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

Degree Requirements: 133 Credit Hours

Additional admission requirements must be met to enter the Middle Grades Education B.S.Ed. Certification Track (See B.S.Ed. Teacher Education Admission Requirements). Students seeking teacher certification are first admitted to the Professional Studies Middle Grades Education B.S.Ed. 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.

Credit Hours
General Requirements (Core Areas A - E)42
Additional Requirements4
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major18
Pre-Professional Block
PPB Practicum
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
Foundations of Numbers and Operations
Select 3 credit hours in the primary emphasis area (language arts, math, science, or social studies) and 3 credit hours in the secondary emphasis area (language arts, math, science, or social studies):
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
Pedagogy for Professional Educators24
Nature and Curriculum Needs of the Middle Grades Learner
Middle School Practicum I
Middle School Practicum II
Seminar in Middle Grades Education
Student Teaching in Middle Grades Education
Introduction to SPED in Middle and Secondary Grades
Major Requirements9
Literature and Writing for the Middle and Secondary Schools
Content Literacy
Cultural Diversity and ESOL TCLD
Methods Requirements6
Select two of the following according to emphasis areas
Methods of Teaching Science in the Middle Grades
Methods of Teaching Language Arts in the Middle Grades
Methods of Teaching Social Studies in the Middle Grades
Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Middle Grades
Emphasis Areas
Fifteen credit hours required for primary and secondary emphasis areas30
Language Arts:
Teaching Literature to Middle and Secondary School Students
Literature for Adolescents
Creative Writing
Writing for Young Readers
Linguistics and Grammar For Teachers
Teaching Writing
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 East Central Europe
Modern Southeast Asia
Latin America since Independence
Select 3 credit hours from the following:
African American History to 1865
African American History since 1865
United States Constitutional History
American Economic History
US Foreign Relations to World War I
US Foreign Relations since World War I
History of Religion in the U.S.
Women & Gender in Amer Hist
Recent America: U.S. Since 1945
Select 3 credit hours from the following:
World War I
American Indian History
Contemporary World Cultures ( prerequisite INTS   2130)
Teaching Global Issues in Middle/Secondary Classrooms
Total Credit Hours133

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; 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 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 Honors Research Seminar Education (COED   3610) 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.


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