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.
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:
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
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 225, 226, 235, 236, 245, or 246)
Limit III. C. 3. Humanities Capstone to HUM 495 Values in Human Thought
II. Additional Liberal Arts Core Requirements for the Major:
A. Choose one (1) Fine Arts Course:
Introduction to Photography
Introduction to Creativity (W)
The Development of American Music
Introduction to Theatre
New York Theatre Survey
B. Choose one (1) of the following options:
(must include related lab)
Physical Science I
Physical Science II
General Chemistry I WITH
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.)
ENG: 101, 102, 225, 235, and 305
BIO 111, BIO 112, PHS 111, PHS 112, and six (6) hours of upper-division BIO or PHS
HIS: 111, 112, 221, 222, 424, and POL 231
MAT: 100, 101, 206, 306, and 235
IV. Major Professional Core for Middle School (6-8):
Introduction to Education (W)
Professional Reflective Seminar I
Special Education Foundations (W)
Must be admitted to Teacher Education to take the following:
Technology in the Classroom
Tests & Measurement
Teaching Mathematics: Methods, Strategies, and Techniques (OR)
Professional Reflective Seminar II
EDU 431 A,B,C,D*
Educational Methods, Strategies, and Techniques: Secondary
Literacy III: Teaching Literacy
Must be admitted to Student Teaching to take the following:
Student Teaching, Middle Grades
Professional Reflective Seminar III
V. Additional Required Courses:
First Aid and CPR OR
First Aid/Red Cross Certification
*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.
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