Western Kentucky University

WKU-O Undergraduate Programs

MIDDLE GRADES EDUCATION

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.

Characteristics associated with success in this major include a desire to serve others and to improve their lives. You should:

• be pleasant, positive, persuasive, and friendly

• be sensitive to the differences in and needs of others

• be able to communicate effectively with persons, with a variety of personalities, learning styles, and intellectual capacities

• have leadership potential

• be able to organize and maintain accurate records

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:

a. The Enhanced American College Test (ACT) with a minimum composite score of 21

b. The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum composite score of 1500

c. The Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) with minimums of 173 in Mathematics, 173 in Reading, and 172 in Writing

d. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with a minimum Verbal + Quantitative total of 800 and an Analytical Writing score of at least 3.5, or a minimum GAP score (undergraduate GPA multiplied by GRE V+Q) of 2200 and an Analytical Writing score of at least 3.5

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 2.5 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.
  6. If not on iCAP, submit a copy of an approved written degree program for a program leading to initial certification.

Required of applicants seeking a second baccalaureate degree or certification-only for initial certification (in addition to the requirements for all students):

  1. Document a minimum overall GPA of at least 2.5 (counting all course work completed at the time of admission to teacher education), or a minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 hours.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in oral communication, either by attaining a minimum grade of “C” in COMM 145 or 161 (or approved equivalent course); OR by documenting a minimum undergraduate degree GPA of at least 2.5.
  3.  Demonstrate proficiency in written communication, either 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”); OR by documenting a minimum undergraduate degree GPA of at least 2.5.
  4. Obtain three favorable faculty recommendations.
  5. Submit a copy of an approved written degree program or certification-only program for a program leading to initial certification.

 

Coursework:

  WKU COURSES                                                                                                                                              KCTCS EQUIVALENT

 MGE 275 Found. of Middle Grades Instructions

 

 MGE 385 Middle Grades Teaching Strategies

 

 MGE 489 Managing Student Behavior

 

 MGE 490 Student Teaching

 

 EXED 330 Intro to Ex. Ed: Diversity in Learning

 EDP 203 

 LTCY 421 Reading in the Middle School or LTCY 444 Reading in the Secondary Grades

 

 PSY 310 Educational Psychology

 EDP 202

 PSY 421 Psychology of Early Adolescence or PSY 422 Adolescent Psychology                                        

                        

Social Studies courses:

 ECON 150 Introductions to Economics 

 ECO 101  

 SOCL 101 Introduction to Sociology

 SOC 100

 PS 110 American National Government

 POL 101

 GEOG 110 World Regional Geography

 GEO 152

 HIST 119 Western Civilization to 1648 or HIST 120 Western Civilization since 1648

 HIS 104/105 

 HIST 240 United States to 1865

 HIS 108

 HIST 241 United States since 1865

 HIS 109

 GEOG 360 Geography of North America

 

 HIST 360 History of Africa or HIST 364 Colonial Latin America 1400-1825 or HIST 365 Modern Latin America 1800 – present or HIST 460 Traditional East Asia or HIST 461 Modern East Asia

 

 MGE 481 Teaching Social Studies (fall only)

 

 Language Arts courses:

 ENG Writing I                                                                                                                                                             

                        

 ENG 200 Writing II

 ENG 101 

 COMM 145 Fundamentals of Public Speaking

 ENG 102

 ENG 301 Argument & Analysis in Written Dicourse

 COM 181

 ENG 302 Language & Communication

 

 ENG 390 Masterpieces of American Lit.

 

 ENG 401 Advanced Composition

 

 LME 407 Literature for Young Adults (web)

 

 MGE 475 Teaching Language Arts (fall only)

 



Sequencing:

Because of transferring credits and WKU-O course offerings, the length of time to finish this program differs for each student. It is important to meet with a WKU-O advisor as soon as possible. Bring an unofficial copy of transcripts from all previously attended colleges and/or universities. It is also important to determine your availability to take courses: part-time, full-time, summer term.

WKU-O Academic Requirements:

  • 120 college-level undergraduate semester hours including the following:

- 44 semester hours of General Education

- 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.

  • Students must earn a minimum of 54 semester hours with WKU to graduate with honors.
  • Students must apply for graduation upon the completion of 90 semester hours.
  • Students are to meet with an advisor each semester.

 

 Last Modified 5/28/14