BS Ed: Middle School Education (5-9) /
Bachelor of Science in Education in Elementary Education, emphasis in Middle School Education

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The Middle School program is a small, personalized program that serves students who wish to teach middle school or junior high school students. It is a hybrid program, combining the child centered philosophy of elementary certification with a content specialization more typical of secondary certification. Middle school majors earn certification in one or more content areas for grades 5-9. They may be certified to teach math, science, communication arts, or social studies. Middle school majors explore the unique challenges and rewards of teaching students aged 10-14 and gain real world experience through internships and practicums at area schools. Students progress through the program in small cohorts supervised by professors with extensive middle school experience. UMSL’s middle school program is highly regarded in the surrounding educational community and, due to the limited number of students choosing this major, employment prospects are good.

Bachelor of Science in Education (BS Ed)

Contact Advisor:

Daniel Tebeau

114 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-4329

DESE Middle School Science (Grades 5-9) Certification
The College of Education will recommend you to the Missouri Department of Elementary/Secondary Education for teacher certification in Science 5-9 at the completion of this program if you have met all state requirements. To ensure that you have met all state requirements, please contact your advisor.

Bachelor of Science in Education: Elementary Education (Middle School Certification)

This area of specialization in elementary education prepares students to teach in grades 5-9.

General Education Requirements

B.S.Ed. degree candidates must complete the following General Education courses required by the College of Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Core Areas:
First Year Writing
ENGL 1100First-Year Writing3
or HIST 1111 Reacting to the Past
Math Proficiency
MATH 1030College Algebra3
Communication Proficiency
EDUC 2222Interpretation: Connecting Audiences and Meaning3
or COMM 1040 Introduction To Public Speaking
Information Literacy
ED TECH 2230Information Literacy3
American History or Government
POL SCI 1100Introduction To American Politics3
Explore Areas
Humanities and Fine Arts
Three courses from two of the following fields: art, foreign language, music (excluding applied music), philosophy, theater, dance, and literature.9
Social Science
ED PSY 2212Child and Adolescent Development3
GEOG 1001Introduction To Geography3
or GEOG 1002 World Regions
HIST 1001American Civilization To 18653
or HIST 1002 American Civilization 1865 To Present
Math and Life/Natural Science
BIOL 1012General Biology3
GEOL 1001General Geology4
Additional course in Physics or Chemistry or Combined Physics/Chemistry3

Related Area Requirements

MATH 1150Introduction to the Structure Of Mathematical Systems3
MATH 2510Structure Of Mathematical Systems II3
ECON 1052Microeconomics For The School Curriculum3
HLTH PE 3432Teaching Health and Physical Education in the Elementary School3
ENGL 3100Junior-Level Writing3

Program Requirements

All students in the B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education, Middle School program are required to take the following Level I, Level II, and Level III courses. Each student must select a content area and complete the required courses for that content area.

Note for all emphasis areas:

Professional Education courses must be completed with a grade of C or better (a grade of C- or below is unacceptable).

Beginning with those students graduating in May, 2017 and receiving teacher certification, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires a 3.0 GPA in professional education courses, a 3.0 GPA in the teaching content field, and a 2.75 overall GPA.

Students must pass the required DESE certification assessments to receive the B.S.Ed. degree.

Introduction to Education
EDUC 1000Building Community, Culture, and Learning in Education1
EDUC 1001Early Clinical Experience: Community Agency1
Level I: Exploring Education as a Profession
TCH ED 2000Becoming a Professional Educator1
TCH ED 2001Early Clinical Experience: Schools1
TCH ED 2209Foundations of Teaching in American Schools2
Level II: Teaching and Learning Across Context and Clinical Experiences
Must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program to enroll in the following courses:
ED PSY 3312Psychology of Learning, Instruction, and Assessment3
SPEC ED 3318Inclusive Classrooms3
TCH ED 3212Sociolinguistics and Communication in the Classroom3
TCH ED 3001Mid-Level Clinical Experience: Diverse Learners1
MID ED 4315The Middle Level School3
TCH ED 4391Literacy for Adolescent Learners in Content Areas3
Level III: Synthesizing Theory and Practice in Education
Entrance into Level III is based on successful completion of all course work in Levels I and II, as well as any prerequisite courses required by advanced methods courses.
MID ED 4316Middle Level Curriculum And Instruction3
MID ED 4317The Middle-Level Child3
Methods Course in Certification Area3
SEC ED 4880Writing For Teachers3
MID ED 4989Practicum I: Middle Level Education Site Based Experience3
MID ED 4990Practicum II: Middle Level Education Site Based Experience12
Area of Concentration for State Certification
Middle School 5-9 requires a minimum of 21 hours for certification in one specific content area and appropriate methods course (math, science, social studies or language arts). Content requirements are listed on our website.

Total: minimum 122 hours

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Cathy Vatterott, Ph.D.

Professor Vatterott received a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1972, a Master's degree in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1978, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Louis University in 1981. P...