When we think about teachers, we seem to think either of the professors who teach college students or the ones stood at the front of a classroom full of kindergarten or elementary pupils. Middle school seems to get forgotten; it’s the bit in the middle that we can’t quite remember on the way to junior high.
It is not the same if you happen to be a middle school teacher. Working with children from the ages of eight to twelve (or even to older, highschool-level students) can be challenging. It can also be draining, frustrating, and very exhausting. However, it can also be very rewarding. In reality, because it can be so tough to work in, these can be the most rewarding ages to teach.
Middle school education degree
Completing a middle school education degree, especially at the master’s level, can do much to advance your teaching career. Completing the program online will also allow you to do it without taking you out of the classroom (more on that in a minute).
Another bonus of an online course is that you can complete it in your own time. Even with a part-time course at a campus, you would be tied into their schedule and not your own. Being a teacher means having to be flexible with parent meetings and school clubs to run, so you will ideally need a course that is as flexible as you are.
Online course flexibility
An online course has the benefit that it is something you can dip in and out of as you need to, for as long as you want. So, on days when you can spend a whole evening focussing on your course, you are able to, and on days when you need a break or have another priority, you can put it to one side.
Even with that level of flexibility, finding time can be difficult, but with an online course you can dip in and out of, you can work in small chunks, for instance, when you are on your daily commute. This way, you can make the most of your time, something every teacher will appreciate.
Most importantly, this can help with your career progression. While it is correct that there is currently a massive need for middle school teachers, the most sought-after roles will still go to the most qualified candidates. So, in practical terms, this means you would expect any leadership roles to predominantly be offered to those with a master’s degree before they were offered to a candidate with a bachelor’s degree.
In summary, then, a master’s in middle school education has many benefits both for your current role and any subsequent career progression. However, with the workload already placed on teachers, completing such a course in the traditional way would be problematic.
By opting for an online solution, you can complete the course around your current commitments and make the most of the flexibility offered to benefit from an advanced certification that may not have otherwise been possible.