Middle Grades Education
If you are considering a rewarding and challenging occupation in the field of Education, pursuing a teaching certificate in the Middle Grades from Methodist University will provide great flexibility and job marketability over the life of your career. At Methodist, we offer two degree concentrations. Students may also select from among four of the following content areas: mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts. These content areas are combined to allow choices for any combination of two, which allows for a total of 12 unique programs. This design enables students to select content areas of interest and to build upon their given strengths. Students will enter the profession, solid in their content knowledge, in two disciplines, and well prepared as a Facilitative Teacher from Methodist University’s professional education core classes.
Additionally, a certified, highly qualified middle grades teacher (grades 6-9) is a rare and much sought after commodity in school systems throughout the country. As a Middle Grades Education major at Methodist University, you are trained in compliance with state and national standards. Through courses such as Human Growth and Development, Educational Psychology, and Middle School Methods, you learn how preteens and early teens think. You come to understand adolescent students in their emotional, physical, psychosocial and intellectual development, and learn how to teach, respect and motivate them through their most formative years. Through field experiences in local schools, lab work, lectures, participative interaction, case analysis and student teaching, you perfect your own personal style of teaching. You will have an opportunity to learn the latest advances in educational technology in our computer labs, and educational technology classrooms.
For the candidate seeking Middle Grades Education, Methodist University’s Professional Education Faculty offers a combined experience of over 100 years. Students learn in a supportive, caring climate, where students are known by their first names, and given individualized attention. Methodist University’s Education Department will ensure that you are highly qualified and enabled to enter the teaching profession with confidence and the assurance needed to champion a successful and fulfilling career as a Middle Grades Educator.
Requirements for the major in Middle Grades Education
Candidates seeking Middle Grades licensure must choose TWO of the concentrations listed below:
Middle Grades Language Arts Concentration
9 semester hours of 2000 level literature courses; ENG 3220, 3230; plus two of the following: ENG 3420, 3440, 3500, 3710, 3740, 3820, 3920, 4020, 4040, 4140
Middle Grades Mathematics Concentration
MAT 1130, 1140, 2220, 2310, 2320, 2500, 3150; plus one of the following: MAT 3050, 3090, 3120, or 3200
Middle Grades Science Concentration
BIO 1530, 2430 or 2440; CHE 1510; GLY 1600, 2000, and 3000; PHY 1510
Middle Grades Social Studies Concentration
HIS 1030, 1040, 2010, 2020, 3620, 3700; plus one additional HIS at the 3000/4000 level; ECO 2610 or 2620
Professional Licensure Requirements
SPE 2550; EDU 2000, 2400, 2420, 2510, 3300, 3420, 3620, 4070, 4190, 4200, 4210, 4470, and 4500
NC State Board of Education Complaint Process
The North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE) has jurisdiction to investigate allegations of noncompliance regarding specific laws and rules. Complaints may address Educator Preparation Program requirements set forth in Article 15(D) of Chapter 115C. The SBE does not have jurisdiction over complaints related to contractual arrangements with an EPP, commercial issues, obtaining a higher grade or credit for training, or seeking reinstatement to an EPP. All complaints filed with the SBE must be in writing. A person or entity may file a written complaint with SBE by filling out a complaint form and submitting online and/or mailing or faxing a hard copy to the address on the form.