Middle School Teacher Education Curriculum

This Middle School Education focus includes two concentration areas:

  • Middle School English Language Arts
  • Middle School Social Studies

You will graduate eligible for dual endorsement in Middle School English Language Arts and Middle School Social Studies in the state of Vermont—you'll have the flexibility to teach both subjects to students in grades 5 through 9.

Our Upside-Down Curriculum allows you to begin taking your Middle School Teacher Education classes beginning 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 a greater insight through experience.

Interested in studying abroad for a semester? We've 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.

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Middle School Teacher Education Curriculum 2019-2020


First Year

First Semester

Foundations of Teaching and Learning 
(EDU 110)

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)

Foundations of Mathematics 
(MTH 115)

OR

Intro. to Statistics 
(MTH 180)

Concepts of Community
(COR 120)

The Rhetoric of Community
(COR 125)

Literature/Writing Course Elective


Second Year

*EHS 200 OR 210 must be completed in the third or fourth semester, totaling 1 credit.

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)

Brit Lit I: Mid Ages to 18th Century
(ENG 242)

OR

British Literature II
(ENG 243)

Hot Topics Seminar*
(EHS 200)

OR

Social Justice Intensive*
(EHS 210)

Specialization / Minor / General Elective

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)

Choose 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, 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 Civilization I
(HIS 210)

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

The Global Condition*
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities*
(COR 320)

Specialization / Minor / General Elective

Second Semester

Natural Science w/ Lab
(SCI XXX)

Legacy World Civilization 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)

Reflective Practices in Education 
(EDU 425)

Curriculum Design & Differentiated Instruction 
(EDU 335)

Literature/Writing Elective

Specialization / Minor / General Elective

Second Semester

Student Teaching Capstone
(CCC 410EDU)

Integrated Curriculum & Student Teaching
(EDU 490)