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Working As A Middle School Science 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 Science 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 Science 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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Middle School Science Teacher Career Paths

Middle School Science Teacher
Math Teacher Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Math Teacher Adjunct Professor Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Math Teacher Coach Lead Teacher
Lead Pre-K Teacher
5 Yearsyrs
Instructor Lead Teacher Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Team Leader Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Adjunct Professor Assistant Principal
School Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Biology Teacher Science Teacher Adjunct Instructor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Biology Teacher Science Teacher Lead Teacher
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
Biology Teacher Science Teacher Education Consultant
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Middle School Math Teacher Principal
High School Principal
9 Yearsyrs
Middle School Math Teacher Principal President
Athletic Director
5 Yearsyrs
Coach Administrator Assistant Principal
Middle School Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Coach Adjunct Instructor Associate Dean
Academic Dean
10 Yearsyrs
Middle School Math Teacher Principal Elementary School Principal
Curriculum Director
8 Yearsyrs
Science Instructor Adjunct Instructor Department Chairperson
Vice Principal
8 Yearsyrs
Science Instructor Mathematics Instructor Education Consultant
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
Science Instructor Education Consultant Student Dean
High School Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Vice President Planning Committee Member
Professional Development Director
6 Yearsyrs
Facilitator Faculty Department Chairperson
Academic Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Certified Teacher 4.9 years
Math Teacher 4.2 years
Science Teacher 4.1 years
Top Careers Before Middle School Science Teacher
Teacher 15.2%
Tutor 4.4%
Internship 3.8%
Volunteer 3.0%
Instructor 2.3%
Top Careers After Middle School Science Teacher
Teacher 15.7%
Instructor 3.3%
Educator 3.3%
Tutor 2.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$51,000
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$40,000
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%
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Median 50%
$66,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Middle School Science Teacher make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Middle School Science Teacher in the United States is $51,696 per year or $25 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $40,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $66,000.

Real Middle School Science Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Middle School Science Teacher Consolidated School District of New Britain New Britain, CT Jan 14, 2015 $97,291
Middle School Science Teacher The British International School of New York, Riverview Campus Ltd. New York, NY Sep 09, 2015 $83,500
Middle School Science Teacher NUR Islamic School of Louisville Louisville, KY Sep 14, 2016 $83,480
Middle School Science Teacher Calumet Public School District 132 Calumet Park, IL Jul 13, 2015 $77,120
Middle School Science Teacher Jefferson County Public Schools Louisville, KY Jun 30, 2015 $68,189
Middle School Science Teacher Jefferson County Public Schools Louisville, KY Jun 30, 2015 $68,119
Middle School Science Teacher Jumoke Academy, Inc. Hartford, CT Nov 14, 2015 $64,500
Middle School Science Teacher Dallas Independent School District Dallas, TX Oct 06, 2016 $64,040
Middle School Science Teacher Dallas Independent School District Dallas, TX May 19, 2015 $64,040
Middle School Science Teacher Dallas Independent School District Dallas, TX Jan 09, 2016 $64,035
Middle School Science Teacher Dallas Independent School District Dallas, TX Aug 31, 2016 $64,035
Middle and Upper School Science Teacher The Shipley School Bryn Mawr, PA Sep 16, 2015 $62,500
Middle School Science Teacher Ben Porat Yosef Inc. Paramus, NJ Jan 09, 2016 $55,279
Middle School Science Teacher Richland School District One Columbia, SC May 20, 2016 $54,962
Middle School Science Teacher Unique Services Associates, Inc. Varnville, SC Jan 10, 2016 $53,000
Middle School Science Teacher Calcasieu Parish School Board Iowa, LA Jul 13, 2015 $52,661
Middle School Science Teacher Pioneer Charter School of Science Everett, MA Sep 15, 2016 $52,175
Middle School Science Teacher Pioneer Charter School of Science Everett, MA Nov 09, 2016 $51,790
Middle School Science Teacher Dallas Independent School District Dallas, TX Jun 09, 2015 $50,325
Middle School Science Teacher Dallas Independent School District Dallas, TX Feb 23, 2015 $46,002
Middle School Science Teacher Dallas Independent School District Dallas, TX Apr 27, 2015 $46,002
Middle School Science Teacher Dallas Independent School District Dallas, TX Jul 23, 2015 $46,002
Middle School Science Teacher Dallas Independent School District Dallas, TX Jul 01, 2015 $46,002
Middle School Science Teacher Roosevelt School District #66 Phoenix, AZ Jul 25, 2016 $46,000
Elementary/Middle School Science Teacher Pinnacle Education Services Oakton, VA Nov 02, 2016 $45,851

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Top Skills for A Middle School Science Teacher

  1. Classroom Management
  2. Science Curriculum
  3. Lesson Plans
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  • Utilized new routines and classroom management strategies to foster academic growth and personal responsibility within a classroom of diverse learning styles.
  • Formulated elementary science curriculum where none had existed * Oversaw economical purchase of science education equipment and texts
  • Created individualized lesson plans and accommodations adapted to specific student needs in compliance with state and national standards.
  • Facilitated student learning and encouraged students to take responsibility for their own learning.
  • Assist in providing a school-wide mathematics curriculum infrastructure and support to impact and improve student achievement.

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Top 10 Best States for Middle School Science Teachers

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

Gender

Female

59.4%

Male

29.3%

Unknown

11.3%
Ethnicity

White

64.1%

Black or African American

12.5%

Hispanic or Latino

12.5%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.6%

French

7.0%

Chinese

4.2%

Mandarin

4.2%

Arabic

4.2%

Hindi

2.8%

Swahili

1.4%

German

1.4%

Urdu

1.4%

Turkish

1.4%

Braille

1.4%

Cantonese

1.4%

Hmong

1.4%

Carrier

1.4%

Slovak

1.4%

Polish

1.4%

Gujarati

1.4%

Italian

1.4%
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Middle School Science Teacher Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.1%

Walden University

9.3%

Nova Southeastern University

6.2%

Liberty University

6.2%

University of South Florida

5.8%

Grand Canyon University

5.8%

Eastern Michigan University

4.9%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

4.9%

National Louis University

4.9%

Michigan State University

4.4%

Old Dominion University

4.4%

Florida State University

4.4%

North Carolina State University

4.0%

Wayne State University

3.5%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

Capella University

3.5%

Northeastern Illinois University

3.5%

Florida Atlantic University

3.5%

New York University

3.1%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.1%
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Majors

Elementary Education

19.6%

Education

18.3%

Biology

11.9%

Educational Leadership

9.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

7.1%

Curriculum And Instruction

5.0%

Secondary Education And Teaching

4.6%

Business

2.7%

Chemistry

2.7%

Psychology

2.4%

Educational Technology

2.3%

Geology

2.1%

Special Education

2.0%

School Counseling

1.9%

Environmental Science

1.8%

Nursing

1.7%

Middle School Education

1.2%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

1.2%

Kinesiology

1.1%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

1.0%
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Degrees

Masters

45.0%

Bachelors

31.7%

Other

11.8%

Certificate

5.5%

Doctorate

4.2%

Associate

1.0%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.3%
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