Education: Middle Grades Curriculum

This Middle School Teacher Education focus includes two concentration areas. You can choose from the following subjects:

  • Middle School English Language Arts
  • Middle School Mathematics
  • Middle School Social Studies

You will graduate eligible for dual endorsement in your chosen subjects, with the flexibility to teach both subjects to students in grades 5 through 9.

Our Upside-Down Curriculum allows you to begin taking your Middle Grades Education classes in your first semester. You'll be in the field throughout your four years of studies; you'll take your own classroom learning directly into the field classroom, giving you greater insight through experience.

Interested in studying abroad for a semester? We've built the curriculum so you can take a semester of study abroad without getting behind on the required courses necessary for you to complete your major.

Middle School Teacher Education Curriculum 2020–2021


First Year

First Semester

Foundations of Teaching & Learning
(EDU 110)

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

Adolescent Psychology
(PSY 120)

Making Connections
(EHS 100)

Navigating Higher Education in a Global Context
(COR 101)

FYI: Reading, Writing, & ____
(COR 102)

Second Semester

Integrating Technology
(EDU 112)

Foundations of Mathematics
(MTH 115) or
Introduction to Statistics
(MTH 180)

Navigating Your Information Landscape
(COR 103)

FYI: Making, Doing, & ____
(COR 104)

Literature/writing course elective


Second Year

EHS 210 can be completed in either semester.

First Semester

Content Literacy
(EDU 230)

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

Social Justice Intensive
(EHS 210)

Concentration/minor/general elective course

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)

Concentration/minor/general elective course

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)

Talk to your Advisor and/or the Office of International Education about possible curriculum adjustments in order to create a semester abroad in your third year.


Third Year

In the third year, students must take COR 310, COR 320, and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and COR 320 must be taken together, and the two COR 330 courses must be taken together. Either pair may be taken in either semester.

First Semester

Service Learning
(EDU 245)

Legacy of World Civilization I
(HIS 210)

The Global Condition
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities
(COR 320)

Concentration/minor/general elective course

Second Semester

Natural science w/ lab
(SCI XXX)

Legacy World Civilization II
(HIS 211)

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)

Literature/writing elective


Fourth Year

First Semester

Middle School Organization
(EDU 315)

Secondary Teaching Methods
(EDU 332)

Reflective Practices in Education
(EDU 425)

Curriculum Design & Differentiated Instruction
(EDU 335)

Literature/writing elective

Concentration/minor/general elective course

Second Semester

Student Teaching Capstone
(CCC 410EDU)

Integrated Curriculum & Student Teaching
(EDU 490)