Middle school teachers are employed by private and public schools to educate sixth to eighth-grade students. They focus on helping students build on the fundamentals they learned in elementary school while also preparing them for a more challenging curriculum of high school. As part of their responsibility, middle school teachers create and implement classroom lesson plans, assign and correct homework, set and evaluate tests and monitor their students'
progress. They also liaise between the school and middle-school students' parents.
A bachelor's degree is the minimum educational qualification required for anyone wishing to pursue a career as a middle school teacher. Middle school teachers must major in the subject they will be teaching. In addition, many schools also require all applicants to be licensed after completing a teacher's preparation program. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are crucial attributes for this role. Middle school teachers must also be patient, resourceful and non-biased.
Expect to go through a rigorous interview. Schools are very particular about who they select to teach their students. They will want to know why you chose to be a teacher and why middle-school in particular. They will also ask if you have any work experience and if that experience helped you understand your strengths and weaknesses and if you have done anything to overcome those weak areas so you can become a better teacher to middle school students. Going to the interview well prepared will help you answer more confidently and get the job. Got to Mock Questions to see questions that interviewers typically ask when interviewing applicants for a middle school teacher position.