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K-12 STANDARDS, CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION


Middle school teachers educate students, typically in sixth through eighth grades. They help students build on the fundamentals they learned in elementary school and prepare them for the more difficult curriculum they will face in high school.

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

Middle school teachers must have at least a bachelor’s degree. In addition, public school teachers must have a state-issued certification or license.

Employment of middle school teachers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Rising student enrollment should increase demand for middle school teachers, but employment growth will vary by region.

Learn more about middle school teachers by visiting additional resources, including O*NET, a source on key characteristics of workers and occupations.

Middle school teachers educate students, typically in sixth through eighth grade. Middle school teachers help students build on the fundamentals taught in elementary school and prepare students for the more difficult curriculum they will face in high school.

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