What does a Middle School Teacher do?

Middle School teachers educate students typically in 6th through 8th grade and help them build on fundamentals taught in elementary school to prepare them for high school. They create lesson plans to teach students appropriate subjects and assess and evaluate their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. They teach lessons to an entire class or, when applicable, to small groups and grade assignments and exams. They communicate with parents or guardians about students’progress and work individually to help overcome their specific learning or social challenges.

Middle school teachers prepare students for standardized tests as required by their state and develop and enforce classroom rules. They are responsible for specific subjects and may also work with special education teachers to adapt lessons, and they may co-teach with special education teachers. Middle School teachers must be comfortable using and learning new technology and need a bachelor's degree and State Certified state-issued certification or a license.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.0 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Middle School Teacher Salaries

Average Base Pay

$53,825 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $54K
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Middle School Teacher Career Path

Learn how to become a Middle School Teacher, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Read what Middle School Teacher professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Colorado Springs School District 11Colorado Springs School District 11
Middle School Language Arts Teacher
Sep 25, 2019

“State aerage pay is 50th nationally; district is lowest paying of comparablly sized district.”

College Achieve Public SchoolsCollege Achieve Public Schools
Middle School Teacher
Apr 14, 2020

“Good pay and the professional development on Fridays is helpful.”

Middle Manager
Jun 28, 2021

“A few good people but not many”

Memphis Rise AcademyMemphis Rise Academy
Middle School Teacher
May 4, 2020

“I feel supported in my capacity to provide children with a quality education and have made so many amazing connections along the way.”

Middle Manager
Jun 1, 2021

“Good work / life balance”

Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland)Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland)
Middle School Teacher
Jan 6, 2020

“Benefits are top notch”

Middle Manager
Jun 1, 2021

“Good people work here”

National GeographicNational Geographic
Middle Manager
Apr 12, 2021

“life balance can be challenging.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a middle school teacher

When working as a middle school teacher, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Teaching Experience, Critical Thinking, Degree IN Education, Enthusiasm, and English Language.

The most similar professions to middle school teacher are:
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  • English Teacher
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Teacher

The most common qualifications to become a middle school teacher include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.