Careers & Opportunities


The Middle Grades Education degree is a highly focused course of study aimed at placing students in a classroom for grades 4 through 8 or other educational environments.  


All College of Education majors must complete field experiences to practice working with children, adolescents or adults in classrooms, training centers or community organizations.

Education majors will observe a professional teacher’s instructional and classroom management methods. Review the Teacher Education Field Handbook for an overview. The Office of Field Placement helps students find appropriate classroom assignments.

Field Experience & Student Teaching 

As part of your academic program, you will gain firsthand knowledge in classrooms through immersive field placements and student teaching experiences.

Voluntary Internships

Internships give you opportunities to get hands-on experience, refine your understanding of your coursework and make professional contacts who can assist your future career development. Internships are voluntary experiences that take place outside of the program curriculum: students do not receive credit for internships. 

    Learn more about internship and community engagement opportunities for education majors.

    School Partnerships & Associations

    As part of its mission to give back to the surrounding community and provide substantive fieldwork experiences for its students, the College of Education has formed partnerships with more than 25 institutions and organizations, such as

    Career Services

    The College of Education offers a range of career development services to its students. You can also visit the university Career Center for support during your job or internship search. Drop in for a short visit or schedule a 30-minute coaching session to discuss components of your professional profile, including your résumé and LinkedIn presence.

    You’ll also have access to


    Career opportunities and mid-career salaries for the Middle Grades Education Major may include the following examples.


    Median Salary*

    Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School


    Educational, Guidance, School, & Vocational Counselors


    Middle School Teachers


    Special Education Teachers, Middle School


    * Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).