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Middle Grades Education (6-9) General Requirements

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.

Visit the College of Education's Advising Center to find the Middle Grades Education Suggested Course Schedule.

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 elementary 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 elementary 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.

For more information, contact:

College of Education Academic Success Center

Email the COE Advising Center

Ms. Delaney Swift
Administrative Support Associate


“Most Likely to Succeed” film screening inspires students and faculty

On: 06 Oct 2016 16:00
On Sept. 27th, the College of Education held a film screening of Most Likely to Succeed. The 82 people in the audience were a mixture of faculty and students.  Most Likely to Succeed aims to help all schools re-imagine their purpose and create learning experiences that prepare kids for life in the 21st Century. The film has been shown at multiple film festivals including Sundance and Tribeca Film Festival. These screenings create a space for meaningful and necessary discussion between educators, administrators, parents, and students about how steps Continue reading →

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Amanda Blakely named first North Carolina Student Teacher of the Year

On: 06 Oct 2016 12:46
Amanda Blakely, 2016 ECU Graduate in Birth-Kindergarten, was named the first North Carolina Student Teacher of the Year by North Carolina Association for Colleges and Teacher Educators (NC-ACTE) at their Fall forum on September 21 in Raleigh, NC. The NC-ACTE is the organization that unites teacher educators in both public and private colleges and universities, staff and faculty in state created initiatives and consortia, and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, according to their website. Each member institution in good standing may nominate one candidate for Continue reading →

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ECU College of Education honors scholarship recipients and donors

On: 19 Sep 2016 17:23
More than 100 students in East Carolina University’s College of Education have received a record amount of scholarship support for the upcoming academic year. This year, more than $550,000 in merit and need-based scholarships was distributed to 106 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral education students. The awards range from $250 to $20,000 with some open to all education students while others are earmarked for specific education majors or programs. “Attracting the best students and ensuring access to an East Carolina University education rank among our highest Continue reading →

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Co-Planning and Co-Teaching: Coast to coast

On: 15 Sep 2016 13:24
Dr. Charity Cayton and Dr. Maureen Grady spent much of their summer co-planning and co-teaching from the East Coast to the West Coast. They began in Atlanta, GA in June, where they presented six co-planning strategies at the Annual Conference for the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership ( These strategies were developed at East Carolina University in conjunction with two other Mathematics Education colleagues, Dr. Ron Preston and Dr. Rose Sinicrope. In July, their travels then took them to the University of South Florida in Tampa Continue reading →

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2016 Degree Ranking –

ECU education degree programs ranked in top 20

On: 01 Sep 2016 15:14
East Carolina University did extremely well in’s ranking of education degree programs, and have achieved top 20 status twice: 15th best Educational Leadership degree program in the U.S. of over 560 qualifying colleges. The Top 20 can be viewed here – 10th best Elementary Education degree program in the U.S. of over 780 colleges. Here are the Top 20 –’s mission is to inform, empower, and encourage aspiring, new, and veteran teachers.

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