Most middle school teachers hold a Single Subject Teaching credential. The single subject credential authorizes the individual to teach in the subject identified on the credential in grades K-12. So while most single subject credential holders teach at the middle school or high school levels, some teach in the lower grades. For example, many music teachers who teach at elementary schools hold single subject credentials.
You can become an Middle School teacher through multiple pathways. While certain majors might be recommended, for example, it is recommended that you major in Math if you want to teach Math. However, depending on your educational goals, any major can be combined with the requirements for the appropriate credential. In addition, credential program requirements change often. So, the best advice for a future middle school teacher is to meet with an advisor often. The advisors in the Center for Careers in Teaching will help you design a study plan that combines your major, general education, elective courses (if needed), subject matter competency and credential pre-requisites into one plan.
For the Single Subject Credential you will need to prove subject matter competency for the subject in which you plan to focus. Subject matter competency for the Single Subject credential program is determined by passing the CSET or completing a state-approved subject matter preparation program.
The Center for Careers in Teaching is not your only advising resource. We also recommend that you meet with your major advisor on a regular basis. If you are undeclared, meeting with the advisors in the Center for Careers in Teaching will suffice until you declare a major. They can also help you select a major that fits your educational and career goals.
GE Recommendations for future middle school teachers.