Middle School Teacher  What They Do

Just the Facts


Teaches students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Teaching/Training pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Prepares students for later grades by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
  • Adapts teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Establishes clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate these objectives to students.
  • Establishes and enforces rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among students.
  • Prepares objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.
  • Prepares, administers, and grades tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress.
  • Prepares materials and classrooms for class activities.
  • Confers with parents or guardians, other teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems.
  • Maintains accurate, complete, and correct student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
  • Instructs through lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • English Teacher --
  • Language Arts Teacher --
  • Math Teacher (Mathematics Teacher) --
  • Music Teacher --
  • Physical Education Teacher (PE Teacher) --
  • Reading Teacher --
  • Science Teacher --
  • Social Studies Teacher --
  • Teacher -- Plans, organizes and implements an appropriate instructional program in a learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential.