Middle Grades Education

Course work for Middle Grades candidates falls into six categories: general education, introductory courses, core courses, methods courses, content area courses, and student teaching.

Program Learning Outcomes 

  1. Demonstrate mastery of content, technological advances, and pedagogical expertise in the content and grade levels in which they teach

  2. Establish a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students

  3. Plan and deliver effective instruction, supported by appropriate technological applications, and create an environment that facilitates learning for all students

  4. Demonstrate high standards for professional conduct

  5. Partner, collaborate, and engage with families and/or communities to develop relationships and build networks of support for student success

  6. Actively advocate for students, families, and schools to support equity and social justice 

  7. Apply research to improve practice and student learning


Introductory Courses
TEP 207Foundations of American Education3
TEP 223Adolescent Development for Teachers3
TEP 224Exceptional Child for Teachers3
TEP 227Educational Psychology for Teachers3
Total Hours12
Core Courses
TEP 305Technology For Teaching3
TEP 315Advanced Classroom Management3
TEP 318Curriculum, Planning, and Assessment3
Total Hours9
Methods Courses 1
TEP 405Teaching in the Middle School3
TEP 419Content Area Literacy Methods3
Total Hours6

Content Area Endorsements

Middle Grades candidates choose one of the following content areas:

Student Teaching

Middle Grades candidates who have completed all general education requirements; all introductory, core, and methods courses; and all course work for content area, and all other requirements will be eligible to complete student teaching. The student teaching semester includes two courses. Candidates must consult with their advisor to determine which set of student teaching courses is appropriate.


Select one set of the following depending on licensure area:12
Elementary and Middle Grades Student Teaching Seminar
ECCE: Student Teaching - Elementary and Middle Grade 1
Middle Grade and High School Student Teaching Seminar
ECCE: Student Teaching - Middle Grade and High School 1
Total Hours12

Candidates are required to apply for student teaching. Applications are to be completed within the prescribed time frame. Candidates must complete a state and federal background check as directed by the host district prior to the start of student teaching.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All TEP candidates should consult with their academic content major advisors to confirm any additional ECCE requirements.