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
Guided Elective
Middle Grades Concentration
Guided Elective
Middle Grades Concentration
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
Guided Electives3-9
See Option 1, 2, and 3 below to determine credit hours of guided electives needed
Major Requirements30-36
Must include at least 18 credit hours of upper division courses
Option 1
Complete 9 credit hours of guided electives under professional education and two 15 credit hour minors (please review minors in the catalog)
Option 2
Complete 3 credit hours of guided electives under professional education and two 18 credit hour concentrations from the list below
Option 3
Complete 9 credit hours of guided electives under professional education, and a combination of additional approved courses, a 15 credit hour minor, or an 18 credit hour concentration from the list below
Approved Concentrations:
Africana Studies, American Studies, Business, Communication Arts, Culture and Society, Education, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Sustainability, Individual Emphasis, International Studies, Irish Studies, Justice Studies, Modern Languages, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Religious Studies, Sociology, Southern Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies and Writing
Total Credit Hours124

Program Admission Criteria

  • Must meet all University Admission Requirements

Additional 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


Each student in Middle Grades Education-Professional Studies 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.