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Middle School Teachers

Middle School Teachers
Quick Facts : Middle School Teachers*
2010 Median Pay$51,960
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012641,700
Job Outlook17% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change108,300

Middle school teachers help students, usually in grades sixth through eighth, build on the fundamentals they learned in elementary schools. They prepare them for the more difficult subjects and lessons in high school. In many schools, middle school teachers are responsible for only some of the subjects their students learn throughout the day.

What Middle School Teachers Do

  • Plan lessons that teach students subjects such as biology and history
  • Assess students to evaluate their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses
  • Teach students as an entire class or in small groups the lessons they have planned
  • Work with individual students to challenge them and overcome their weaknesses
  • Prepare students for standardized tests required by the state

Work Environment

Middle school teachers work in public and private schools. They generally work school hours when students are present, and use nights and weekends to prepare lessons and grade papers. Most do not work during the summer.
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Job Outlook

Employment of middle school teachers is expected to grow by 17 percent from 2010 to 2020. From 2010 to 2020, the student?teacher ratio is expected to decline which means that each teacher is responsible for fewer students, and, consequently, more teachers are needed to teach the same number of students.
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The average salary of middle school teachers was $51,960 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Middle School Teachers

All states require public middle school teachers to have at least a bachelor's degree. Many states require middle school teachers to major in a content area, such as math or science. Those who major in a content area typically enroll in their university's teacher preparation program and take classes in education and child psychology. Programs typically include fieldwork, such as student teaching.
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