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.
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.