Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Middle Grades Education (6-8)

Students planning to seek middle grades (6 - 8) licensure must complete the Professional Core as outlined by the Department of Education, follow the course of study as outlined, and select an optional content focus in English, Science, Social Studies, or Math. The program includes rich, robust practicum experiences integrated in the professional core courses and one full semester of student teaching in public school settings. Students who acquire licensure in the middle grades will be certified to teach specific content areas in sixth through eighth grades.

4 - Year Plans

To make your path to graduation a little easier, a 4-year plan for students planning to pursue a career in education in grades 6-8 has been created:

Degree Requirements

B.S. Major in Interdisciplinary Studies

Concentration: Middle Grades Education (6-8)

Program Coordinator: Mrs. Ashley Estes


For a complete listing of requirements for graduation, see Academics: Degree/Graduation


I. Liberal Arts Core Requirements:

  Listed in the catalog under Academics: Liberal Arts Core

34 hours

  Limit III. A.  Behavioral Sciences to SOC 241 General Sociology

  Limit III. B. BIO:  100, 105, 110, 111, 112, or 211 (must include related lab)

  Limit III. C. 1.  History to HIS 221 American History I OR
                             HIS 222 American History II

  Limit III. C. 2.  Critical and Creative Works to Literature
                             (ENG 215, 225, or 235)

  Limit III. C. 3. Humanities Capstone to HUM 495 Values in Human Thought


II. Additional Liberal Arts Core Requirements for the Major:

6-7 hours

A. Choose one (1) Fine Arts Course:

3 hours

ART 110

Art Appreciation 


ART 201 

Introduction to Photography 


ART 234

Introduction to Creativity (W) 


MUS 110

Music Appreciation 


MUS 214

The Development of American Music 


THE 160 

Introduction to Theatre 


THE 265

Acting I 


THE 299A 

New York Theatre Survey 



B. Choose one (1) of the following options:
(must include related lab)

3-4 hours 

PHS 111

Physical Science I 


PHS 112

Physical Science II 




CHE 121

General Chemistry I   WITH


CHE 121L 

General Chemistry II Lab 



III. Students MUST choose one (1) of the following options:

(Some of the courses listed within each option are already Included in the Liberal Arts Core and/or the Major Requirements listing.)

12-15 hours

Option A:

ENG: 101, 102, 225, 235, 305, and 310 
three (3) upper-division hours in Math or Natural Science Electives 


Option B: 

BIO 111, BIO 112, PHS 111, PHS 112, and six (6) hours of upper-division BIO or PHS


Option C:

HIS: 111, 112, 221, 222, 424, and POL 231
three (3) upper-division hours in Math or Natural Science Electives


Option D:

MAT: 100, 206, 235, 306
two (2) of the following courses:
CIS 171, MAT 120, or MAT 240



IV. Major Professional Core for Middle School (6-8):

40 hours

EDU 130

Introduction to Education (W)


EDU 250

Professional Reflective Seminar I


SPE 240

Special Education Foundations (W)



Must be admitted to Teacher Education to take the following:

EDU 320

Technology in the Classroom


EDU 327

Tests & Measurement


EDU 330** 

Teaching Mathematics: Methods, Strategies, and Techniques (OR) 


EDU 311** 

Literacy II: Literature and Literacy (W) 


EDU 350* 

Professional Reflective Seminar II 


EDU 428*

Classroom Management


EDU 431 A,B,C,D*

Educational Methods, Strategies, and Techniques: Secondary


RDG 312

Literacy III: Teaching Literacy



Must be admitted to Student Teaching to take the following:

EDU 446

Student Teaching, Middle Grades


EDU 450

Professional Reflective Seminar III



V. Additional Required Courses:

30-33 hours

HEA 216

Personal Health


HUM 320

Diversity in America (W)

MAT 206 

Real Number System 

POL 231

American Government 

PSY 201 

Child Development and Lab 

PSY 306 

Educational Psychology (W) 

SPA 131 

Elementary Spanish I 

SPA 132 

Elementary Spanish II 


Humanities Electives (upper-division) 



Plus one (1) of the following:

0-3 hours 

HEA 217

First Aid and CPR  OR
First Aid/Red Cross Certification


VI. Electives (including additional Bible):  4-8 hours 

*These courses must be taken the semester prior to Student Teaching.

**Middle Grades - Math will take EDU330.  All other Middle Grades options will take EDU311 instead of EDU330.