Middle School Teacher Education Curriculum

This major includes two concentration areas:

  • Middle School English/Language Arts
  • Middle School Social Studies.

You will graduate eligible for dual endorsements in Middle School English/Language Arts and Middle School Social Studies in the state of Vermont. Because Vermont licensure is widely acknowledged, you'll have the flexibility to teach English/Language Arts and Social Studies in grades 5 through 8 nearly anywhere in the United States.

Our Upside-Down Curriculum allows you to begin taking your Middle School Teacher Education classes beginning in your first semester. By the time you finish your first year, you will have taken upward of five courses related to your major!

Interested in studying abroad for a semester? The Middle School Teacher Education faculty built the curriculum so you can take a semester studying abroad without getting behind on the required courses necessary for you to complete your major.

Middle School Teacher Education Curriculum 2015-2016


First Year

First Semester

Learning Theory
(EDU 115)

American History I
(HIS 110) OR
American History II
(HIS 111)

Adolescent Psychology
(PSY 120)

Making Connections
(EHS 100)

Concepts of the Self
(COR 110)

The Rhetoric of Self
(COR 115)

Second Semester

Integrating Technology
(EDU 112)

College Algebra
(MTH 120)

Concepts of Community
(COR 120)

The Rhetoric of Community
(COR 125)

Natural Science Elective with Lab
(SCI XXX)


Second Year

*EHS 200 OR 210 must be taken either in the fall or spring semester.

First Semester

Content Literacy
(EDU 230)

American Literature I
(ENG 240) OR
American Literature II
(ENG 241)

Hot Topics Seminar
(EHS 200) OR
Social Justice Intensive
(EHS 210)

Specialization / Minor / General Elective

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)

Second Semester

Teaching Diverse Learners
(EDU 135)

British Literature I
(ENG 242) OR
British Literature II
(ENG 243)

Hot Topics Seminar
(EHS 200) OR
Social Justice Intensive
(EHS 210)

Literature/Writing Elective

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)


Third Year

*In the third year, students MUST take COR 310, 320 and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and 320 MUST be taken together and the two COR 330 courses MUST be taken together. Either pair may be taken in either semester. For students who plan to study abroad, COR 310 and 320 should be taken in Burlington, and the two COR 330 courses should be taken during the study abroad semester.

First Semester

Service Learning
(EDU 245)

Legacy of World Civilizations I
(HIS 210)

American National Government
(LEG 100)

Choose two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*
(COR 330)

The Global Condition*
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities*
(COR 320)

Literature/Writing Elective

Second Semester

Curriculum Design and Differentiated Instruction
(EDU 335)

Legacy of World Civilizations II
(HIS 211)

Choose two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*
(COR 330)

The Global Condition*
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities*
(COR 320)

Literature/Writing Elective


Fourth Year

First Semester

Middle School Organization
(EDU 315)

Secondary Teaching Methods
(EDU 332)

Social Injustice in Diverse Society
(SWK 305)

Specialization / Minor / General Elective

Specialization / Minor / General Elective

Second Semester

College Capstone
(CCC 410)

Integrated Curriculum & Student Teaching
(EDU 490)