Middle Grades Education (6-9)
Being a middle school teacher is a combination of serving in the Peace Corps, organizing an amoebae circus, competing in a decathlon, and earning an Academy Award. In no other job do you laugh aloud, ignite someone’s imagination, bring peace, pose conflict, kiss frogs, quell fears, affirm goodness, stand amazed, and read a crumpled love note that assures the end of the world by 3:00 that afternoon. And that’s just the end of first period. (Rick Wormeli, Meet Me in the Middle)
Campbell University offers a B.S. in Middle Grades Education that is specifically designed to prepare candidates to teach in a true middle school setting. Students successfully completing the program earn a Bachelor of Science degree and initial licensure in North Carolina to teach one of four content areas in grades 6-9: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies.
Candidates choose a secondary area of concentration from the four areas in which they earn an additional 18 credit hours. With these hours, they have a solid foundation in a secondary concentration area, enabling them to successfully pass the Praxis II exam for a dual license in 6th-9th grades.
For more information on the middle grades program, please contact Dr. Lorae Roukema at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Skittles in the Middle
Erin Overton writes thoughts and insights on middle level education and the young adolescent in her blog: Skittles in the Middle. Erin is a secondary education major in English, but writes about her experiences with middle grades education after taking EDUC 365: Teaching in the Middle. Read Erin’s blogs here: http://skittlesinthemiddle.blogspot.com/
Four Square and the Politics of Sixth Grade Lunch
Review by Donna Jellico, Class of 2013
Promoting Harmony: A Reflection
Review by Casey Lanier, Class of 2013
Video courtesy of Ms. Kelly McGee, Class of 2012