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English / Language Arts Teacher

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Teaches English in elementary to secondary schools. Focuses on English, writing, composition, literature, and critical analysis. In elementary school, language arts classes focus on basic reading, writing and linguistic / communication skills. In middle school, the English curriculum evolves and expands to include more complicated reading comprehension, such as fiction, poetry and essays. In teaching high school, the focus relies on developing analytical skills.

Job Outlook

There were 1290 English / Language Arts Teacher job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 25108 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the English / Language Arts Teacher industry, which includes the English / Language Arts Teacher career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new English / Language Arts Teacher jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $46,282.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $42,567.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for English / Language Arts Teacher postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $40,986.

Education and Experience

Posted English / Language Arts Teacher jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree2%
Bachelor's Degree69%
Master's Degree27%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other1%

Posted English / Language Arts Teacher jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years48%
3 to 5 years44%
6 to 8 years5%
9+ years4%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills English / Language Arts Teacher positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • English (84%)
  • Communication Skills (29%)
  • Writing (19%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (19%)
  • Planning (17%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Teaching (96%)
  • Language Arts (28%)
  • Lesson Planning (21%)
  • Special Education (8%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Progress Reports (8%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Learning Styles (7%)
  • Tutoring (6%)
  • Teaching Speakers of Other Languages (6%)
  • Assessment Data (4%)
  • Social Studies (4%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Speech Language Pathology (1%) – marginal value $7,854

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with English / Language Arts Teacher skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • English Teacher
  • High School English Teacher
  • Certified English Teacher Remote
  • Middle School English Teacher
  • Middle School Ela Teacher

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most English / Language Arts Teacher jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • K12, Inc (548)
  • Preply (462)
  • Pearson (429)
  • Getselected Com (333)
  • Johns Hopkins University (297)

North Carolina

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (91)
  • Wake County Schools (56)
  • Winston Salem County Schools (37)
  • Union County Public Schools (36)
  • Cumberland County Schools (26)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!

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