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Middle School English Language Teacher Career Info

Learn about the education and skills requirements for teaching this middle school subject and find out what type of salary and job outlook to expect. Read on to learn more about entering this challenging profession.

Career Definition for Middle School English Language Teachers

Middle school English language teachers teach English grammar, sentence structure, vocabulary, creative writing, and literature to middle school students; in most locations, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade are considered to be middle school. Common duties of middle school English language teachers include preparing lesson plans, conducting class, creating, giving, and grading exams, working with students one-on-one or in small groups, creating the curriculum and other duties as needed.

Education Bachelor's in education
Job Duties Preparing lesson plans, conducting class, grading exams
Median Salary (2015) $55,860 (all middle school teachers)
Job Growth (2014-2024) 6% (all middle school teachers)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Education Requirements

If you want to become a middle school English language teacher, you'll need at least a bachelor's degree in a field like education. If you plan to work in a public middle school and if private schools in your state require it, you'll also need to meet your state's licensing and certification requirements. Common courses in a 4-year bachelor's degree program that will prepare you for a career in English language teaching include pedagogy, principles of teaching, evaluation and assessment, and instructional technology.

Required Skills

Middle school English language teachers need both academic and managerial skills to succeed; maintaining discipline in the classroom is important to establishing an environment where students can learn. Strong communication and teamwork skills will also help you to be successful as a middle school English language teacher.

Employment and Economic Outlook

The employment outlook for middle school teachers, which included English language teachers, is good; according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in this field was expected to grow by 6% from 2014-2024. Median earnings in 2015 for middle school teachers were $55,860.

Alternate Career Options

Similar career options in this field include:

Career and Technical Education Teacher

These teachers provide instruction to help students enter occupations, such as culinary arts, auto repair, and healthcare. A bachelor's degree is usually required, but some areas of study may require less education with ample work experience. Licensure is typically necessary for teachers in public schools. From 2014-2024, the BLS predicted slower-than-average employment growth of 4% and reported an annual median salary of $52,800 in 2015.

Elementary, Middle, and High School Principal

Usually requiring a master's degree in areas like leadership or education administration in addition to teaching experience and licensure, these principals manage the daily activities of schools, oversee the teachers and other staff, and coordinate the curricula. Average growth of 6% was expected by the BLS in the 2014-2024 decade, and a median wage of $90,410 per year was revealed in 2015.


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