Middle Grades 6-9

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Middle Grades Education is designed to prepare facilitators of learning to work with students in grades 6-9.

Why Choose to teach Middle Grades?

In order to accomplish the objectives of this degree program, the curricular offerings includes the following: 39-40 hours of the University College Core Curriculum, and 89 hours of academic program requirements are needed to complete the degree.

Students should see the Chairperson of the Department of Middle Grades, Secondary and Specialized Subjects for further information regarding specific coursework requirements and to create a plan of study.

A member of the NCATE accredited College of Education; the Middle Grades Education Program is approved by the NC State Department of Public Instruction to offer a license in middle grades education and approved by the UNC Board of Governors to offer the BS degree.

What Will You Learn?

Professional Courses

  • EDUC 210 Technology Applications for Teachers
  • EDUC 310 Foundations of Education
  • EDUC 330 Educational Psychology and Human Development
  • EDUC 331 Instructional Design and Assessment
  • EDUC 450 Classroom Management
  • EDMG 470 Student Teaching in the Middle Grades
  • EDUC 490 Professional Education Seminar

Student may not take course until admitted formally to Teacher Education by Teacher Education Committee.

What Will You Do?

Obtaining a degree within the field of middle grades education most often leads to a career in teaching; however, in addition to teaching, administrative, consulting, research, and varying discipline-specific jobs are also options.The field of education offers vast career choices given diverse subject areas, age groups, and options to teach online, in hospitals, in juvenile correction facilities, in homes for disabled students, or in traditional classrooms.Teachers are needed world-wide, so location is also an advantage because where you teach is typically up to you.


To the Department

Students entering the department must complete a Declaration of Major Form to receive departmental advisement and be assigned an advisor by the department Chair. All Middle Grades majors must choose a concentration (Math, Science, Language Arts, or Social Studies) and a second academic concentration from the following: Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, Special Education, or Reading.

Teacher Education

Applicants must meet the following in order to be admitted to Teacher Education:

  • Complete all courses in the University College Core Curriculum;
  • Complete EDUC 211 with a grade of C or higher;
  • Pass Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) tests;
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or 3.0 preferred;
  • Earn a grade of C or higher in all professional, major core, and 1st and 2nd concentration courses;
  • Complete Admission to Teacher Education Application Form;
  • Complete a Security Background Check;
  • Complete the Clearance Form (Health and Deportment Status); and
  • Complete and successful pass Department Interview.

Note - Student must be admitted to teacher education one full semester prior to Clinical Experience (Student Teaching)

Clinical Experience (Student Teaching)

Students must meet the following to be admitted to Clinical Experience (Student Teaching):

  • Have an official degree evaluation after 90 hours;
  • Must have been admitted to Teacher Education;
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or 3.0 preferred;
  • Earn a grade of C or higher in all professional, major core, and concentration courses;
  • Complete Admission To Clinical Experience (Student Teaching) Application Form;
  • Educator Employment Liability Coverage
  • Complete a Security Background;
  • Check and complete the Clearance Form; and
  • Apply for graduation after 90 hours of course work in major and complete and successful pass the Clinical Experience (Student Teaching) Interview and writing sample.

Note - Student must be admitted to Clinical Experience (Student Teaching) a semester prior to the actual experience