Middle School Education
Teaching middle school can be a very exciting and challenging journey. Teaching young adolescents gives you the opportunity to be a positive influence during a very formative period of a student’s life. The Middle School Education Program is a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree program. The programs will prepare you to become a certified teacher for middle school students in grades 5-9 in two curriculum content areas (English/Communications, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies). You will take approximately 121-137 hours, including University Studies courses, professional education courses, and content area courses drawn from one or two curriculum areas. You will focus on specific course content and teaching methods appropriate for the middle school student. Coursework and practicum experiences (field-based learning activities) provide access to current best practices and research in the middle school education field. The culminating experience is a semester-long student teaching experience in two classroom settings in a public middle school.
Career Outlook: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there will be shortage of middle school
teachers through 2018. Critical need areas are in mathematics, science, bilingual
education, and foreign languages.
Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts Degree in Middle School Education (Grades 5-9)
The middle school undergraduate program prepares graduates for teaching certification in their choice of content areas: mathematics, science, English/Communications, and social studies in grades 5-9. Undergraduate students in the middle school education certification program complete programs of study in three general areas. After you have completed Murray State University's required University Studies Program, you will complete the professional education courses sequence and the content requirements for your selected content areas. For certification, you must earn a passing score on content-specific Praxis exams plus the PLT Exam.
Master of Arts in Education Middle School Teacher Leader Program
This MA degree program is designed to fulfill course requirements for Rank II classification. The program must be preplanned with your advisor and consist of 30 semester hours of graduate level course work with a minimum of 18 hours in professional education and a minimum of 17 hours of courses at the 600 level. You must hold a Middle School (5-8, 5-9) Provisional Certificate or its equivalent. To complete the program and graduate, you must develop two leadership projects (an internal and external project). These projects will require approval and collaboration with your school principal or a district administrator. For more detailed information regarding the Teacher Leader Master’s Degree Program, please download the Teacher Leader Program advising guide or speak to your advisor.
The Murray State Middle School Education program collaboratively prepares educators to succeed in the growth and development of middle school students. To that end, and grounded in the college’s goals of formulating inclusive, responsible, enthusiastic, caring, confident, and ethical educators, the middle grades program prepares educators through the development of professional habits of mind, heart, and practice. This includes an emphasis on the following core attributes of middle grades education:
- an understanding of the development of adolescents’ cognitive, social, moral, physical, and psychological characteristics;
- an understanding of differentiated instruction: an educator can differentiate the content, product, process, and learning environment, by a student’s readiness, interest, and learning style; and
- an understanding of the role student relationship building has on the success of learning within the classroom