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Working As A Middle School Art Teacher

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Make Decisions

  • $51,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Middle School Art Teacher Do

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.

Duties

Middle school teachers typically do the following:

  • Create lesson plans to teach students a subject, such as biology or history
  • Assess students to evaluate their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses
  • Teach lessons they have planned to an entire class or to smaller groups
  • Grade students’ assignments and exams to monitor their progress
  • Communicate with parents about their child’s progress
  • Work with students individually to help them overcome specific learning challenges
  • Prepare students for standardized tests required by the state
  • Develop and enforce classroom rules
  • Supervise students outside of the classroom—for example, at lunchtime or during detention

Middle school teachers generally teach students from sixth to eighth grades. However, in some school districts, they may teach students as early as fourth grade or as late as ninth grade.

In many schools, middle school teachers are responsible for only some of the subjects their students learn. For example, one teacher may be responsible for teaching English and social studies while another may be responsible for teaching math and science. Some middle school instructors teach specialized classes, such as art, music, or physical education. 

Students typically change classrooms several times a day to attend lessons in different subjects. As a result, middle school teachers see several different classes of students throughout the day. However, in some middle schools, teachers teach all the subjects for one class of students the entire day. In either type of school, teachers use time during the day when they do not have classes to plan lessons, grade assignments, or meet with other teachers and staff.

Some middle school teachers work in teams that teach the same group of students. These teachers meet to discuss students’ progress and to plan future lessons.

In some schools, teachers of English as a second language (ESL) or English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) work exclusively with students who are learning the English language. These students are often referred to as English language learners (ELLs). ESL and ESOL teachers work with students individually or in groups to help them improve their English language skills and to help the students with assignments for their other classes.

Middle school teachers may also work with special education teachers to adapt lessons taught in traditional classes to meet the needs of students with learning disabilities and emotional or behavioral disorders. In some cases, middle school teachers may co-teach lessons with special education teachers.

Some teachers maintain websites to communicate with parents about students’ assignments, upcoming events, and grades. For their students, teachers may create websites or discussion boards to present information or to expand a lesson taught in class.

Some middle school teachers coach sports teams and advise student clubs and groups, whose practices and meetings frequently take place before or after school.

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How To Become A Middle School Art Teacher

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

Education

All states require public middle school teachers to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Many states require middle school teachers to major in a content area, such as math or science. Other states require middle school teachers to major in elementary education. Middle school teachers typically enroll in their college’s teacher preparation program and take classes in education and child psychology in addition to the classes required by their major.

Teacher education programs teach prospective middle school teachers how to present information to students and how to work with students of varying abilities and backgrounds. Programs typically include fieldwork such as student teaching. For information about teacher preparation programs in your state, visit Teach.org.

Some states require middle school teachers to earn a master’s degree after receiving their teaching certification.

Teachers in private schools do not need to meet state requirements. However, private schools typically seek middle school teachers who have a bachelor’s degree and a major in elementary education or a content area.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require teachers in public schools to be licensed or certified. Those who teach in private schools are not usually required to be licensed. Most states require teachers to pass a background check.

Certification of middle school teachers varies considerably from state to state. In some states, they are certified to teach elementary school grades, which are typically first through sixth grades or first through eighth grades. In other states, they are certified to teach middle school grades, which include sixth through eighth grades. Other states provide middle school teachers with a secondary school or high school certification, which often includes seventh through twelfth grades.

Requirements for certification also vary by state. In addition to earning a bachelor’s degree, they are also required to complete a teacher preparation program and supervised experience in teaching, which is typically gained through student teaching. Some states require a minimum grade point average. States typically require candidates to pass a general teaching certification test, as well as a test that demonstrates their knowledge of the subject they will teach. For information on certification requirements in your state, visit Teach.org.

Teachers are often required to complete annual professional development classes to keep their license. Some states require teachers to complete a master’s degree after receiving their certification.

All states offer an alternative route to certification for people who already have a bachelor’s degree but lack the education courses required for certification. Some alternative certification programs allow candidates to begin teaching immediately under the supervision of an experienced teacher. These programs cover teaching methods and child development. After they complete the program, candidates are awarded full certification. Other programs require students to take classes in education before they can teach. Students may be awarded a master’s degree after completing either of these programs.

Training

In order to receive certification, teachers need to perform fieldwork, commonly referred to as student teaching. During student teaching, they work with a mentor teacher and get experience teaching students in a classroom setting. The amount of time required varies by state.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Teachers must collaborate with other teachers and special education teachers. In addition, they need to discuss students’ needs with parents and administrators.

Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. Middle school teachers must be patient when students struggle with material.

Physical stamina. Working with middle school aged students can be tiring. Teachers need to be able to physically, mentally, and emotionally keep up with the students.

Resourcefulness. Middle school teachers need to be able to explain difficult concepts in terms that students can understand. In addition, they need to be able to get students engaged in learning and adapt lessons to each student’s needs.

Advancement

Experienced teachers can advance to serve as mentors to newer teachers or to become lead teachers. In these positions, they help less experienced teachers to improve their teaching skills.

With additional education or certification, teachers may become school counselors, school librarians, or instructional coordinators. Some become assistant principals or principals, both of which generally require additional education in education administration or leadership. For more information, see the profiles on school and career counselors, librarians, instructional coordinators, and elementary, middle, and high school principals.

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Average Length of Employment
Art Teacher 3.4 years
Junior Teacher 3.0 years
6th Grade Teacher 2.7 years
8th Grade Teacher 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Middle School Art Teacher
Teacher 15.4%
Tutor 3.9%
Internship 3.1%
Instructor 2.1%
Top Careers After Middle School Art Teacher
Teacher 15.0%
Art Teacher 10.5%
Tutor 3.2%
Instructor 3.0%
Internship 2.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$51,000
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$36,000
Min 10%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Rochambeau
Highest Paying City
Teaneck, NJ
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.3 years
How much does a Middle School Art Teacher make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Middle School Art Teacher in the United States is $51,226 per year or $25 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $36,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $71,000.

Real Middle School Art Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Middle School Language Arts Teacher Board of Education of St. Mary's County Lexington Park, MD Jul 23, 2015 $77,386
Middle School Language Arts Teacher South Orange & Maplewood Public School District South Orange Village, NJ Oct 03, 2011 $66,078
Middle School Art Teacher The Nueva School Hillsborough, CA Sep 18, 2011 $62,610 -
$104,350
Middle School (7TH To 8TH) Language Arts Teacher Mountainair Public Schools Mountainair, NM Sep 30, 2016 $52,024
Middle School Language Arts Teacher South Orange Maplewood School District South Orange Village, NJ Jun 18, 2008 $51,173
Middle School Language Arts Teacher Roosevelt School District #66 Phoenix, AZ May 20, 2016 $51,000
Middle School Bilingual (SP.) Language Arts & Soci San Francisco Unified School District San Francisco, CA Aug 12, 2014 $50,150 -
$57,500
Middle School Bilingual (SP.) Language Arts & Soci San Francisco Unified School District San Francisco, CA Aug 12, 2014 $49,500 -
$57,500
Middle School Language Arts Teacher Clarendon County School District One Summerton, SC Aug 15, 2016 $47,733
Middle School Language Arts Teacher Clarendon County School District One Summerton, SC Jul 30, 2016 $47,733
Middle School Specialist Teacher-Arts/Design & Spanish French American International School Portland, OR Sep 14, 2016 $46,060
Middle School Language Arts Teacher Pecos Independent School District Pecos, NM Oct 01, 2009 $45,260
Middle School Language Arts Teacher Florida Charter Foundation, Inc. Pembroke Pines, FL Aug 03, 2013 $44,411
Middle School Teacher Grade Language Arts) Forcey Christian School Silver Spring, MD Oct 10, 2008 $44,400

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Top Skills for A Middle School Art Teacher

  1. Curriculum Development
  2. Language Arts
  3. Classroom Management
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  • Served on various school committees that focused on curriculum development, textbook review, and anti-bullying efforts.
  • Planed, developed, prepared, and implemented an effective, collaborative, technology and student based language arts differentiated curriculum.
  • Attended a variety of professional development workshops centered on learning goals, classroom management, student motivation and engaging learning activities.
  • Combined discipline plan with effective measures and various lesson plans to increase concentration, participation, and progress student accountability.
  • Implemented student-centered learning curriculum to enhance and promote higher achievement in student learning.

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Top 10 Best States for Middle School Art Teachers

  1. Connecticut
  2. Massachusetts
  3. California
  4. Alaska
  5. Oregon
  6. Michigan
  7. New York
  8. Rhode Island
  9. New Jersey
  10. Illinois
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Middle School Art Teacher Demographics

Gender

Female

65.6%

Male

21.8%

Unknown

12.6%
Ethnicity

White

64.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Black or African American

12.5%

Asian

5.5%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.7%

French

7.7%

Arabic

7.7%

Swedish

3.8%

Chinese

3.8%

Greek

3.8%

Tagalog

3.8%

Mandarin

3.8%

Urdu

3.8%

Italian

3.8%
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Middle School Art Teacher Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.0%

Grand Canyon University

7.8%

Northern Arizona University

7.0%

Walden University

7.0%

University of South Florida

6.1%

East Carolina University

5.2%

National University

4.3%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.3%

Texas Tech University

4.3%

Concordia University (Oregon)

4.3%

Boston University

4.3%

Rhode Island College

4.3%

University of Northern Colorado

3.5%

University of North Texas

3.5%

Chicago State University

3.5%

Georgia State University

3.5%

William Paterson University of New Jersey

3.5%

Nova Southeastern University

3.5%

University of Florida

3.5%

San Jose State University

3.5%
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Majors

Elementary Education

17.3%

Education

15.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

12.8%

Educational Leadership

8.4%

Fine Arts

7.7%

English

7.6%

Curriculum And Instruction

5.1%

Secondary Education And Teaching

3.9%

Graphic Design

2.8%

Special Education

2.3%

School Counseling

2.1%

Business

2.1%

Writing

2.0%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

Visual And Performing Arts

1.6%

History

1.6%

Psychology

1.3%

Political Science

1.3%

Communication

1.2%

Educational Technology

1.2%
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Degrees

Masters

45.1%

Bachelors

32.1%

Other

11.9%

Certificate

6.0%

Doctorate

3.0%

Associate

1.2%

License

0.5%

Diploma

0.3%
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