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Middle Grades Education - Language Arts and Social Studies

Middle Grades Language Arts & Social Studies

In this program, you will learn about the theory and practice of teaching students in the middle, intermediate or junior high grades, which may include grades five through nine by regulation. To teach at the middle school and higher level, you will study a particular area of concentration, and take general education courses to develop good teaching and supervision skills. You will study how individuals learn and acquire their own unique set of values and personal characteristics such as interests and skills. Study in this field concludes with a student teaching experience. During the first part a professional teacher will supervise you; then you will prepare and deliver lessons in your subject while being monitored and evaluated by your supervising teacher.

 

Careers

- Middle School Teacher
- Principle
- Superintendent
- Career/Technical Education
- Advising

For more careers and information, go to the Career Services Center website and select "Connect major to careers".

 

Requirements for Admission to Professional Education

  1. File an application for admission to professional education.
  2. File a statement indicating no convictions or pending charges on a felony or a sexual misconduct misdemeanor.
  3. Submit documentation of a completed physical exam, TB test, and thumbprint criminal background check, all dated within one year prior to admission to teacher education.
  4. Submit an appropriate photograph for the teacher admission file.
  5. File a statement indicating a commitment to uphold the Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Personnel.
  6. Complete teacher admission standardized testing requirement for demonstration of basic skills by satisfying the indicated cut-off score(s) for one of the following (GRE test option is for graduate students only):
    • The Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) with minimums of 174 in Mathematics, 176 in Reading, and 174 in Writing

 

Required of undergraduate students (in addition to the requirements for all students)

1. Attend a Teacher Education Admissions Orientation session.
2. Achieve the required minimum GPA of 2.75 overall.
3. Demonstrate proficiency in oral communication by attaining a minimum grade of "C" in COMM 145 or 161 (or approved equivalent course).
4. Demonstrate proficiency in written communication by attaining a GPA of at least 2.5 in ENG 100 and ENG 300 (or approved equivalent courses), with neither grade lower than a "C" (English credit earned with an Advanced Placement score of 3 or higher, ACT English score of 29, SAT Verbal score of 620, or CLEP proficiency will be accepted as equivalent to a "B").
5. Obtain three favorable faculty recommendations from instructors of designated courses.
6. If not on iCAP, submit a copy of an approved written degree program for a program leading to initial certification.

For requirements of applicants seeking a second baccalaureate degree or certification-only for initial certification please see the Requirements for Admission to Professional Education webpage. 

 

Coursework

For a listing of the coursework for this program follow this link to the academic plan.

 

WKU-O Requirements

120 college-level undergraduate semester hours including the following:
- 39 semester hours of General Education, or General Education Certified/Associate ofr Arts/Science degree from KCTCS
- 42 semester hours of upper-division credit (300-400 level courses)
- 30 hours must be earned in residence (at WKU), at least 16 of which must be completed after the semester in which the student earned a cumulative total of at least 90 hours.

 

Internship

Internships and volunteering provide more for students than just networking, wages (if applicable) and work experience. These opportunities provide students a chance to take a career path for a "test drive." Internships and observations give students the opportunity to compare career expectations to work life reality and take control of making life decisions about their career. Please contact WKU-Owensboro Career Services at (270) 684-9797 for more information or email david.powers@wku.edu for an appointment.

 

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 Last Modified 8/27/14