Middle school teachers teach, usually, grades six through eight in the United States. They teach specialized subjects, such as English, history or math, and prepare students for the more demanding and difficult work ahead in high school. They also help to guide kids and instill positive attitudes and values in them.
Annual salaries for middle school teachers will vary depending on your experience, education level, and expertise. In 2013, the average annual salary for middle school teachers working in the U.S. was $56,630 per year.
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Texas has the greatest number of middle school teachers, with 71,640 teachers earning a yearly average salary of $50,860. California is second, where 47,380 middle school teachers earn an average salary of $67,390.
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Use our interactive map below to find out which areas of the United States are currently experiencing the greatest amount of growth and job availability for graduates looking for a career as a middle school teacher. The associated information has been gathered from Bureau of Labor statistics, representing data collected in 2012.
Everyone says that few jobs are more rewarding than teaching, but it’s worth spelling out just what the benefits of teaching are—for you and the students.
Many people remember great middle school teachers from their own schooling, but a lot of a teacher’s work is done before they step inside a classroom. A working knowledge of these skill sets will help to set you apart from other candidates.
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Middle school teachers must have a bachelor’s degree in a particular subject area, such as English, math or science. Public school teachers are also required to also hold a state-issued certification or license, showing that they know their subject area, and can create a good learning environment for kids. In some states middle school teachers may need to take part in further professional development to keep their certification. Private schools often, but don’t always, require their teachers to be publicly certified too.