Middle Grades Education B.S.Ed.

Degree Requirements: 135 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

Credit Hours
Area A1 - Communication Skills
Select 6 credit hours from Area A1 of the Core Curriculum6
Area A2 - Quantitative Skills
Select 3 credit hours from Area A2 of the Core Curriculum3
Area B - Global Engagement
Select 4 credit hours from Area B of the Core Curriculum4
Area C - Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics
Select 6 credit hours from Area C of the Core Curriculum6
Area D - Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology
Select 11 credit hours from Area D of the Core Curriculum11
Area E - Social Sciences
Select 12 credit hours from Area E of the Core Curriculum12
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major
Pre-Professional Block9
Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education
Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts
Exploring Learning and Teaching
Other Courses for the Major
Select 3 credit hours in the primary concentration area (language arts, math, science, or social studies) and 3 credit hours in the secondary concentration area (language arts, math, science, or social studies):6
Language Arts:
Cognition and Language (required for language arts concentrations)
Essential Grammar for Successful Writing
College Trigonometry
Social Studies:
World Regional Geography
World History I: Development of World Civilization
Introduction to International Studies
Select 3 credit hours from the following not taken in Area D:
Environmental Biology
Chemistry and the Environment
Environmental Geology
How Things Work
Environmental Physics
Health and Physical Education Activities
HLTH   1520Healthful Living2
Physical Education Activities2
FYE   1220First-Year Seminar2
Pedagogy for Professional Educators
MGED   3131Nature and Curriculum Needs of the Middle Grades Learner3
MGED   3731Middle School Practicum I3
MGED   3732Middle School Practicum II3
MGED   4632Seminar in Middle Grades Education3
MGED   5799Student Teaching in Middle Grades Education9
SPED   3332Introduction to Special Education in the Middle Grades3
Major Requirements
ESED   5234Cultural Issues: ESOL3
MATH   2008Foundations of Numbers and Operations3
MGED   3232Methods of Teaching Science in the Middle Grades3
MGED   3332Methods of Teaching Language Arts/Reading in the Middle Grades3
MGED   3432Methods of Teaching Social Studies in the Middle Grades3
MGED   3532Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Middle Grades3
MSED   5333Literature and Writing for the Middle and Secondary Schools3
READ   3330Content Literacy3
Select from two of the following areas:24
Language Arts:
Teaching Literature to Middle and Secondary School Students
Literature for Adolescents
Teaching Writing
Linguistics and Grammar for Teachers
Creative Writing
Writing for Young Readers
Problem Solving for K-8 Teachers
Foundations of Data Analysis and Geometry
Statistics and Probability for K-8 Teachers
Algebraic Connections for K-8 Teachers
Geometry for K-8 Teachers
Weather and Climate
Earth Science
General Oceanography
Life/Earth Science
Physical Science
Social Studies:
Georgia History
Select 3 credit hours from the following:
Geography of Latin America
Geography of Asia
Geography of Africa South of the Sahara
Geography of Europe
Select 3 credit hours from the following:
Modern European Thought
History of Africa to 1800
History of Africa since 1800
The Modern Middle East
Modern Eastern Europe
Modern Southeast Asia
Modern Latin America
Select 3 credit hours from the following:
African American History to 1877
African American History Since 1877
United States Constitutional History
American Economic History
Rise of U.S. to World Power
U.S. as a Global Power
Topics in U.S. Women's History
History of Religion in the U.S.
Recent America: U.S. Since 1945
Contemporary World Cultures ( pre-req INTS   2130)
American Indian History
World War I
Total Credit Hours135

Program Admission Criteria

See B.S.Ed. Degree Requirement

  • Must be admitted into the Teacher Education Program and qualify for a Georgia Preservice Certificate

Other Program Requirements

  • Must meet all requirements for retention in the Teacher Education Program and qualify for a Georgia Preservice Certificate
  • Must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all courses in Area F of the Core, the teaching field, and professional education; earn an adjusted GPA of 2.75 or higher in the teaching field; and maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher
  • Must successfully complete all field experiences
  • Must take courses in proper sequence
  • Must meet requirements for admission to Student Teaching (See catalog section, Admission to Student Teaching)
  • Must successfully complete assessments identified at each program transition point

Honors in Middle Grades Education

To graduate with Honors in Middle Grades Education, a student must:

  • be admitted to the University Honors Program;
  • successfully complete at least four credit hours of Honors Research Seminar in Education (COED   3610H) over four semesters;
  • successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project;
  • be in good standing in the University Honors Program at the time of graduation.


Each student in Middle Grades Education is assigned to an advisor in the College of Education Student Success Center for program planning and course scheduling. Telephone: (912) 478-0698. E-Mail: cjthomp@georgiasouthern.edu