Those wishing to teach at the kindergarten or elementary level must have a bachelors degree in elementary education. In addition, some states may require additional degrees or certifications. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers are usually certified to teach early grades, which are usually pre-k through third grade, or elementary school grades. In teacher education programs, future teachers will learn how to deliver information to young students and how to work with young students with varying abilities and backgrounds. Programs usually include fieldwork, like student teaching. During student teaching, they work with a mentor teacher and gain experience teaching students in the classroom. Elementary school teachers should be great communicators, creative, patient, and resourceful. As you gain experience in these positions, there is opportunity for advancement. Experienced teachers can become mentors or lead teachers, helping others to improve their teaching skills. They can also become school counselors, librarians, assistant principal or principal. These positions typically require extra education or certification.