Middle Level Education Major

  • The Middle Level Education program prepares prospective teachers of 10- to 14- year-old students, grades four through eight, in the content areas of English/language arts, social studies, science, and math. They will become experts in the development of young adolescents and apply this knowledge in numerous field experiences beginning with observation and progressing to planning and teaching small groups and whole classes. Teacher candidates will have a thorough knowledge of their chosen subject area, pedagogy, and the interrelationships among the subject disciplines. As they learn to become life-long learners, they learn to inspire life-long learning in students. They will learn to plan, teach, and assess student work using a variety of strategies. Teacher candidates will learn to use technology for planning, instruction, and assessment. The field experiences will provide prospective middle level teachers opportunities with diverse learners. These experiences will enrich their developmental knowledge and understanding of the purpose and organization of middle schools.

    Middle level teaching candidates will:

    • Apply her/his understanding of major concepts and theories and research on young adolescent development, motivation and learning styles as s/he develops and implements learning experiences using evidenced-based methodology of the content areas of English,math, science, and social studies.

    • Establish an environment that is purposeful and equitable with high expectations of students both in work and conduct by maintaining a supportive relationship with all students.

    • Utilize knowledge of content and pedagogical theory to engage young adolescents in learning content including metacognitive reflection.

    • Use multiple assessments, e.g. authentic, screening, diagnostic, formative, benchmark and summative assessments for instructional and intervention purposes for young adolescents.

    • Demonstrate qualities of a scholar-practitioner within and beyond the classroom, with students and colleagues as well as members of the community.

    • Design and create learning experiences that promote high performance learning for diverse young adolescent learners.

    Major Content Concentrations

    (Choose a category: one or two content areas)

    If you choose one content area, you will take 30 credits in that content and 12 credits in the other content areas. Example: English/language arts—30 credits; science—12 credits, social studies—12 credits, science—12 credits, and math—12 credits.

    If you choose two content areas, you will take 21 credits in each of those contents and 12 credits in the other content areas. Example: English/language arts and science—21 credits in each, and social studies—12 credits, and math—12 credits.