Feb 03, 2023  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Middle Grades Education (Certification Track), B.S.Ed.

Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours

Additional admission requirements must be met to enter the Middle Grades Education B.S.Ed. (Certification Track) program.(See B.S.Ed. Teacher Education Admission Requirements). Students seeking teacher certification are first admitted to the Middle Grades Education B.S.Ed. Professional Studies (Non-Certification Track). Upon meeting B.S.Ed. teacher education admission requirements at the completion of Area F, students will be admitted to the certification track. Successful completion of all program requirements and all Georgia Professional Standards Commission certification requirements will prepare an individual to gain teacher certification in Georgia.

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

General Requirements (Core Areas A - E) Credit Hours: 42

Additional Requirements Credit Hours: 4

Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major Credit Hours: 18

Other Courses for the Major

Each student must select two emphasis areas. The first emphasis area should be Science or Social Studies. The second emphasis area should be Language Arts or Math. (Students who select other combinations of emphasis areas may have extended time to graduation.) Students who select Science as an emphasis area must take ISCI 2001  and ISCI 2002 , and three hours in their other selected emphasis area. Other students should take three hours in the first emphasis area, three hours in the second emphasis area, and an additional three hours in one of their selected emphasis areas.  

Emphasis Areas Credit Hours: 18

Nine credit hours are required for each emphasis area, selected from the following courses under each emphasis area.

Total Credit Hours: 124

Program Admission Criteria

See B.S.Ed. Teacher Education Admission Requirements.

  • 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; and maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher. 
  • Must earn a minimum grade of “B’” or higher in Introduction to SPED in Middle and Secondary Grades (SPED 3332 ).
  • 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 Honors College;
  • successfully complete at least four credit hours of COED 3610 Honors Research Seminar Education  over four semesters;
  • successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project;
  • be in good standing in the Honors College at the time of graduation.


Undergraduate Academic Advisement at Georgia Southern is provided to all degree-seeking undergraduate students by professional advisors. Academic Advisors are located on all three Georgia Southern University campuses. Students are required to meet with their assigned Academic Advisor at least once a semester. For more information visit the Academic Advisement  catalog page.