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Middle School Education & Teaching

2,184 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
687 Master's Degrees Annually
#8 in Popularity
$62,030 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Middle School Education & Teaching Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many junior high/intermediate/middle school education and teaching graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 2,184
Master’s Degree 687
Associate’s Degree 344
Graduate Certificate 112
Undergraduate Certificate 2
Doctor’s Degree 1

What Middle School Education & Teaching Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to junior high/intermediate/middle school education and teaching and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in junior high/intermediate/middle school education and teaching should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Majors

A major in junior high/intermediate/middle school education and teaching prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities for Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Majors

As a junior high/intermediate/middle school education and teaching major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

What Can You Do With a Middle School Education & Teaching Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with junior high/intermediate/middle school education and teaching:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 7.5% $58,600
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 7.5% $60,320

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle School Education & Teaching?

2,184 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
76% Percent Women
15% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 76% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of junior high/intermediate/middle school education and teaching majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 28
Black or African American 139
Hispanic or Latino 101
White 1,771
International Students 59
Other Races/Ethnicities 86

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching, too. About 2.7% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Middle School Education & Teaching Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $62,030 to $64,340 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Middle School Education & Teaching Major  ( 62030 to 64340 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Some degrees associated with junior high/intermediate/middle school education and teaching may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for junior high/intermediate/middle school education and teaching careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 0.9%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.9%
Bachelor’s Degree 58.2%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 14.2%
Master’s Degree 18.9%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 3.0%
Doctoral Degree 2.2%

Online Middle School Education & Teaching Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 381 schools offered some type of junior high/intermediate/middle school education and teaching program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 1 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 2 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 32 7
Bachelor’s Degree 27 7
Post-Baccalaureate 1 0
Master’s Degree 112 22
Post-Master’s 14 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 1 1

Is a Degree in Middle School Education & Teaching Worth It?

The median salary for a junior high/intermediate/middle school education and teaching grad is $62,030 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 55% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $442,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to junior high/intermediate/middle school education and teaching.

Major Number of Grads
Elementary Education 39,946
Early Childhood Education 31,056
Secondary Education 9,585
Teacher Education 7,895
Teacher Development & Methodology 5,446
Kindergarten/Preschool Education & Teaching 2,085
Adult & Continuing Education 1,222
Montessori Teacher Education 360

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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