Middle Level Education

Middle Level Education

The major in Middle Level Education (EDMS) is a field-oriented program designed to prepare you to teach students in grades five (5) through eight (8) in two different content areas.

As a Middle Level Education major, you may begin taking some of your courses in your sophomore year (see suggested course sequence). However, the majority of your courses in this major will be completed in your junior and senior years, with student teaching in the final semester of your senior year.

The courses are structured so that you work with a cohort of peers throughout your program. You also learn about the growth and development of young adolescents at the same time as you work with them in local schools. In this way, you have the opportunity to observe, practice, discuss, and reflect on the knowledge and methods you are learning in your courses.

We hope you consider this valuable and rewarding career in education. For more information, please contact Dr. Tom Wacker at tdwacker@presby.edu.

Requirements for the Major

Students who wish to teach at the middle school level will earn a B.S. in Middle School Education with a concentration in two of the following areas: language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies. A common core of professional courses totaling forty-three hours is required of all students, and includes EDUC 201, 350, 371, 391, 392, 393, and 440; EDMS 341, 342, 394, 410, 411, and 412; PSYC 201, 213, and 303. Additional professional courses and courses specific for each area of concentration are listed below.

  • Concentration in Language Arts: Students completing a concentration in language arts must complete seventeen additional hours, including EDMS 400; ENGL 219 and 313; three hours chosen from ENGL 201, 202, 203, 206, 207, or 209; three hours from ART/ENGL 300, ENGL/FILM 323, or ENGL/FILM 210; and three hours from ENGL 322, ENGL 324, ENGL 334, ENGL 338, ENGL/FILM 341, ENGL/FILM 343, ENGL 345, or ENGL 347.
  • Concentration in Mathematics: Students completing a concentration in mathematics must complete twenty additional hours, including EDMS 403 and MATH 201, 202, 210, 221, 308, and 309. It is crucial that prospective middle school education majors planning a concentration in math take MATH 201 and MATH 221 no later than their sophomore year.
  • Concentration in Science: Students seeking a concentration in science must complete twenty-two additional hours, including EDMS 402; BIOL 105-105L and 106-106L; CHEM 101-101L; PHYS 121-121L and 211.
  • Concentration in Social Studies: Students seeking a concentration in social studies must complete fourteen additional hours, including EDMS 401; GEOG 301 or 302; HIST 2200 and 2201; and PLSC 201 or 202.

Course Sequence and Major Cards