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Middle School Education
Middle school education—Stevenson leading the way in Maryland.
If you are interested in working with young adolescents during crucial developmental years, Stevenson's Middle School Education major (Grades 4-9) could be a perfect fit for you.
Bachelor of Science
The Middle School Education program is designed to prepare you to effectively teach young adolescents. You will choose an Area of Concentration in either English Language Arts and Social Studies or Mathematics and Science. Candidates will spend three years completing field experiences in middle schools. Stevenson offers the first approved teacher preparation program in Maryland designed specifically for middle school education.
What Will You Learn?
- Apply knowledge of discipline content and content-related pedagogy to design and implement effective instruction for all learners.
- Use knowledge of students to design instruction and create a culturally responsive, equitable environment to support achievement for all learners.
- Design and implement instruction that engages students, encourages student participation, promotes higher-level thinking, and supports instructional outcomes.
- Design and implement assessment that monitors student learning, provides purposeful feedback on progress, and furnishes evidence to inform instruction.
- Reflect on teaching, collaborate in a professional learning community, seek professional development opportunities, engage in inquiry, persist toward goals, and exhibit integrity and professionalism.
A complete listing of learning objectives for the Middle School Education program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
Why Study Middle School Education?
Faculty in Stevenson's Middle School Education program are committed to ensuring that you demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions to have a positive impact on the education and lives of young adolescents. The curriculum is designed to provide a strong foundation in mathematics, science, English language arts and social studies. Our emphasis on experiential learning will prepare you to demonstrate confidence and skills in middle school classrooms. Middle school graduates accept teaching positions in public and private institutions in Maryland and other states or choose to pursue graduate degrees in the field of education.
- Study courses with a concentration in either mathematics and science or English language arts and social studies to gain knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become a successful middle school teacher.
- Demonstrate an understanding of young adolescent development and its impact on education practices.
- Collaborate with a team of education professionals.
- Teach in diverse school environments to acquire the knowledge, skills and disposition to be effective educators.
- Complete coursework that reflects the fundamental components of effective classroom instruction.
- Engage in field experiences in public and private schools beginning in the sophomore year.
- Apply cognitive, moral and psychosocial theories of development to the teaching and learning process.
- Examine the roles of development, school culture and community contexts in the teaching and learning process.
- Engage in inquiry on the influence of philosophy on education.
- Complete a year-long internship experience in a Professional Development School under the guidance of an experienced teacher.
Stevenson University's education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and approved by Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).
Courses & Requirements
Courses and Requirements
The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor’s degree in Middle School Education. Candidates must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).
Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.
English/Language Arts and Social Studies Area of Concentration
FYS 100 First Year Seminar EC 201 or Principles of Macroeconomics or EC 202 Principles of Microeconomics ED 202F Year Two Field Placement ED 203F Year Two Field Placement ED 205 Year Two Seminar ED 266 Reading in the Content Areas I: Middle School ED 270 Curriculum Principles & Practices ED 271 Principles of Assessment ED 272 Principles of Special Education ED 302 Year Three Seminar I ED 303 Year Three Seminar II ED 305F Year Three Field Placement ED 306F Year Three Field Placement ED 310 Year Three Transfer Seminar ED 362 Methods of Teaching English Language Arts: Middle School ED 363 Methods of Teaching Social Studies: Middle School ED 367 Reading in the Content Areas II: Middle School ED 435 Internship Seminar I ED 436 Internship Seminar II ED 444 Internship I: Middle School ED 445 Internship II: Middle School ENG 282 Literary Genres: Youth Literature Three ENG electives One must be SEE certified: WI GEO elective Geography elective HIST 105 World History I HIST 106 World History II HIST 109 United States History: Colonial America to 1877 HIST 110 United States History: 1877 to Present IS 302 Integrating Technology and Digital Learning into the Classroom PHIL 420 Philosophy of Education POSCI elective Political Science elective PSY 206 Child Development PSY 330 Educational Psychology
Mathematics and Science Area of Concentration Major Requirements
BIO 113L General Biology I Laboratory: Cell Biology and Genetics CHEM 115 General Chemistry l CHEM 115L General Chemistry l Laboratory CHEM 115S General Chemistry I SoLVE ED 202F Year Two Field Placement ED 203F Year Two Field Placement ED 205 Year Two Seminar ED 266 Reading in the Content Areas I: Middle School ED 270 Curriculum Principles and Practices ED 271 Principles of Assessment ED 272 Principles of Special Education ED 302 Year Three Seminar I ED 303 Year Three Seminar II ED 305F Year Three Field Placement ED 306F Year Three Field Placement ED 310 Year Three Transfer Seminar ED 360 Methods of Teaching Science: Middle School ED 361 Methods of Teaching Mathematics: Middle School ED 367 Reading in the Content Areas II: Middle School ED 435 Internship Seminar I ED 436 Internship Seminar II ED 444 Internship I: Middle School ED 445 Internship II: Middle School ENG 282 Literary Genres: Youth Literature HIST elective History elective, must be SEE certified HUM IS 302 Integrating Technology and Digital Learning in the Classroom MATH 135 Introduction to Math Reasoning (recommended) MATH 136 Introduction to Statistics (recommended) MATH electives Three additional MATH electives PHIL 420 Philosophy of Education PSY 206 Child Development PSY 330 Educational Psychology Two science electives Science electives (8 credits)
*ED 205: Under development
Last Updated: 06/07/2017
Tracks & Minors
Tracks and Minors
A minor in middle school education: liberal arts and technology is not available.
Last Updated: 06/07/2017
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What Can You Do With This Degree?
Our Middle School Education program is the state's first teacher preparation program designed specifically for middle school education. The program prepares students for a successful career and gives them the knowledge to meet the unique needs of students in the middle school age group.
Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.