Middle Grades Education

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Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education

The BS in Middle Grades Education prepares and develops individuals  who are committed to working with adolescents in a middle school setting.

Graduates are licensed to teach in grades 6-9 with two academic concentrations. If you are interested in touching the future and inspiring young adolescents, consider a major in middle grades education.

The degree allows a candidate to be certified in two of the following areas: English, mathematics, social studies, and/or general science.

Program Details

Students must pass the PRAXIS I (reading-C-PPST 176; writing - C-PPST 173; C-PPST 173 or have a combined composite score of 522 on all three tests) in order to be admitted to upper division in middle grades education. ETS schedules the paper PPST several times during the year. It usually takes 6-8 weeks after the test is taken for scores to be received. The registration booklets are available from the Testing Center, Brewster D-f102. The PRAXIS may also be taken on computer throughout the year. Appointments must be made through the Prometric Testing Center. Students taking the computer-based test version of the PRAXIS know whether they have passed the reading and math portions on the day of the test; however, the official score will be received when the results of the writing test are received. The writing results are received about three weeks after the test date. Passing scores are listed in the Apple Book. Study guides can be purchased at local book stores and description information can be found

It is very important not to postpone taking the Praxis. If for any reason you would need to retake one or more parts of the test, you must allow enough time to attain passing scores prior to the time the student is ready to interview for upper division. Students can take C-PPST only once per calendar month.

Students can be exempt from taking the PRAXIS I or taking parts of the PRAXIS I in the following situations:

Alternate Test Name PRAXIS I Test Name Minimum Score
SAT Composite To be exempt from all three tests. 1100
SAT Verbal To be exempt from PPST - Reading and Writing 550
SAT Math To be exempt from PPST - Math 550
The Writing section of the SAT does not count in any way.

Alternate Test Name PRAXIS I Test Name Minimum Score
ACT Composite To be exempt from all three tests. 24
ACT English To be exempt from PPST - Reading and Writing 24
ACT Math To be exempt from PPST - Math 24

Upper division courses in your program are designated on the program sequence sheets. You must be admitted to upper division in order to enroll in these classes. Requirements for admittance include:

  • a 2.5 GPA
  • successful completion of ELEM 2123
  • adequate individual scores or the composite total score on the PRAXIS I: Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST) or Computerized PPST (C-PPST) in reading, writing, and math; or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Testing Program (ACT)
  • demonstrated computer competency
  • an approved upper division essay
  • a formal interview

General upper division policies are identified in your catalog and will be further explained in the ELEM 2123 course.

Academic Concentrations

The academic concentration requirement requires each middle grades education student to select an academic concentration identified on the concentration lists. Up to six concentration hours may count for both the concentration and the program checklist. Students should complete concentrations prior to beginning the Senior Year Experience for scheduling reasons.

The Senior Year Experience

During the senior year, students are involved in an intensive public school placement. During Senior I, students spend one day a week with the classroom teacher who will be the internship clinical teacher for Senior II. The Senior I courses on campus will have assignments for the student to carry out while in his or her assigned clinical classroom. During Senior II, the student will complete a semester long internship with that clinical teacher.

The Clinical Schools Network

East Carolina University's teacher education program has established a formal collaboration with various regional public school systems. Representatives (teachers, principals, superintendents) of these school systems are involved in designing and implementing the school-based components of the Senior Year Experience. Clinical teachers who have interns placed in their classrooms have been specially trained as mentors and work closely with the interns' university supervisors.

Course List
1. Foundations curriculum requirements including those listed below - 42 s.h.
(For information about courses that carry foundations curriculum credit see )
    2. Professional studies - 27-28 s.h.
    • EDTC 4001 - Technology in Education
    • EDUC 3200 - Foundations of American Education

    • EDUC 3002 - Introduction to Diversity OR
    • PSYC 2777 - Ethnocultural Psychology OR
    • SOCI 1010 - Race, Gender, Class

    • EDUC 4400 - Foundations of School Learning, Motivation, and Assessment OR
    • PSYC 4305 - Educational Psychology

    • MIDG 2123 - Early Experiences for the Prospective Teacher
    • MIDG 4324 - Internship in the Middle Grades
    • MIDG 4325 - Internship Seminar: Issues in Middle Grades Education

    • READ 3990 - Teaching Reading in the Content Areas in the Secondary School OR
    • READ 5317 - Reading in the Junior and Senior High School

    • SPED 4010 - Effective Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms
    3. Specialty area - 17 s.h.
    • MIDG 3005 - Curriculum I
    • MIDG 3010 - Curriculum II
    • MIDG 3011 - Instruction I
    • MIDG 3022 - Middle Grades Instruction II
    • MIDG 4001 - Organization, Management, and Motivation in the Middle Grades Classroom
    • MIDG 4010 - Instructional Evaluation in Middle Grades
    4. Academic concentration - 48 s.h.
    Middle grades majors are required to complete two academic concentrations appropriate for licensure. A methods course is required for certification in each of the two academic concentrations leading to middle grades licensure. No substitutions for methods classes may be made without special middle grades program approval.
      English (24 s.h.)
      • ENGL 2000 - Interpreting Literature

      • ENGL 2200 - Major American Writers OR
      • ENGL 3020 - History of American Literature to 1900

      • ENGL 3810 - Advanced Composition OR
      • ENED 3815 - Composition Instruction in Grades 9-12

      • ENGL 3950 - Literature for Children OR
      • LIBS 4950 - Literature for Children

      • ENED 4319 - Teaching English and Language Arts in the Middle Grades
      • ENED 4970 - Literature for the Younger Adolescent
      • LING 2710 - English Grammar ENGL OR LING ELECTIVE OVER 2999
      General Science (24 s.h.)
      • BIOL 1050 - General Biology
      • CHEM 1020 - General Descriptive Chemistry
      • GEOL 1500 - Dynamic Earth
      • PHYS 1250 - General Physics
      • SCIE 3602 - Investigations in Physical Science
      • SCIE 3604 - Investigations in Life and Environmental Science
      • SCIE 4319 - Teaching Science in the Middle Grades
      Mathematics (24 s.h.)
      • MATE 1267 - Functional Relationships
      • MATE 2067 - Data and Probability Explorations
      • MATE 3067 - Algebra and Number Foundations
      • MATE 3167 - Geometry and Measurement
      • MATE 3267 - Concepts in Discrete Mathematics
      • MATE 3367 - Mathematical Modeling
      • MATE 4319 - Teaching Mathematics in the Middle Grades
      • MATH 2119 - Elements of Calculus
      Social Studies (24 s.h.)
      • ECON 2113 - Principles of Microeconomics

      • GEOG 2100 - World Geography: Developed Regions OR
      • GEOG 2110 - World Geography: Less Developed Regions

      • HIED 4319 - Teaching Social Studies in the Middle Grades

      • HIST 1030 - World Civilizations to 1500 OR
      • HIST 1031 - World Civilizations Since 1500

      • HIST 1050 - American History to 1877
      • HIST 1051 - American History Since 1877

      • HIST 3100 - North Carolina History OR
      • MIDG 3200 - North Carolina History Standards Curriculum and Planning in the Middle Grades Classroom

      • POLS 1010 - National Government