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Middle Level Education Social Studies

The bachelor of science degree in middle level education: social studies prepares professionals who desire to work in the education field with children in grades four through eight.

The middle level teacher preparation program also includes:

  • Organization and philosophy of middle level education
  • Young adolescent development
  • Data assessment and analysis
  • Effective classroom management strategies
  • Education technology skills
  • Successful intervention designs responsive to the needs of individual middle level students
  • Experience with monitoring the results of interventions designed to address the needs of individual middle level students

Classes are small and allow for varied opportunities to work with faculty. The curriculum is organized to foster the development of skilled teachers who can utilize best practices for planning and preparing environments and instruction in middle level grade settings. Graduates will be self-directed individuals who can communicate effectively, make informed decisions, think critically and creatively, and examine ethical issues in order to enhance educational excellence.

Real World Experiences

Classroom experiences give you school-based observation and participation each semester. There’s simply no better preparation for future teachers than real world experience. Observing how students react to different styles of instruction and learning how to adjust in response, will prepare you for a successful career in education.

  • Field experiences begin the first semester
  • Pre-student teaching placements
  • 14 weeks of student teaching last semester

Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Guide for the Middle Level Education: Social Studies B.S. Degree

FIRST SEMESTER

  • Observation/Participation
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Critical and Analytical Reading
  • College Writing I
  • The First-Year Seminar
  • Arts & Humanities Elective: United States History I
  • Quantitative: College Algebra
  • Completed clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse, FBI, and Health requirements)
  • Pre-Service Academic Performance Assess. Prep

SECOND SEMESTER

  • Observation/Participation – Stage 1 Field experience/exploration
  • General Biology I
  • College Writing II
  • Quantitative: College Math
  • Psychology of Adolescence
  • United States History II
  • Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment Completed clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse FBI and Health requirements)

THIRD SEMESTER

  • Observation/Participation – Stage 2 Field experience/exploration
  • Arts & Humanities Elective: American Literature I or II
  • Introduction to Geography
  • Trigonometry
  • American National Government
  • Social & Cultural Elective: Child Development II
  • Characteristics & Needs of Exceptional Learners
  • Completed clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse, FBI, and Health requirements)
  • Application and interview with Education faculty for acceptance into education program after completion of 48 credits, passing PAPA, and 3.0 or higher GPA

FOURTH SEMESTER

  • Observation/Participation – Begin Stage 3 Field Pre-student teaching experience
  • Speech Communication
  • Making of the Modern World
  • Energy & the Environment or Global Change
  • State and Local Government
  • Social & Cultural Elective: Cognition and Learning
  • Completed Clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse, FBI, and Health requirements)
  • Interview and Acceptance into Education Program; required to take 3000- and higher- level classes – Bridge Experience

FIFTH SEMESTER

  • Observation/Participation – Continue Stage 3 Field Pre-student teaching experience
  • Developmental  Assessment I
  • Teaching Reading
  • Social & Cultural Elective: Teaching English Language Learners
  • Technology: Electronic Media for Teachers
  • Classroom Management
  • Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • Completed Clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse, FBI, and Health requirements)

SIXTH SEMESTER

  • Observation/Participation – Continue Stage 3 Field Pre-student teaching experience
  • Developmental Assessment II
  • Teaching Reading in Grades 4-8
  • Civil Rights in America
  • Communications in Mathematics
  • Scientific Literacy Elective
  • Cultural Geography
  • Completed Clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse, FBI, and Health requirements)
  • Praxis II: Grades 4-8, Core Assessment and Concentration Tests Prep

SEVENTH SEMESTER

  • Observation/Participation — Continue Stage 3 Field  Pre-student teaching experience
  • Curriculum & Methods: Math
  • Curriculum & Methods: Cit. & Soc.  St.
  • Curriculum & Methods: Science
  • Instructional Strategies for Content Area Reading
  • Seminar: Contemporary Research, Issues, and Ethics in Education Moral Reasoning
  • Completed clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse FBI and Health requirements)
  • Praxis II: Grades 4-8 Core Assessment and Concentration Tests

EIGHTH SEMESTER

  • Capstone Experience/Real World/Self Directed
  • Student Teaching at the Middle Level (grades 4-6)
  • Student Teaching at the Middle Level (grades 7-8)
  • Each placement is 7 weeks.
  • Grad Audit
  • Completed clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse FBI and Health requirements)

Updated: October 2017

Disclaimer: The courses listed above are a sampling for marketing purposes only. Students should consult the College catalog and their academic advisor for course selection and degree progress. Students will work closely with an academic advisor to select courses and/or academic minors that fit their interests, as well as with the Career Development Center for career goals. While the academic advisor assists the student in planning his/her curriculum, the student is ultimately responsible for meeting the requirements of the curriculum selected.

College Catalog

See the official college catalog for all course descriptions and degree requirements.

Hands on Experience

Study Abroad

You can explore your academic goals in an international setting and global environment. The experience of living in a new country will build your self-confidence, add valuable skills to your tool box, and will alter how you view yourself, the world, and your own country.

Internships and Field Experiences

Not all education happens in the classroom. Internships and other field experiences give students the opportunity to learn through direct hands-on experiences outside of the classroom with a real world experience in the field.

Undergraduate Research

The process of research and discovery while working with a faculty mentor enriches the learning process and creates positive attributes which will last a lifetime. Undergraduate research encompasses both traditional research and creative endeavors.

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