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.


Typical Career Paths

  • Teaching Assistants 
  • Elementary Art Teacher 
  • Elementary Educator  
  • Instructional Coordinators 
  • Librarians 
  • Elementary Teacher 
  • Kindergarten Teachers

Related Career Titles

Note: Some of these occupations might require an advanced degree

 

Adult Education Teacher   Educational Resource Manager
Media Center Specialist   Alumni Relations Coordinator
Educational Therapist   Athletic Coach
Elementary Teacher   Physical Education Instructor
Athletic Director   Preschool Administrator
Child Life Specialist   Financial Aid Counselor
Registrar/Admissions Director   Curriculum Specialist
Grant Writer   Training Specialist
Day Care Administrator   Guidance Counselor
Resource Teacher   Education Management
Historic Site Administrator   School Psychologist
Education Materials Sales   College/University Instructor
Secondary School Teacher   Education/Training Administrator
Kindergarten Teacher   Social Worker
Librarian   Speech Pathologist
Tutor   Student Affairs Administrator
Industrial Arts Teacher   Special Education Administrator


Typical Employers/Work Settings

 

  • Public Schools
  • Local government educational services                 
  • Private schools                                                 
  • Child daycare services                                                   
  •  Religious organizations/schools
  • Secondary Schools
  • Educational Support Services
  • Individual and Family Services       
  • Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities

  

 

Match This Major To Careers


Magnifying Glass And Exploration
 

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
Interpersonal skills   Mathematical abilities
Curriculum development   Language skills
Counseling skills   Group dynamics
Ability to teach/train   Explaining ideas clearly
Lesson planning   Ability to teach to different learninglevels
Flexibility   Computer skills
Provide/respond to feedback   Cultural understanding
Public speaking   Organization
Planning   Managing time/stress

   

Beginning Salary Range

From the Spring 2008 NACE Salary Survey (National Association of Colleges and Employers) BAE: $35,000 per year; MAE: $43,000
Salary Resources  

 

 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. 

American Federation of Teachers 

National Association of State Boards of Education 

National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA) 

National Education Association (NEA) 

Association for Middle Level Education

National Middle School Association (NMSA)  

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

www.teachers-teachers.com

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Teaching Job Search Resources

 Office of Academic Support and Information Services

 

 

Graduate Schools

Applying To Graduate And Professional Schools

 

 

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)

 

 

 

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