For middle schools to fully achieve their goals, it is important for them to be staffed with teachers who understand the unique developmental needs of young adolescents and are specifically prepared to meet those needs. Middle school leaders have long been advocates of specialized teacher preparation and licensure; however, the current terrain of middle level teacher preparation and licensure is inconsistent and somewhat difficult to navigate. This manuscript provides a snapshot of the historical context and current status of middle level teacher preparation and licensure in the United States and calls for renewed efforts to ensure specialized preparation and licensure for all middle level teachers.
- middle level
- teacher certification
- teacher preparation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology