
- Prepare, administer and correct tests
- Evaluate the progress of students and discuss results with students, parents and school officials
- Identify children's individual learning needs
- Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help
- Participate in staff meetings, educational conferences and teacher training workshops
- May supervise teachers' aides and student teachers.
Elementary school and kindergarten teachers may specialize in such areas as special education or second language instruction.
Outlook & Prospects for Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers in Centre-du-Québec Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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For the 2012-2014 period, job opportunities in the Centre-du-Québec region are expected to be good for this occupation.
The level of employment is relatively high in this group. It is estimated that there are approximately 1,500 jobs in this occupational group in Centre-du-Québec. Employment growth, which is clearly stronger than that for all occupations, is expected from now to 2014. The number of teaching jobs is directly related to school enrolment, which is linked to demographics. Despite this unfavourable demographic outlook, the willingness to reduce student-teacher ratios, and take into consideration the number of students with difficulties in the classroom, will help to maintain the level of employment in this occupation. Moreover, the population is increasing more rapidly in some Regional County Municipalities (MRCs), which will lead to a shift of personnel and needs. For example, the construction of an elementary school, such as the one expected to open in Drummondville in September 2011, has not occurred in 50 years in this region.
The unemployment rate in this occupation is very low. Job opportunities will result primarily from employment growth. The need to replace retirees will also create good job opportunities. A smaller number of job openings will also be created through staff turnover. The needs are greater in some areas of specialization. Some teachers leave their jobs sometimes because of the lack of job security.
Temporary teaching licences and "tolerated hiring" requests are sometimes granted. The holders of these licences are generally more qualified: they must be in the fourth year of a university teacher-training program, or have a bachelor's degree in the subject matter they are teaching and be committed to completing their teacher's training. A "qualifying" Master of Education degree (French, mathematics and science) has been created to allow teachers who are not legally qualified to obtain their certificate. The University of Sherbrooke has offered this program online since 2007. It should be noted that a certain number of Quebec teachers go to Ontario for their training.
The latest survey conducted by the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières (UQTR) in 2010 indicates that the majority of elementary school and kindergarten teaching students found work after completing this course of studies. However, approximately 35 % of these jobs are part-time. According to the 2006 Census, approximately 29% of elementary school and kindergarten teachers were aged 45 and over in the Centre-du-Québec region. Men are in the minority accounting for just under 11% of jobs in this occupational group.
Local Labour Market News
Week of May 27 – May 31, 2013
- Collège Ellis will invest $1.1M in the construction of a student residence in Drummondville (available in French only)
- Elementary school École C will be built at a cost of $7.2M in Drummondville's Saint-Charles-de-Drummond sector (available in French only)
Week of Mar 25 – Mar 29, 2013
- The Commission scolaire des Bois-Francs is investing $8.3M in Victoriaville to build a vocation training centre specializing in the construction trades (available in French only)
Week of Dec 17 – Dec 21, 2012
- The Laforest Building at the Commission Scolaire des Chênes de Drummondville will be expanded thanks to an investment of $3.5M (available in French only)
- The École nationale de police du Québec in Nicolet will construct a new training facility estimated at $10.7M (available in French only)
Week of Jul 09 – Jul 13, 2012
- The Commission scolaire of Bois-Francs invests $14M to renovate and expand various schools for the 2013 school year (available in French only)
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