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About the Department

Greeting from the Chair

Dr. Kimberly Smith BurtonOn behalf of the Department of Middle Grades, Secondary and Specialized Subjects, I would like to welcome you to our website.

The Department of Middle Grades, Secondary and Specialized Subjects (MGSSS) faculty provide transformative and meaningful learning experiences for our students so that the art of teaching becomes an objective for ongoing and thoughtful inquiry. The MGSSS Department is further committed to preparing educators who are capable of: responding to the state/public expectations for 21st Century Schools; teaching academic content using the most current technology; developing content subject matter connections with diverse learners within their cultural and global contexts; balancing teaching practices and complex learning/behavioral environments; reflecting/behavior on an ongoing basis; and engaging in professional development activities that enhance teachers as continuous learners.

The principal goal of the Department of Middle Grades, Secondary and Specialized Subjects is to provide quality education for prospective facilitators of learning in middle grades, secondary, and specialized subjects. In keeping with this principal goal, the department offers programs leading to the Bachelors of Science degree in Middle Grades (6-9), post-baccalaureate licensure in Middle Grades (6-9), Secondary (9-12) and Special Education, Master of Education degrees in Middle Grades (6-9), Special Education (K-12) and Secondary Education (9-12) and the Master of Arts in Teaching degress in Middle Grades (6-9), Special Education: General Curriculum, and Secondary Education (9-12).

We invite you to explore our website, if you have any further questions please feel free to contact me at ksmith@uncfsu.edu.

Mission Statement

The Department of Middle Grades, Secondary and Specialized Subjects' mission is consistent with the mission of Fayetteville State University and the School of Education. The MSSS department is committed to providing academic quality in educator preparation and support services leading to candidate degree attainment and skill development in the areas of: (a) teaching academic content using current technology, (b) developing content connections within diverse learning environments, (c) reflecting on teacher beliefs and assumptions, and (d) engaging in continuous professional development. The MSSS department is further committed to strengthening faculty involvement in research, professional development and community engagement to enhance candidate and P-12 student outcomes and teacher quality in response to 21st Century, southeastern region of North Carolina communities and global expectations.

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