What Can You Do With A Major In Middle School Education?


Middle school teachers help students delve more deeply into subjects introduced in elementary school and expose them to more information about the world and themselves.   Classroom presentations are designed by the teachers to meet the students needs and abilities.  Teachers may also need to include multicultural programming in their lesson plans to address the needs of all students.  In addition, teachers oversee study halls and supervise extracurricular activities. This helps them to identify physical or mental problems so the students are referred to the proper resource agency for diagnosis and treatment.  Public school teachers must have at least a bachelor's degree and be licensed.



Some Related Career Titles    


Entry Level Jobs 

Reading Teacher

Substitute Teacher

Physical Education Teacher

Art Teacher

Bilingual Teacher

Algebra Teacher


2 Years Minimum Experience Needed Positions and/or Master Degree 


Social Worker 







General Career Directions

  • English Teacher 
  • Bilingual teacher
  • Health Teacher
  • Coach
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Art Teacher
  • Algebra Teacher                              


To research these titles and more go to:  (Occupational Outlook Handbook)  




Typical Employers/Work Settings  

  • Secondary Schools
  • Educational Support Services
  • Religious Organizations
  • Individual and Family Services       
  • Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities

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Skills Needed For This Career

  • Oral Communication Skills
  • Ability to organize and coordinate
  • Creativity
  • Ability to motivate others
  • Listening skills
  • Special Education Skills
  • Persuasive skills
  • Written Communication Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Mathematical Abilities
  • Curriculum Development
  • Language Skills
  • Counseling Skills
  • Group Dynamics 


Beginning Salary Range: 

From the Spring 2008 NACE Salary Survey (National Association of Colleges and Employers) BAE: $36,000; MAE: $43,000

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Links To Professional Associations  

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.

Association for Middle Level Education

 National Middle School Association (NMSA)

American Federation of Teachers

National Association of State Boards of Education

National Education Association
Association of Teacher Educators
Association of American Educators
Council for Exceptional Children
American School Counselor Association
American Library Association
American Association of School Administrators
American Educational Research Association
International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
Phi Delta Kappa International
Association for Career and Technical Education
American College Personnel Association
NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

National Association of School Psychologists



Job Search Information 

National Organizations or Databases










Graduate Schools  

Local Programs

University of North Florida

University of Central Florida

University of South Florida

University of West Florida

Florida International University  

Other Resources for Graduate program research






Link To UNF Academic program  

The Department of Foundations and Secondary Education offers a Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE) in the following areas:

Middle School Education with tracks in
:Math/Science track (5-9)



College of Education and Human Services Job Search Internet Links 

Teaching/School Administration- Public Schools
Teaching/School Administration-Independent and Private Schools
Physical Education/Sports 
Human Services/Non-Profit/Counseling
Special Education and Related Services
College and University Job Search Internet Resources 
Educational Consulting/Human Resources/Research & Evaluation 
State and Federal Government Job Search 

Career Action Plan

  • Conduct an informational interview and/or shadow a professional in the field
  • Join a professional association for this career field
  • Develop leadership skills by participating in on-campus activities (RA, Peer Advisor, Student Government, Presidential Envoys, Fraternities, Sororities, Student Clubs)
  • Look to do an internship in your junior and/or senior year to gain experience in this field
  • Obtain teaching experience working with target age group by doing volunteer or part-time work
  • Consider taking a public speaking course to develop your presentation skills
  • Attend job fairs and networking events to meet with employer representatives and to explore options