Middle Grades Education, B.S.
The mission of the Middle Grades Education program is the preparation of highly qualified grades 6-9 classroom teachers who demonstrate leadership, know their content/subject areas, facilitate learning for all students, reflect on their practice, establish a respectful environment for a diverse population of students, promote equity among all learners, and address challenges of 21st century teaching and learning with creativity and respect for human differences.
The Middle Grades Education program offers the following specialty areas to prepare candidates for teaching: Mathematics, English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. The degree program requires a minimum of 120 and a maximum of 128 credit hours of course work and field/clinical experiences. Beyond general education, candidates in this program are required to meet specific program benchmarks, which include completion of general education courses, formal admission into teacher education, a minimum semester and cumulative grade point average, early field experiences in schools or other approved settings, clinical practice, and other requirements for the content/specialty area. Upon successful program completion, candidates become eligible to apply for a North Carolina teaching license in the selected academic area.