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  Jul 22, 2017
 
ARCHIVED 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Middle Grades Education, B.S.ED.


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 Total number of hours for program: 120

(Depending on the concentrations selected as well as the hours taken in the major that also count for Liberal Studies).

Admission to the Middle Grades Education Program

Students seeking admission to the Middle Grades Education Program must declare their major, declare their academic concentrations and earn and maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA before being admitted. In order to be admitted students must complete an application for admission in EDCI 201 and achieve minimum required scores in Reading, Writing and Mathematics on PRAXIS I. Students will also complete a personality trait survey in EDCI 201 which will be viewed prior to admission (See Admission to Teacher Education Program). Students admitted to the program must maintain a 2.75 GPA or better to continue in the program. Middle Grades education majors must earn a grade of C or better in all required courses (including SAC courses). This C or better requirement includes EDCI 201, ENGL 101, 202 and MATH 322. If a student scores below a C on any course in the professional education sequence or within the major twice, the student is withdrawn from teacher education. If a student’s overall GPA falls below 2.75 the student will be removed from the program and must improve their GPA and reapply for admission. If a student receives an F in any course in the professional education sequence or major, the student must retake the course when it is offered and earn a grade of C or better. If a student does not successfully complete internship they may be withdrawn from the program and will be ineligible for licensure.

Admission to the Professional Education Sequence in Middle Grades Education

Students in the Professional Education must be admitted to the Teacher Education Sequence and are subject to all of the teacher education requirements. EDCI 201 is the only course in the professional education sequence that may be taken prior to admission to teacher education. The middle grades professional education sequence includes: EDCI 201, PSY 323, SPED 339, ELMG 484, ELMG 485 and ELMG 495.

Continuation in the Middle Grades Education Program

The requirements for continuing in the program are (1) a GPA of at least 2.75 on hours attempted (2) behaviors and dispositions which adhere to the code of ethics of the profession and (3) satisfactory participation and completion in the required professional field experiences which are a prerequisites to internship. An evaluation of each field experience assignment will become a part of the teacher candidate’s professional record. Any dismissal from a field experience or internship will automatically result in a grade lower than a C and will make the teacher candidate ineligible for licensure.

Liberal Studies Hours: 42


Liberal Studies Program Requirements 

Major in Middle Grades Education BSED Degree


  • Liberal Studies (42 hours including 3 hours of Freshman Seminar)
  • Middle Grades Concentration: Must complete 2 academic concentrations consisting of 24 to 25 hours from the four concentrations of  Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts

Two concentrations from the options below:


Each concentration area must have a minimum of 24 hours in the discipline area and must include at least one “methods” course in the area. 

NOTE: Science concentration has 25 hours, including the methods course.

Language Arts: 24 hours


Students with an academic concentration for Middle Grades Language Arts must take the following courses:

Select:


The remaining 3 hours of course work from any 200 level and above ENGL literature course.  The following list of courses represent current and appropriate “200 level and above ENGL literature courses:”

Select one of the following:


Social Studies: 24 hours


South America and Europe


Select two from the following:

Africa, Asia, and Australia


Select two from the following:

Additional requirements:


No grade lower than C on all program requirements, including all courses with prefix of: EDMG, ELMG, EDRD, and courses in the middle grades areas of licensure will be accepted for graduation.

Visit the department’s website at http://www.wcu.edu/5406.asp to view the 8 semester curriculum guide.

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