Middle Grades Education B.S.Ed. Professional Studies (Non-Certification Track)

Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours

The BSED degree with a major in Middle Grades Education-Professional Studies (Non-Certification Track) provides students who are interested in education the opportunity to take coursework with planned minors and concentrations. The degree allows for choice in several areas leading to a broad background. When accepted to the University all Middle Grades Education majors are placed in the Professional Studies, Non-Certification Track. This track does NOT lead to teacher certification. Upon meeting teacher education program admission requirements, those seeking teacher certification in Middle Grades Education will move into the BSED Middle Grades Education Certification Track.

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
Prerequisite Courses to Teaching Field
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
Essential Grammar for Successful Writing
Math:
College Trigonometry
Social Studies:
Select if not taken in Area B
World Regional Geography
World History I: Development of World Civilization
Introduction to International Studies
Science:
Select if not taken in Area D:
Environmental Biology
Chemistry and the Environment
Environmental Geology
How Things Work
Environmental Physics
Professional Education21
Educational Psychology: General
Introduction to Research Methods in Education
Foundations of Technology-Enabled Learning
The Teaching of Reading
Introduction to SPED in Middle and Secondary Grades
Cultural Diversity and ESOL TCLD
Select one from the following:
Literature for Adolescents
Children's Literature
Topics in Coordinated School Health
Introduction to Language
Foundations of Data Analysis and Geometry
Content Literacy
Sociology of Childhood
Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing
Writing in the Workplace
Major Requirements39
Must include at least 21 credit hours of upper division courses
Option 1
Complete 9 credit hours of guided electives and two 15 credit hour minors (please review minors in the undergraduate catalog)
Option 2
Complete 3 credit hours of guided electives and two 18 credit hour concentrations. (please review concentrations in the undergraduate catalog)
Option 3
Complete 9 credit hours of guided electives and a combination of 15 additional approved credit hours, and a 15 credit hour minor, or 12 additional approved credit hours and a 18 credit hour concentration. (please review concentrations in the undergraduate catalog)
Approved Concentrations: In consultation with and approval of the advisor, select concentrations that support the program of study.
Guided Electives
See Option 1, 2, and 3 to determine credit hours of guided electives needed.
Please select electives from the following courses:
Teaching Literature to Middle and Secondary School Students
Literature for Adolescents
Weather and Climate
Geography of Latin America
Geography of Asia
Geography of Africa South of the Sahara
Geography of Europe
Earth Science
General Oceanography
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
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
Life/Earth Science
Physical Science
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
Creative Writing
Writing for Young Readers
Linguistics and Grammar For Teachers
Teaching Writing
Total Credit Hours124

Program Admission Criteria

  • Must meet all University Admission Requirements
  • This program does NOT lead to teacher certification. Upon meeting teacher education program admission requirements, those seeking teacher certification will move into the B.S.Ed. Middle Grades Education certification track.

Other Program Requirements

  • Must choose Option 1, 2, or 3
  • Must identify a career path with their academic advisor

To graduate with B.S.Ed. Professional Studies Middle Grades Education/Non-Certification, a student must:

  • successfully complete the program of study as outlined in the catalog;
  • be in good standing with a GPA of 2.0 or higher

Advisement

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.