Middle Grades Education

  • MGE

    What is Middle Grades Education?

    The B.S. with a major in Middle Grades Education is designed to prepare effective teachers for learners in the middle school (grades 4 through 8). It leads to grades 4-8 teacher certification in Georgia. Candidates prepare in two of the five middle grades curriculum areas (mathematics, science, social studies, language arts, or reading). Preparation in the two teaching fields selected is more in-depth than the content requirements of the program for early childhood educators, but less extensive and less specialized than the requirements of programs for secondary educators. The integrated nature of the curriculum and the importance of team teaching strategies are emphasized. 

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    Admission Requirements

    Students may initially declare an "-Interest" based major in this subject, but must still meet additional requirements to be formally accepted into the degree program.

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    Content Area Options

    • Language Arts
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Sciences 

    Sample Classes

    • This course is a survey of life science topics designed to support middle grades education candidates in achieving the NSTA Middle Grades Content Standards for Life Science. Inquiry laboratory experiences are included in the course. This course is not appropriate for majors other than middle grades education with a science concentration.

    • This course is an exploration of current theories of composition pedagogy in practice at the middle grades level, including a variety of strategies for teaching and assessing writing while dealing with institutional policies (including state standards and high-stakes testing). Students write for a variety of purposes and audiences; analyze traditional and non-traditional writing assignments for their strengths and limitations; and develop effective instructional strategies, materials, and assessments.

    • Candidates examine the development and diversity of middle grades learners, as well as the concept and philosophy of the middle school. Issues of teaching young adolescents and the unique role teachers must play as interdisciplinary team members, content specialists, advocates for the middle school and middle level learner are explored. Information from current research and exemplary practices will be used to extend candidate knowledge.  Candidates spend at least 15 hours in a classroom.  A current criminal history background check and proof of liability insurance is required.

    • This course is designed to introduce future middle grades teachers to the knowledge and skills necessary for effective planning, instruction, and assessment of a diverse population of middle-grades learners. This course includes a 15-hour field experience placement in elementary grades 4-5. A current criminal history background check and proof of liability insurance is required.