There are multiple options to become a middle school teacher:
Single Subject Teaching Credential:
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
To view a sample academic plan to teach middle school math or science (Foundational Level Math-FLM and Foundational Level General Science-FLGS) , please select an option below:
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential:
An individual who holds a Multiple Subject Teaching credential may
also teach through 9th grade level by obtaining an Introductory
Subject Matter Authorization. An Introductory Subject Matter Authorization
(ISMA) may be issued to holders of Multiple Subject or Single Subject
Teaching Credentials. ISMA requires an individual to complete 32
semester units of non-remedial course work or a collegiate major
in the subject. The introductory subjects authorize the holder to
teach the subject matter content typically included in curriculum
guidelines and textbooks approved for study in grades 9 and below.
Courses for an Introductory Subject Matter Authorization may be taken at CSUF. However, final review and approval of these courses will be conducted by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing:
The professional teacher must possess expertise in two broad categories of knowledge:
Subject Matter: The teacher must be competent and knowledgeable in the subject(s) he/she teaches. The high school or middle school English teacher must be knowledgeable about composition, oral communication, literature, and grammar. The high school or middle school mathematics teacher must have a solid knowledge base in the various areas in math such as number theory, algebra, geometry, statistics, measurement, and calculus.
Pedagogy: The teacher must be competent and skilled in the professional methods of teaching. The teacher must understand how to teach students with diverse abilities, learning styles and backgrounds. The professional understands and uses appropriate strategies for managing classroom behavior.
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requires that teachers teach in Title 1 schools after July 1, 2002 and all teachers by July 1, 2006 be "highly qualified" or NCLB compliant in NCLB core academic subject areas (English, Reading/Language Arts, Math, Science, Foreign Language, Civics/Government, Economics, Arts, History and Geography). NCLB compliance requires that teachers hold a bachelor's degree, state certification and achieve subject matter competence in the subject area(s) being taught.