Middle School Teacher Education Major

Middle School Teacher Education

Middle School students are positively magical. The rapid intellectual and physical development that happens between 10 and 15 years of age makes being an educator of pre-adolescents particularly exciting (think: Harry, Ron and Hermione in the first four Harry Potter books...). 

It takes a very special educator to appreciate the opportunities presented by the unique age and stage of these students. Philosophically, we believe teachers need specialized training to optimize the potential of Middle School learners, which is why Champlain offers a Bachelor of Science specifically in Middle School Teacher Education.

As a Middle School Teacher Education major, you will spend an unprecedented amount of time working in middle school classrooms. This holistic approach to middle school teacher education, which seamlessly integrates theory with practice, gives our graduates a specific set of educational tools and methods tailored to the needs of middle school students.

  • Build community: small class-sizes allow you to create strong personal relationships with your professors and other education majors.
  • Actively engage in your learning: apply what you learn as you learn it.
  • Experience a broad spectrum of teaching environments: Vermont offers a diverse number of educational settings, including rural, small-town and urban. You'll spend upward of 30 hours in the field in your first year of the program.
  • Deepen your understanding of diverse cultures: work with English Language Learners (ELL), and take advantage of the option to study and teach abroad.
  • Change the world: dive into extraordinary service learning projects as a part of your major that make a significant difference in the community.
  • Develop dual subject-matter qualifications: Get recommended for dual licensure in the state of Vermont, recognized in 47 states, which includes two concentrations: Middle School English/language Arts and Middle School Social Studies.

It's All About the Middle

  • Thanks to the Upside-Down Curriculum, you'll be taking American History, Adolescent Psychology, and Learning Theory, among other major-specific courses from the Middle School Education curriculum in your first year at Champlain.
  • Our Middle School Education faculty will guide you towards the skills and confidence required to lead your own classroom.
  • In this Bachelor of Science in Middle School Teacher Education program, you will learn strategies for integrating technology into the classroom and for designing curriculum. Read more about the other skills and knowledge you will master.
  • Spend time every semester helping out in real classrooms through field experiences and Student Teaching.
  • Study Abroad is built right into the program so you can spend a semester studying at one of our campuses in Montreal, Dublin, or at another exciting destination. If you choose to study in Dublin, you will have the opportunity to intern in Irish classrooms.
  • Find out what you need to know to Apply to this popular major.

Faculty Visits Dublin Campus

Kathy Leo-Nyquist Visits Dublin

A note from Kathy Leo-Nyquist: My Visit to the Dublin Campus

Hello all. I had the good fortune of visiting the Dublin campus in late September. We have ten Education students at the campus this fall, so it was very timely for me to go this semester.  It was wonderful meeting the Dublin faculty and staff and to see the classrooms and spaces where our students study. The highlight of my trip was spending the day with one of our Dublin faculty, Darren Kelly, who teaches the EHS course, Community Advocacy and Inquiry in Dublin, through which our students have the incredible opportunity to work one full day in a Dublin school or social service agency. Visiting five different school sites was an eye-opener for me and I was gratified to see that our students are truly getting a  life changing  through another culture experience.  Many thanks to Stephen Robinson and Lilly Johnsson for welcoming me and Cinse Bonino to the campus!

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