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The Middle Level Education, 6-8, program specializes in preparing future educators for teaching middle school learners. Students choose a subject focus area from a selection of content areas: English, Math, Social Studies, or Science. Students become knowledgeable and skilled in their content area while also learning instructional and assessment strategies, classroom management, and other relevant topics and practices. Students in this initial teacher licensure program develop personal and professional skills that foster a love of learning and teaching for years to come.


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Cohort Model

Cohort Model

Having peers and colleagues who know and support you can make learning to be a teacher more enjoyable. The Middle Level Education, 6-8, program is designed to be a cohort program in which classes are offered during specific semesters. Students who enroll in the program at similar times take most of their major courses in the Department at the same time. Therefore, they get to know one another and create a supportive network. This network allows students to learn and grow in a collaborative, safe environment that allows mistakes, encourages reflection, and promotes professional learning.

Teaching Middle School Isn’t Easy!

Teaching Middle School Isn’t Easy!

In order to ensure Middle Level Education, 6-8, students are ready to teach when they graduate, they are provided with field experiences throughout their program. These field experiences provide opportunities for students to observe and work side by side with mentor middle school teachers. Students plan and teach learning experiences while being supported by their instructors and mentor teachers. They also observe and participate in data sharing and team meetings. As they move through the program, the field experiences increase in time, rigor, and responsibility.


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Individuals trained to teach bring a desirable range of expertise and creativity to planning and administrative roles. Graduates completing their teacher preparation at MTSU are found in public and private school classrooms throughout Tennessee and in many other states. In addition to classroom teaching, other career options include

  • Agency and administrative work
  • Community and foundation work
  • Consulting, professional development, and teacher training
  • Education policy development
  • Education marketing and research
  • Higher education teaching and administration
  • Private tutoring

Among the employers of MTSU alumni are

  • Anderson County Schools
  • Bedford County Schools
  • Cannon County Schools
  • Carroll County Schools
  • Cheatham Co Schools
  • Coffee County Schools
  • Collierville Christian Academy
  • Crockett County Schools
  • Cumberland County Schools
  • DeKalb County Schools
  • Dickson County Schools
  • Dyer County Schools
  • Fayette County Schools
  • Fayetteville City Schools
  • Franklin Special School District
  • Giles County Schools
  • Grundy County Schools
  • Hamilton County Schools
  • Hardeman County Schools
  • Hickman County Schools
  • Kids Connection
  • Knox County Schools
  • Lawrence County Schools
  • Lebanon Special School District
  • Lewis County Schools
  • Lincoln County Schools
  • Macon County Schools
  • Madison County Schools
  • Manchester City Schools
  • Marion County Schools
  • Marshall County Schools
  • Maury County Schools
  • McNairy County Schools
  • Memphis and Shelby County Schools
  • Metro Action Commission, Nashville
  • Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
  • Middle Tennessee Christian School, Murfreesboro
  • Montgomery County Schools
  • Moore County Schools
  • Murfreesboro City Schools
  • Perry County Schools
  • Providence Christian Academy, Murfreesboro
  • Robertson County Schools
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Sequatchie County Schools
  • Sumner County Schools
  • The Webb School, Bell Buckle
  • Trousdale County Schools
  • Tullahoma City Schools,
  • Warren County Schools
  • Wayne County Schools
  • White County Schools
  • Williamson County Schools
  • Wilson County Schools

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

Students wishing to teach children (grades 6-8) will earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a Major in Middle Level Education, Social Studies

Students wishing to teach children (grades 6-8)) will earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a Major in Middle Level Education, English

Students wishing to teach children (grades 6-8) will earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a Major in Middle Level Education, Math

Students wishing to teach children (grades 6-8) will earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a Major in Middle Level Education, Science

View more information about admission to the Teacher Education Program!

Other programs in the department

Undergraduate
Other undergraduate majors offered in the Department of Elementary and Special Education and leading to a B.S. include Early Childhood Education (grades Prek-3), Elementary Educationand Special Education. Those majoring in Special Education may choose from the comprehensive program, K-12 (for individuals with severe/profound disabilities), or the K-8  or 6-12 interventionist program (for individuals with mild/moderate disabilities).

An undergraduate minor in Special Education is available.

Graduate
Graduate degrees available through the Department of Elementary and Special Education include the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree with programs of study in Special Education, with two concentrations Mildly/Moderately Disabled and Severely/Profoundly Disabled, Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Elementary School Education or Initial Licensure Specialization, and Literacy.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Literacy Studies and the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Assessment, Learning, and Student Success are available in the College of Education.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

The Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) College of Education’s teacher licensure preparation programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and are eligible for accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a Major in Middle Level Education program at MTSU is designed to meet the licensure requirements set by the Tennessee Department of Education. Students should be aware that licensure requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change. MTSU has not made a determination whether a specific program will meet all of the requirements of another US state or territory. MTSU recommends that students who plan to seek licensure outside the state of Tennessee contact the appropriate licensing agency and discuss their plans with their advisor. To obtain current information about each state’s and territory’s licensure requirements and any additional regulations, students should consult the US Department of Education’s website for state contacts at https://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/state/index.html.

Graduates of MTSU teacher education programs certified to teach in Tennessee are eligible for certification reciprocity in many states. Reciprocity is not an automatic or complete transfer of certification, thus individuals should consult the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) site at https://www.tn.gov/education/licensing.html and the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) site at https://www.nasdtec.net/page/Interstate as well as the US Department of Education state contacts site for information about any additional state requirements.

Middle Level Education (Grades 6–8, English)

Middle Level Education (Grades 6-8, English), B.S.

Elementary and Special Education 
615-898-2680
Stacy Fields, program coordinator
Stacy.Fields@mtsu.edu

The major in Middle Level Education, grades 6-8, is designed to prepare teachers for middle schools. It requires General Education, major, professional education, and residency courses.

This program leads to initial teacher licensure in middle level education (grades 6-8).

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Middle Level Education (Grades 6-8, English), B.S., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education41 hours
Major Requirements36 hours
Professional Education43 hours
TOTAL120 hours

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

Major Requirements (36 hours)

  • ENGL 3007 - Writing and the Literary Imagination

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 2020 or ENGL 2030. Focuses on the relationship between literature, the imagination and culture, Uses different types of writing and reading to develop students' ability to think critically about literature. Required of English minors.

  • ENGL 3510 - English Grammar and Usage for Educators

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Introduction to English grammar and usage, English varieties, and grammatical analysis. Fulfills the grammar and usage requirement for English majors seeking teacher licensure.  

  • ENGL 3740 - Children's Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. A survey of literature for children based on wide reading in the field.

  • ENGL 3745 - Literature for Adolescents

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Surveys literature for adolescents, historical and contemporary; analysis of contemporary issues in the field. Required for English majors seeking teacher licensure.

  • ENGL 3755 - Folk/Fairy Tales, Legends, Myths, Ancient Stories

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Introduces folk/fairy tales, myths, epics, legends, and verse from a variety of languages, cultures, ethnic groups, and historical periods.

  • ENGL 4605 - Advanced Composition

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of  1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better, and ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B- or better. Approaches to various writing problems posed in advanced university studies and nontechnical professions: essays, proposals, critical reviews, analyses.

  • READ 4035 - Language and Literacy in the Middle Grades

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education. Introduces various strategies and techniques for teaching and assessing literacy in the middle school.

 

  • READ 3340 - Teaching Reading in the Secondary School  3 credit hours  
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    READ 3340 - Teaching Reading in the Secondary School

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education. Materials, methods, and techniques for teaching reading at the secondary level, including clinical laboratory experiences. Designed for teachers of language arts.

  • ENGL 4500 - Methods of Teaching Secondary English

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better; YOED 3000 or YOED 3500 or equivalent and permission of department. An intensive study of both grammar and composition for the teacher, the writer, and the editor: writing, analyzing, and judging composition. Required for English majors seeking teacher licensure.

 

  • ENGL 3505 - Writing Workshop Methodologies  3 credit hours  
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    ENGL 3505 - Writing Workshop Methodologies

    3 credit hours

    Introduces the methodologies of the writing workshop method with an emphasis on applications in a English/Language Arts (ELA) classroom setting.

  • ENGL 3570 - Introduction to Linguistics  3 credit hours  
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    ENGL 3570 - Introduction to Linguistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Anatomy of sound production, levels of structure in language: phonological (sound), morphological (meaningful segments), syntactic (interrelation of words in a sentence). Various meanings of language.

  • ENGL 3605 - Applied Writing  3 credit hours  
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    ENGL 3605 - Applied Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 with C- or better. Develops reading and writing strategies for examining individual writing processes and solving writing problems posed in university studies across the disciplines: essays, reports, reviews, analyses, memos, proposals. May not be used toward the English major, English minor, or Writing minor.

  • ENGL 4510 - Modern English Grammar and Usage  3 credit hours  
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    ENGL 4510 - Modern English Grammar and Usage

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Traditional English grammar and the principles upon which grammatical analysis is based. Satisfies teacher licensure grammar requirement.

  • ENGL 4570 - Special Topics in Linguistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C-  or better; ANTH 3410, PSY 4820, or CDIS 3250 with C or better. Selected topic in theoretical linguistics. Content varies from semester to semester. May be repeated under a different subtitle.

 

Choose 6 credit hours from the following:

  • ENGL 3030 - American Literature: Colonial Era to the Present

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 or ENGL 3007 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of American literature from colonial times to the present. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3330 - Southern Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Early and modern Southern writers. Emphasis on the period 1920-present.

  • ENGL 3340 - African American Literature

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 3340 and AST 3340.) Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Defines and traces the development and transformations of the African American literary tradition. Emphasis on analysis of historical, literary, philosophical, and cultural contexts.

  • ENGL 3360 - Multicultural Literature of the United States

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Writers, genres, and criticism in Native American, African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American literatures.

  • ENGL 3725 - Nineteenth-Century Women Writers

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Examines works by British and American writers in the context of a female literary tradition. Writers studied may include Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Emily Brontë, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, Christina Rossetti, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Emily Dickinson.

  • ENGL 3730 - Twentieth-Century Women Writers

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Literature of major women writers of the period. Divided by genre and primarily includes the fiction, poetry, and drama of British and American women.

  • ENGL 3735 - Black Women as Writers

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. A survey of black women's literary expressions and the historical and sociocultural factors that shape these women's artistic sensibilities and thematic concerns. Emphasis will be given to U.S. women writers.

  • ENGL 3760 - Introduction to Folklore

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C-  or better. Traditional lore and culture (literature, ballads, beliefs, materials) with primary attention to the American scene.

  • ENGL 4540 - Second Language Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C-  or better. Background and basic methods needed to teach English grammar and composition to students for whom English is a second language. Emphasizes understanding of problems that non-native speakers face and develops techniques for helping non-native speakers express themselves in written English.

Professional Education (31 hours)

  • EESE 1010 - Teachers as Problem Solvers

    2 credit hours

    Introduces teaching as a profession using problem-based learning, educational case problems, and collaborative learning teams. Five hours field experience.

  • EESE 1011 - Creating Differentiated Instruction

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: EESE 1010; cannot be taken concurrently with EESE 1010. Content provides knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with effective teaching and learning. Incorporates five hours field experience.

  • MLED 2000 - Characteristics of the Middle Level Learner

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: EESE 1010 and EESE 1011. Reflects on the early adolescent learner while focusing on the student-centered school environment and a well-balanced curriculum.

  • MLED 3100 - Experiencing Middle Level Education I

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisites: EESE 1010 and EESE 1011. Field-based course introduces students to middle level schools and environments. Students will be immersed in the structures and philosophy of middle level education.

  • MLED 3110 - Experiencing Middle Level Education II

    2 credit hours

    Corequisite: MLED 4000. Field-based course which builds upon experiences begun in MLED 3100. Students will implement content pedagogical strategies into middle level placements.

  • MLED 4000 - Methods of Teaching Middle Level Learners

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. Corequisite: MLED 3110. Focuses on curriculum integration as well as methods identified as best practice in middle level education. Includes a field experience.

  • SPED 3010 - Characteristics and Teaching of Learners with Exceptionalities

    3 credit hours

    An introduction to the exceptional learner. Examines the history, principles, and legal requirements as well as the diverse characteristics and learning styles of exceptional learners. Discusses differentiated teaching strategies in both inclusive and skill-based environments. Multicultural diversity, normalization, and integration addressed. (Required for all individuals who major in Special Education-Interventionist K-8, Special Education-Comprehensive, and Interdisciplinary Studies for state licensure; and students seeking a minor in Special Education.

  • MLED 3300 - Instructional Technology in Middle Level Education

    3 credit hours

    Examines rationales, methods, and technology practices related to adolescents in grades 6-8. Each teacher candidate will use digital tools to explore, communicate, collaborate, and learn from the rich and varied resources available.

  • MLED 4200 - Assessing the Middle Level Learner

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. The integration of middle level content with classroom and standardized assessments to enable the planning, design, and implementation of assessment driven instruction.

  • MLED 4340 - Managing Middle Level Learning Environments

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. Introduces middle level teacher candidates to classroom and instructional strategies that are effective in building, adjusting, and maintaining an effective classroom learning environment.

  • MLED 4350 - Theory to Practice in Middle Level Education

    6 credit hours

    Strategies and techniques of guiding the learning of middle level students. The development and use of materials in the middle school classroom with emphasis on explanation and experimentation. Majority of the course is field work with accompanying seminars.

Student Teaching (12 hours)

  • MLED 4995 - Directed Teaching in Middle Level Education

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of all coursework. Supervised experience requires full-day placement in a middle level school setting. Extended teaching and evaluation of teacher candidate preparation for teaching is required. Admission requirements for Residency II, including completion of all program coursework, must be met for enrollment.

Recommended Curriculum: Middle Level Education (Grades 6-8, English)

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  
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    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing  3 credit hours  
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    ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • EESE 1010 - Teachers as Problem Solvers

    2 credit hours

    Introduces teaching as a profession using problem-based learning, educational case problems, and collaborative learning teams. Five hours field experience.

  • EESE 1011 - Creating Differentiated Instruction

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: EESE 1010; cannot be taken concurrently with EESE 1010. Content provides knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with effective teaching and learning. Incorporates five hours field experience.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (2 rubrics) 6 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 8 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  
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    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  
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    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation  3 credit hours  
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    HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  
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    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • ENGL 3510 - English Grammar and Usage for Educators

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Introduction to English grammar and usage, English varieties, and grammatical analysis. Fulfills the grammar and usage requirement for English majors seeking teacher licensure.  

  • ENGL 3740 - Children's Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. A survey of literature for children based on wide reading in the field.

  • ENGL 3007 - Writing and the Literary Imagination

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 2020 or ENGL 2030. Focuses on the relationship between literature, the imagination and culture, Uses different types of writing and reading to develop students' ability to think critically about literature. Required of English minors.

  • MLED 2000 - Characteristics of the Middle Level Learner

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: EESE 1010 and EESE 1011. Reflects on the early adolescent learner while focusing on the student-centered school environment and a well-balanced curriculum.

  • ENGL 3505 - Writing Workshop Methodologies  3 credit hours  
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    ENGL 3505 - Writing Workshop Methodologies

    3 credit hours

    Introduces the methodologies of the writing workshop method with an emphasis on applications in a English/Language Arts (ELA) classroom setting.

  • ENGL 3570 - Introduction to Linguistics  3 credit hours  
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    ENGL 3570 - Introduction to Linguistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Anatomy of sound production, levels of structure in language: phonological (sound), morphological (meaningful segments), syntactic (interrelation of words in a sentence). Various meanings of language.

  • ENGL 3605 - Applied Writing  3 credit hours  
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    ENGL 3605 - Applied Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 with C- or better. Develops reading and writing strategies for examining individual writing processes and solving writing problems posed in university studies across the disciplines: essays, reports, reviews, analyses, memos, proposals. May not be used toward the English major, English minor, or Writing minor.

  • ENGL 4510 - Modern English Grammar and Usage  3 credit hours  
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    ENGL 4510 - Modern English Grammar and Usage

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Traditional English grammar and the principles upon which grammatical analysis is based. Satisfies teacher licensure grammar requirement.

  • ENGL 4570 - Special Topics in Linguistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C-  or better; ANTH 3410, PSY 4820, or CDIS 3250 with C or better. Selected topic in theoretical linguistics. Content varies from semester to semester. May be repeated under a different subtitle.

 

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Junior

 

  • ENGL 3745 - Literature for Adolescents

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Surveys literature for adolescents, historical and contemporary; analysis of contemporary issues in the field. Required for English majors seeking teacher licensure.

  • ENGL 3755 - Folk/Fairy Tales, Legends, Myths, Ancient Stories

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Introduces folk/fairy tales, myths, epics, legends, and verse from a variety of languages, cultures, ethnic groups, and historical periods.

  • SPED 3010 - Characteristics and Teaching of Learners with Exceptionalities

    3 credit hours

    An introduction to the exceptional learner. Examines the history, principles, and legal requirements as well as the diverse characteristics and learning styles of exceptional learners. Discusses differentiated teaching strategies in both inclusive and skill-based environments. Multicultural diversity, normalization, and integration addressed. (Required for all individuals who major in Special Education-Interventionist K-8, Special Education-Comprehensive, and Interdisciplinary Studies for state licensure; and students seeking a minor in Special Education.

  • READ 4035 - Language and Literacy in the Middle Grades

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education. Introduces various strategies and techniques for teaching and assessing literacy in the middle school.

  • MLED 3100 - Experiencing Middle Level Education I

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisites: EESE 1010 and EESE 1011. Field-based course introduces students to middle level schools and environments. Students will be immersed in the structures and philosophy of middle level education.

  • MLED 3110 - Experiencing Middle Level Education II

    2 credit hours

    Corequisite: MLED 4000. Field-based course which builds upon experiences begun in MLED 3100. Students will implement content pedagogical strategies into middle level placements.

  • MLED 4000 - Methods of Teaching Middle Level Learners

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. Corequisite: MLED 3110. Focuses on curriculum integration as well as methods identified as best practice in middle level education. Includes a field experience.

  • ENGL 4605 - Advanced Composition

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of  1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better, and ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B- or better. Approaches to various writing problems posed in advanced university studies and nontechnical professions: essays, proposals, critical reviews, analyses.

  • READ 3340 - Teaching Reading in the Secondary School  3 credit hours  
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    READ 3340 - Teaching Reading in the Secondary School

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education. Materials, methods, and techniques for teaching reading at the secondary level, including clinical laboratory experiences. Designed for teachers of language arts.

  • ENGL 4500 - Methods of Teaching Secondary English

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better; YOED 3000 or YOED 3500 or equivalent and permission of department. An intensive study of both grammar and composition for the teacher, the writer, and the editor: writing, analyzing, and judging composition. Required for English majors seeking teacher licensure.

 

Choose 6 credit hours from the following:

  • ENGL 3030 - American Literature: Colonial Era to the Present

    3 credit hours

    Open only to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 3000 or ENGL 3007 with a grade of C- or better. Building on knowledge acquired in ENGL 3000, applies the procedures and practices of literary study to the study of American literature from colonial times to the present. Emphasis on the literary tradition, genres, major figures, and relevant critical and theoretical approaches. Required for English majors.

  • ENGL 3300 - Native American Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Introduces oral and written literature of native America in its cultural, historical, and aesthetic contexts, with special emphasis on fiction, poetry, and autobiography.

  • ENGL 3330 - Southern Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Early and modern Southern writers. Emphasis on the period 1920-present.

  • ENGL 3340 - African American Literature

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 3340 and AST 3340.) Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Defines and traces the development and transformations of the African American literary tradition. Emphasis on analysis of historical, literary, philosophical, and cultural contexts.

  • ENGL 3360 - Multicultural Literature of the United States

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Writers, genres, and criticism in Native American, African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American literatures.

  • ENGL 3725 - Nineteenth-Century Women Writers

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Examines works by British and American writers in the context of a female literary tradition. Writers studied may include Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Emily Brontë, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, Christina Rossetti, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Emily Dickinson.

  • ENGL 3730 - Twentieth-Century Women Writers

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Literature of major women writers of the period. Divided by genre and primarily includes the fiction, poetry, and drama of British and American women.

  • ENGL 3760 - Introduction to Folklore

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C-  or better. Traditional lore and culture (literature, ballads, beliefs, materials) with primary attention to the American scene.

  • ENGL 4540 - Second Language Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C-  or better. Background and basic methods needed to teach English grammar and composition to students for whom English is a second language. Emphasizes understanding of problems that non-native speakers face and develops techniques for helping non-native speakers express themselves in written English.

Subtotal: 33 Hours

Senior

 

  • MLED 3300 - Instructional Technology in Middle Level Education

    3 credit hours

    Examines rationales, methods, and technology practices related to adolescents in grades 6-8. Each teacher candidate will use digital tools to explore, communicate, collaborate, and learn from the rich and varied resources available.

  • MLED 4200 - Assessing the Middle Level Learner

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. The integration of middle level content with classroom and standardized assessments to enable the planning, design, and implementation of assessment driven instruction.

  • MLED 4340 - Managing Middle Level Learning Environments

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. Introduces middle level teacher candidates to classroom and instructional strategies that are effective in building, adjusting, and maintaining an effective classroom learning environment.

  • MLED 4350 - Theory to Practice in Middle Level Education

    6 credit hours

    Strategies and techniques of guiding the learning of middle level students. The development and use of materials in the middle school classroom with emphasis on explanation and experimentation. Majority of the course is field work with accompanying seminars.

  • MLED 4995 - Directed Teaching in Middle Level Education

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of all coursework. Supervised experience requires full-day placement in a middle level school setting. Extended teaching and evaluation of teacher candidate preparation for teaching is required. Admission requirements for Residency II, including completion of all program coursework, must be met for enrollment.

Subtotal: 27 Hours

Middle Level Education (Grades 6–8, Math)

Middle Level Education (Grades 6-8, Math), B.S.

Elementary and Special Education 
615-898-2680
Stacy Fields, program coordinator
Stacy.Fields@mtsu.edu
 

The major in Middle Level Education, grades 6-8, is designed to prepare teachers for middle schools. It requires General Education, major, professional education, and residency courses.

This program leads to initial teacher licensure in middle level education (grades 6-8).

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Middle Level Education (Grades 6-8, Math), B.S., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education41 hours
Major Requirements42 hours*
Professional Education43 hours
TOTAL120-126 hours

*This program requires courses that can also fulfill requirements of the General Education curriculum. If courses for this program are also used to fulfill General Education requirements, the program of study may be completed in 120 hours.

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

The following courses required by the program meet General Education requirements:

Major Requirements (42 hours)

  • EXL 3010 - Service Learning Practicum  1 to 3 credit hours  
    (1 credit hour)(1 credit hour required)  dotslash:(1 credit hour required) title:(1 credit hour) 
    (1 credit hour required) 

    EXL 3010 - Service Learning Practicum

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Opportunity to take part in service-learning projects with community partners. Pass/Fail. (May be repeated for a total of up to six credits.)

  • MATH 1410 - Concepts and Structure of Elementary School Mathematics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT of at least 19 or DSPM 0850 or COMPASS placement. Algebra-based study of school mathematics in keeping with the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Tools for problem solving, set theory, functions, number theory, and examinations of number systems from counting numbers to irrational numbers. TBR Common Course: MATH 1410

  • MATH 1420 - Informal Geometry

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in MATH 1410. Geometry-based study of school mathematics in keeping with the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Studies of plane, solid, coordinate, and motion geometry as well as constructions, congruence, similarity, and concepts of measurement. A variety of instructional technology tools investigated. TBR Common Course: MATH 1420

  • MATH 1530 - Applied Statistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT 19 or greater or equivalent. Descriptive statistics, probability, and statistical inference. The inference unit covers means, proportions, and variances for one and two samples, and topics from one-way ANOVA, regression and correlation analysis, chi-square analysis, and nonparametrics. TBR Common Course: MATH 1530

  • MATH 1710 - College Algebra  3 credit hours  
    (may be counted)(may be counted in General Education)  dotslash:(may be counted in General Education) title:(may be counted) 
    (may be counted in General Education) 

    MATH 1710 - College Algebra

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: DSPM 0850 or two years of high school algebra; a Math Enhanced ACT 19 or greater or COMPASS placement. Course satisfies the General Education Mathematics requirement. Topics include functions--linear, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic; analysis of graphs; linear systems; inequalities; counting principles; and probability. Graphing calculator required. Course may be taken by correspondence. Not open to those who have had MATH 1730. TBR Common Course: MATH 1710

  • MATH 1730 - Pre-Calculus  4 credit hours  

    MATH 1730 - Pre-Calculus

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710 or successful completion of high school precalculus course. An integrated and rigorous study of the algebra and trigonometry needed to successfully attempt calculus. Emphasis on functions, their analysis and their applications. Level of algebraic sophistication developed above that found in MATH 1710. Topics include exponentials and logarithms, analysis of graphs, and word problems. Graphing calculator required. TBR Common Course: MATH 1730

  • MATH 1910 - Calculus I  4 credit hours  

    MATH 1910 - Calculus I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1730 with a grade of C or better or Math ACT of 26 or better or satisfactory score on Calculus placement test. An introduction to calculus with an emphasis on analysis of functions, multidisciplinary applications of calculus, and theoretical understanding of differentiation and integration. Topics include the definition of the derivative, differentiation techniques, and applications of the derivative. Calculus topics related to trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions also included. Course concludes with the fundamental theorem of calculus; the definition of antidifferentiation and the definite integral; basic applications of integrations; and introductory techniques of integration. Graphing calculator required. TBR Common Course: MATH 1910

  • MATH 3320 - Teaching Mathematics in the Middle Grades

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the teacher education program. Required of all Mathematics majors seeking a license to teach mathematics in grades 6-12 and all Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 6-8) Math majors. In-depth study of mathematics learning and teaching strategies in middle school mathematics. Selected topics provide a foundation for student investigations into the conceptual nature of mathematics and applications in the middle school curriculum. Must be taken prior to student teaching.

  • MATH 4010 - Selected Topics in Elementary Mathematics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MATH 1410, MATH 1420, and MATH 1730. Required of students who are preparing to teach grades 5-8. Examines in greater depth topics to which the student has prior exposure; emphasizes the relevance and implications of these topics to the middle school classroom.

  • READ 4035 - Language and Literacy in the Middle Grades

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education. Introduces various strategies and techniques for teaching and assessing literacy in the middle school.

  • MATH 3340 - Statistics and Probability for Teaching

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1530 or MATH 2050 with a C or better. Supports the development of prospective middle grades and secondary teachers' knowledge of statistics and probability. Examines in greater depth statistics and probability topics to which the student has prior exposure; emphasizes the relevance and implications of these topics to the middle school and secondary classrooms. Attention will be given to exploratory data analysis, probability, statistical association, and simulation-based inference.

 

  • MATH 3330 - Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary Grades  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    MATH 3330 - Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary Grades

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education, completion of the mathematics core, and MATH 3320. Required of all Mathematics majors seeking a license to teach mathematics in grades 6-12 and all Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 6-8) Math majors. In-depth study of mathematics learning and teaching strategies in secondary school mathematics. Selected topics provide a foundation for student investigations into the conceptual nature of mathematics and applications in the secondary school curriculum. Must be taken prior to student teaching.

  • ELED 3150 - Mathematics Methodology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; General Education math; MATH 1410 and MATH 1420. Offers preparation to pre-service elementary and middle school teachers for teaching mathematics. Field-based experiences required.

 

  • ECON 2410 - Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ECON 2410 - Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of national income and its fluctuations, inflation, unemployment, role of the banking system, monetary and fiscal policies, and international topics.

  • ECON 2420 - Principles of Economics, Microeconomics  3 credit hours  
    (may be counted)(may be counted in General Education)  dotslash:(may be counted in General Education) title:(may be counted) 
    (may be counted in General Education) 

    ECON 2420 - Principles of Economics, Microeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of consumer and firm behavior; the pricing of goods, services, and productive factors; international topics; and an overview of the American economy.

Professional Education (31 hours)

  • EESE 1010 - Teachers as Problem Solvers

    2 credit hours

    Introduces teaching as a profession using problem-based learning, educational case problems, and collaborative learning teams. Five hours field experience.

  • EESE 1011 - Creating Differentiated Instruction

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: EESE 1010; cannot be taken concurrently with EESE 1010. Content provides knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with effective teaching and learning. Incorporates five hours field experience.

  • MLED 2000 - Characteristics of the Middle Level Learner

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: EESE 1010 and EESE 1011. Reflects on the early adolescent learner while focusing on the student-centered school environment and a well-balanced curriculum.

  • MLED 3100 - Experiencing Middle Level Education I

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisites: EESE 1010 and EESE 1011. Field-based course introduces students to middle level schools and environments. Students will be immersed in the structures and philosophy of middle level education.

  • MLED 3110 - Experiencing Middle Level Education II

    2 credit hours

    Corequisite: MLED 4000. Field-based course which builds upon experiences begun in MLED 3100. Students will implement content pedagogical strategies into middle level placements.

  • MLED 4000 - Methods of Teaching Middle Level Learners

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. Corequisite: MLED 3110. Focuses on curriculum integration as well as methods identified as best practice in middle level education. Includes a field experience.

  • MLED 3300 - Instructional Technology in Middle Level Education

    3 credit hours

    Examines rationales, methods, and technology practices related to adolescents in grades 6-8. Each teacher candidate will use digital tools to explore, communicate, collaborate, and learn from the rich and varied resources available.

  • MLED 4200 - Assessing the Middle Level Learner

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. The integration of middle level content with classroom and standardized assessments to enable the planning, design, and implementation of assessment driven instruction.

  • MLED 4340 - Managing Middle Level Learning Environments

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. Introduces middle level teacher candidates to classroom and instructional strategies that are effective in building, adjusting, and maintaining an effective classroom learning environment.

  • MLED 4350 - Theory to Practice in Middle Level Education

    6 credit hours

    Strategies and techniques of guiding the learning of middle level students. The development and use of materials in the middle school classroom with emphasis on explanation and experimentation. Majority of the course is field work with accompanying seminars.

  • SPED 3010 - Characteristics and Teaching of Learners with Exceptionalities

    3 credit hours

    An introduction to the exceptional learner. Examines the history, principles, and legal requirements as well as the diverse characteristics and learning styles of exceptional learners. Discusses differentiated teaching strategies in both inclusive and skill-based environments. Multicultural diversity, normalization, and integration addressed. (Required for all individuals who major in Special Education-Interventionist K-8, Special Education-Comprehensive, and Interdisciplinary Studies for state licensure; and students seeking a minor in Special Education.

Student Teaching (12 hours)

  • MLED 4995 - Directed Teaching in Middle Level Education

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of all coursework. Supervised experience requires full-day placement in a middle level school setting. Extended teaching and evaluation of teacher candidate preparation for teaching is required. Admission requirements for Residency II, including completion of all program coursework, must be met for enrollment.

Curriculum: Middle Level Education (Grades 6-8, Math)

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • MATH 1410 - Concepts and Structure of Elementary School Mathematics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT of at least 19 or DSPM 0850 or COMPASS placement. Algebra-based study of school mathematics in keeping with the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Tools for problem solving, set theory, functions, number theory, and examinations of number systems from counting numbers to irrational numbers. TBR Common Course: MATH 1410

  • MATH 1420 - Informal Geometry

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in MATH 1410. Geometry-based study of school mathematics in keeping with the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Studies of plane, solid, coordinate, and motion geometry as well as constructions, congruence, similarity, and concepts of measurement. A variety of instructional technology tools investigated. TBR Common Course: MATH 1420

  • MATH 1710 - College Algebra  3 credit hours  
    (Math)(Math)  dotslash:(Math) title:(Math) 
    (Math) 

    MATH 1710 - College Algebra

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: DSPM 0850 or two years of high school algebra; a Math Enhanced ACT 19 or greater or COMPASS placement. Course satisfies the General Education Mathematics requirement. Topics include functions--linear, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic; analysis of graphs; linear systems; inequalities; counting principles; and probability. Graphing calculator required. Course may be taken by correspondence. Not open to those who have had MATH 1730. TBR Common Course: MATH 1710

  • MATH 1730 - Pre-Calculus  4 credit hours  

    MATH 1730 - Pre-Calculus

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710 or successful completion of high school precalculus course. An integrated and rigorous study of the algebra and trigonometry needed to successfully attempt calculus. Emphasis on functions, their analysis and their applications. Level of algebraic sophistication developed above that found in MATH 1710. Topics include exponentials and logarithms, analysis of graphs, and word problems. Graphing calculator required. TBR Common Course: MATH 1730

  • EESE 1010 - Teachers as Problem Solvers

    2 credit hours

    Introduces teaching as a profession using problem-based learning, educational case problems, and collaborative learning teams. Five hours field experience.

  • EESE 1011 - Creating Differentiated Instruction

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: EESE 1010; cannot be taken concurrently with EESE 1010. Content provides knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with effective teaching and learning. Incorporates five hours field experience.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Natural Science (BIOL 1030/1031 or PSCI 1030/1031 recommended) 4 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (PSY 1410 recommended) 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 33 Hours

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA)(Hum/FA)  dotslash:(Hum/FA) title:(Hum/FA) 
    (Hum/FA) 
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA)(Hum/FA)  dotslash:(Hum/FA) title:(Hum/FA) 
    (Hum/FA) 
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA)(Hum/FA)  dotslash:(Hum/FA) title:(Hum/FA) 
    (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • MATH 1530 - Applied Statistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT 19 or greater or equivalent. Descriptive statistics, probability, and statistical inference. The inference unit covers means, proportions, and variances for one and two samples, and topics from one-way ANOVA, regression and correlation analysis, chi-square analysis, and nonparametrics. TBR Common Course: MATH 1530

  • MATH 1910 - Calculus I  4 credit hours  

    MATH 1910 - Calculus I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1730 with a grade of C or better or Math ACT of 26 or better or satisfactory score on Calculus placement test. An introduction to calculus with an emphasis on analysis of functions, multidisciplinary applications of calculus, and theoretical understanding of differentiation and integration. Topics include the definition of the derivative, differentiation techniques, and applications of the derivative. Calculus topics related to trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions also included. Course concludes with the fundamental theorem of calculus; the definition of antidifferentiation and the definite integral; basic applications of integrations; and introductory techniques of integration. Graphing calculator required. TBR Common Course: MATH 1910

  • MATH 3320 - Teaching Mathematics in the Middle Grades

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the teacher education program. Required of all Mathematics majors seeking a license to teach mathematics in grades 6-12 and all Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 6-8) Math majors. In-depth study of mathematics learning and teaching strategies in middle school mathematics. Selected topics provide a foundation for student investigations into the conceptual nature of mathematics and applications in the middle school curriculum. Must be taken prior to student teaching.

  • MATH 3340 - Statistics and Probability for Teaching

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1530 or MATH 2050 with a C or better. Supports the development of prospective middle grades and secondary teachers' knowledge of statistics and probability. Examines in greater depth statistics and probability topics to which the student has prior exposure; emphasizes the relevance and implications of these topics to the middle school and secondary classrooms. Attention will be given to exploratory data analysis, probability, statistical association, and simulation-based inference.

  • MLED 2000 - Characteristics of the Middle Level Learner

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: EESE 1010 and EESE 1011. Reflects on the early adolescent learner while focusing on the student-centered school environment and a well-balanced curriculum.

  • ECON 2410 - Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics  3 credit hours  
    (Soc/Beh Sci)(Soc/Beh Sci) OR  dotslash:(Soc/Beh Sci) OR title:(Soc/Beh Sci) 
    (Soc/Beh Sci) OR 

    ECON 2410 - Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of national income and its fluctuations, inflation, unemployment, role of the banking system, monetary and fiscal policies, and international topics.

  • ECON 2420 - Principles of Economics, Microeconomics  3 credit hours  
    (Soc/Beh Sci)(Soc/Beh Sci)  dotslash:(Soc/Beh Sci) title:(Soc/Beh Sci) 
    (Soc/Beh Sci) 

    ECON 2420 - Principles of Economics, Microeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of consumer and firm behavior; the pricing of goods, services, and productive factors; international topics; and an overview of the American economy.

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 31 Hours

Junior

 

  • EXL 3010 - Service Learning Practicum  1 to 3 credit hours  
    (1 credit hour)(1 credit hour required)  dotslash:(1 credit hour required) title:(1 credit hour) 
    (1 credit hour required) 

    EXL 3010 - Service Learning Practicum

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Opportunity to take part in service-learning projects with community partners. Pass/Fail. (May be repeated for a total of up to six credits.)

  • MLED 3100 - Experiencing Middle Level Education I

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisites: EESE 1010 and EESE 1011. Field-based course introduces students to middle level schools and environments. Students will be immersed in the structures and philosophy of middle level education.

  • MLED 3110 - Experiencing Middle Level Education II

    2 credit hours

    Corequisite: MLED 4000. Field-based course which builds upon experiences begun in MLED 3100. Students will implement content pedagogical strategies into middle level placements.

  • Natural Science (PHYS 1110 or PHYS 2010/2011 recommended) 4 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (Rubric 2) 3 credit hours
  • MLED 4000 - Methods of Teaching Middle Level Learners

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. Corequisite: MLED 3110. Focuses on curriculum integration as well as methods identified as best practice in middle level education. Includes a field experience.

  • MATH 4010 - Selected Topics in Elementary Mathematics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MATH 1410, MATH 1420, and MATH 1730. Required of students who are preparing to teach grades 5-8. Examines in greater depth topics to which the student has prior exposure; emphasizes the relevance and implications of these topics to the middle school classroom.

  • READ 4035 - Language and Literacy in the Middle Grades

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education. Introduces various strategies and techniques for teaching and assessing literacy in the middle school.

  • SPED 3010 - Characteristics and Teaching of Learners with Exceptionalities

    3 credit hours

    An introduction to the exceptional learner. Examines the history, principles, and legal requirements as well as the diverse characteristics and learning styles of exceptional learners. Discusses differentiated teaching strategies in both inclusive and skill-based environments. Multicultural diversity, normalization, and integration addressed. (Required for all individuals who major in Special Education-Interventionist K-8, Special Education-Comprehensive, and Interdisciplinary Studies for state licensure; and students seeking a minor in Special Education.

 

  • MATH 3330 - Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary Grades  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    MATH 3330 - Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary Grades

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education, completion of the mathematics core, and MATH 3320. Required of all Mathematics majors seeking a license to teach mathematics in grades 6-12 and all Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 6-8) Math majors. In-depth study of mathematics learning and teaching strategies in secondary school mathematics. Selected topics provide a foundation for student investigations into the conceptual nature of mathematics and applications in the secondary school curriculum. Must be taken prior to student teaching.

  • ELED 3150 - Mathematics Methodology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; General Education math; MATH 1410 and MATH 1420. Offers preparation to pre-service elementary and middle school teachers for teaching mathematics. Field-based experiences required.

Subtotal: 29 Hours

Senior

 

  • MLED 3300 - Instructional Technology in Middle Level Education

    3 credit hours

    Examines rationales, methods, and technology practices related to adolescents in grades 6-8. Each teacher candidate will use digital tools to explore, communicate, collaborate, and learn from the rich and varied resources available.

  • MLED 4200 - Assessing the Middle Level Learner

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. The integration of middle level content with classroom and standardized assessments to enable the planning, design, and implementation of assessment driven instruction.

  • MLED 4340 - Managing Middle Level Learning Environments

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. Introduces middle level teacher candidates to classroom and instructional strategies that are effective in building, adjusting, and maintaining an effective classroom learning environment.

  • MLED 4350 - Theory to Practice in Middle Level Education

    6 credit hours

    Strategies and techniques of guiding the learning of middle level students. The development and use of materials in the middle school classroom with emphasis on explanation and experimentation. Majority of the course is field work with accompanying seminars.

  • MLED 4995 - Directed Teaching in Middle Level Education

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of all coursework. Supervised experience requires full-day placement in a middle level school setting. Extended teaching and evaluation of teacher candidate preparation for teaching is required. Admission requirements for Residency II, including completion of all program coursework, must be met for enrollment.

Subtotal: 27 Hours

Middle Level Education (Grades 6–8, Science)

Middle Level Education (Grades 6-8, Science), B.S.

Elementary and Special Education 
615-898-2680
Stacy Fields, program coordinator
Stacy.Fields@mtsu.edu
 

The major in Middle Level Education, grades 6-8, is designed to prepare teachers for middle schools. It requires General Education, major, professional education, and residency courses.

This program leads to initial teacher licensure in middle level education (grades 6-8).

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Middle Level (Grades 6-8 Science), B.S., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education41 hours
Major Requirements48 hours*
Professional Education43 hours
TOTAL121-132 hours

*This program requires courses that can also fulfill requirements of the General Education curriculum. If courses for this program are also used to fulfill General Education requirements, the program of study may be completed in 121 hours.

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

The following courses required by the program meet General Education requirements:

Major Requirements (48 hours)

  • BIOL 3000 - Life Science for Elementary Teachers

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: 8 hours of science including BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 or equivalent. A process-oriented approach to the study of life with emphasis on execution and analysis of activities and experiments suited to the elementary school classroom. Six hours lecture and laboratory. (May not be used for Biology majors or minors.)

  • PSCI 4030 - Experimental Physical Science

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSCI 1030/PSCI 1031. Basic concepts, laws, and principles of astronomy, chemistry, geology, and physics with particular emphasis on the utilization of equipment available or easily improvised in actual school situations to illustrate these concepts, laws, and principles.

  • PSY 2300 - Developmental Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Broad survey of the biological and environmental factors influencing physical, cognitive, and social development from conception until death. Emphasis on current research and theory. Will not substitute for SOC 3151 or CDFS 3340.

  • READ 4035 - Language and Literacy in the Middle Grades

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education. Introduces various strategies and techniques for teaching and assessing literacy in the middle school.

 

  • HLTH 1530 - Health and Wellness  3 credit hours  
    ANDAND  dotslash:AND title:AND 
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    HLTH 1530 - Health and Wellness

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: HLTH 1531. Explores the role and importance of health and wellness in the lives of individuals and society in general. Laboratory venues will allow opportunities for assessment of lifestyles, decision-making, and research data on health and wellness. Lectures will provide concepts, information, and data involved in maintaining optimum health and wellness. Two lectures and one laboratory.

  • HLTH 1531 - Health and Wellness Lab  0 credit hours  
    (may be counted)(may be counted in General Education)  dotslash:(may be counted in General Education) title:(may be counted) 
    (may be counted in General Education) 

    HLTH 1531 - Health and Wellness Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: HLTH 1530.

 

  • ASTR 1030 - Exploring the Universe  3 credit hours  
    ANDAND  dotslash:AND title:AND 
    AND 

    ASTR 1030 - Exploring the Universe

    3 credit hours

    A general introduction to astronomy through an overview of planets, stars, systems of stars, and the overall structure of the universe. Topics will be discussed by answering questions such as "How do you weigh stars?" and "Will the universe die?" TBR Common Course: ASTR 1030

  • ASTR 1031 - Observing the Universe

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisite or corequisite: ASTR 1030. Introduction to observational astronomy through laboratory exercises and outdoor observing activities. Topics include telescopes, the analysis of starlight, and observations of stars and planets. TBR Common Course: ASTR 1032

 

  • BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life  4 credit hours  
    ANDAND  dotslash:AND title:AND 
    AND 

    BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 1031. Designed for non-majors. Offers understanding, experiences, and skills related to common biological issues. Includes class discussions, small group activities, lectures, selected readings, and laboratory investigations. Students earning an A in BIOL 1030/1031 and wishing to declare a major or minor in Biology may substitute BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 for BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111 toward meeting the requirement for the major or minor. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

  • BIOL 1031 - Exploring Life Lab  0 credit hours  
    (may be counted)(may be counted in General Education)  dotslash:(may be counted in General Education) title:(may be counted) 
    (may be counted in General Education) 

    BIOL 1031 - Exploring Life Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 1030.

 

  • GEOL 1030 - Introduction to Earth Science  3 credit hours  
    ANDAND  dotslash:AND title:AND 
    AND 

    GEOL 1030 - Introduction to Earth Science

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: GEOL 1031. The earth and its relationship to its space and environment emphasized. Forces and processes which combine to mold the face of the earth and its atmosphere, as well as the internal constitution of the earth. Three hours lecture. Together, GEOL 1030 and GEOL 1031 satisfy 4 hours of the Natural Sciences portion of the General Education requirement.

 

  • CHEM 1010 - Introductory General Chemistry I  4 credit hours  
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    CHEM 1010 - Introductory General Chemistry I

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: CHEM 1011. For students with no prior courses in chemistry; to be taken before CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111. Fundamental concepts of chemistry: measurements, matter, chemical bonds, chemical reactions, nuclear chemistry, states of matter, solutions, and electrolytes. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory. Will not count toward a major or minor in Chemistry. TBR Common Course: CHEM 1010

 

  • CHEM 1020 - Introductory General Chemistry II  4 credit hours  
    ANDAND  dotslash:AND title:AND 
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    CHEM 1020 - Introductory General Chemistry II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011. Corequisite: CHEM 1021 Topics include hydrocarbons, organic functional groups, isomerism, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and proteins, enzymes, and metabolism. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory. Will not count toward a major or minor in Chemistry. TBR Common Course: CHEM 1020

 

  • PSCI 1030 - Topics in Physical Science

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: PSCI 1031. Language, development, structure, and role of physical science (physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology) as it relates to the knowledge and activities of the educated person. For nonscience majors. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory. (A General Education course [Nat Sci]. Does not count toward any major or minor.) TBR Common Course: PSCI 1030

  • PSCI 1031 - Topics in Physical Science Lab  0 credit hours  
    (may be counted)(may be counted in General Education)  dotslash:(may be counted in General Education) title:(may be counted) 
    (may be counted in General Education) 

    PSCI 1031 - Topics in Physical Science Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: PSCI 1030. TBR Common Course: PSCI 1031

 

  • PHYS 1110 - Discovering Physics

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710, MATH 1730, or MATH 1630. Uncovers the fundamental concepts of physics in a hands-on approach that involves observations, measurements, forming hypotheses, and validation of ideas in groups of students' peers. Combined lecture/laboratory sessions.

OR

  • PHYS 2010 - Non-Calculus-Based Physics I  0 credit hours  
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    PHYS 2010 - Non-Calculus-Based Physics I

    0 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710 with a minimum grade of C (2.0) or MATH 1730 or MATH 1910. Required corequisite: PHYS 2011. Web-based discussion class to be taken in conjunction with cooperative-learning based problems lab PHYS 2011. Classical mechanics traditionally covered in a first-semester college physics course. Kinematics, forces, momentum, angular motion, calorimetry, and sound waves. Class time used for discussion of the Web-lecture material and for the administration of exams. TBR Common Course: PHYS 2010

  • PHYS 2011 - Physics Problems Laboratory I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710 with a minimum grade of C (2.0) or MATH 1730 or MATH 1910. Required corequisite: PHYS 2010. Group-oriented problems course taken in conjunction with the Web-based discussion class PHYS 2010. Students work in groups with the topics presented in the PHYS 2010 discussion class. Covers kinematics, forces, momentum, angular motion, calorimetry, and sound waves. Skills associated with the development of experimental investigations including graphical analysis and estimation of uncertainties emphasized. Two two-and-one-half-hour laboratory sessions. TBR Common Course: PHYS 2011

OR

  • MATH 4010 - Selected Topics in Elementary Mathematics  3 credit hours  
    ANDAND  dotslash:AND title:AND 
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    MATH 4010 - Selected Topics in Elementary Mathematics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MATH 1410, MATH 1420, and MATH 1730. Required of students who are preparing to teach grades 5-8. Examines in greater depth topics to which the student has prior exposure; emphasizes the relevance and implications of these topics to the middle school classroom.

  • EXL 3020 - Leadership Studies Practicum  1 to 3 credit hours  
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    EXL 3020 - Leadership Studies Practicum

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Opportunity to enhance personal leadership development and understanding through campus- or community-based projects. Pass/Fail. (May be repeated for a total of up to six credits.)

Professional Education (31 hours)

  • EESE 1010 - Teachers as Problem Solvers

    2 credit hours

    Introduces teaching as a profession using problem-based learning, educational case problems, and collaborative learning teams. Five hours field experience.

  • EESE 1011 - Creating Differentiated Instruction

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: EESE 1010; cannot be taken concurrently with EESE 1010. Content provides knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with effective teaching and learning. Incorporates five hours field experience.

  • MLED 2000 - Characteristics of the Middle Level Learner

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: EESE 1010 and EESE 1011. Reflects on the early adolescent learner while focusing on the student-centered school environment and a well-balanced curriculum.

  • MLED 3100 - Experiencing Middle Level Education I

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisites: EESE 1010 and EESE 1011. Field-based course introduces students to middle level schools and environments. Students will be immersed in the structures and philosophy of middle level education.

  • MLED 3110 - Experiencing Middle Level Education II

    2 credit hours

    Corequisite: MLED 4000. Field-based course which builds upon experiences begun in MLED 3100. Students will implement content pedagogical strategies into middle level placements.

  • MLED 3300 - Instructional Technology in Middle Level Education

    3 credit hours

    Examines rationales, methods, and technology practices related to adolescents in grades 6-8. Each teacher candidate will use digital tools to explore, communicate, collaborate, and learn from the rich and varied resources available.

  • MLED 4000 - Methods of Teaching Middle Level Learners

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. Corequisite: MLED 3110. Focuses on curriculum integration as well as methods identified as best practice in middle level education. Includes a field experience.

  • MLED 4200 - Assessing the Middle Level Learner

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. The integration of middle level content with classroom and standardized assessments to enable the planning, design, and implementation of assessment driven instruction.

  • MLED 4340 - Managing Middle Level Learning Environments

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. Introduces middle level teacher candidates to classroom and instructional strategies that are effective in building, adjusting, and maintaining an effective classroom learning environment.

  • MLED 4350 - Theory to Practice in Middle Level Education

    6 credit hours

    Strategies and techniques of guiding the learning of middle level students. The development and use of materials in the middle school classroom with emphasis on explanation and experimentation. Majority of the course is field work with accompanying seminars.

  • SPED 3010 - Characteristics and Teaching of Learners with Exceptionalities

    3 credit hours

    An introduction to the exceptional learner. Examines the history, principles, and legal requirements as well as the diverse characteristics and learning styles of exceptional learners. Discusses differentiated teaching strategies in both inclusive and skill-based environments. Multicultural diversity, normalization, and integration addressed. (Required for all individuals who major in Special Education-Interventionist K-8, Special Education-Comprehensive, and Interdisciplinary Studies for state licensure; and students seeking a minor in Special Education.

Student Teaching (12 hours)

  • MLED 4995 - Directed Teaching in Middle Level Education

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of all coursework. Supervised experience requires full-day placement in a middle level school setting. Extended teaching and evaluation of teacher candidate preparation for teaching is required. Admission requirements for Residency II, including completion of all program coursework, must be met for enrollment.

Curriculum: Middle Level Education (Grades 6-8, Science)

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • EESE 1010 - Teachers as Problem Solvers

    2 credit hours

    Introduces teaching as a profession using problem-based learning, educational case problems, and collaborative learning teams. Five hours field experience.

  • EESE 1011 - Creating Differentiated Instruction

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: EESE 1010; cannot be taken concurrently with EESE 1010. Content provides knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with effective teaching and learning. Incorporates five hours field experience.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (2 rubrics) 6 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • HLTH 1530 - Health and Wellness  3 credit hours  
    (Soc/Beh Sci) AND(Soc/Beh Sci) AND  dotslash:(Soc/Beh Sci) AND title:(Soc/Beh Sci) AND 
    (Soc/Beh Sci) AND 

    HLTH 1530 - Health and Wellness

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: HLTH 1531. Explores the role and importance of health and wellness in the lives of individuals and society in general. Laboratory venues will allow opportunities for assessment of lifestyles, decision-making, and research data on health and wellness. Lectures will provide concepts, information, and data involved in maintaining optimum health and wellness. Two lectures and one laboratory.

  • HLTH 1531 - Health and Wellness Lab  0 credit hours  
    (Soc/Beh Sci)(Soc/Beh Sci)  dotslash:(Soc/Beh Sci) title:(Soc/Beh Sci) 
    (Soc/Beh Sci) 

    HLTH 1531 - Health and Wellness Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: HLTH 1530.

  • BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life  4 credit hours  
    (Nat Sci) AND(Nat Sci) AND  dotslash:(Nat Sci) AND title:(Nat Sci) AND 
    (Nat Sci) AND 

    BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 1031. Designed for non-majors. Offers understanding, experiences, and skills related to common biological issues. Includes class discussions, small group activities, lectures, selected readings, and laboratory investigations. Students earning an A in BIOL 1030/1031 and wishing to declare a major or minor in Biology may substitute BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 for BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111 toward meeting the requirement for the major or minor. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

  • BIOL 1031 - Exploring Life Lab  0 credit hours  
    (Nat Sci)(Nat Sci)  dotslash:(Nat Sci) title:(Nat Sci) 
    (Nat Sci) 

    BIOL 1031 - Exploring Life Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 1030.

  • PSCI 1030 - Topics in Physical Science  4 credit hours  
    (Nat Sci) AND(Nat Sci) AND  dotslash:(Nat Sci) AND title:(Nat Sci) AND 
    (Nat Sci) AND 

    PSCI 1030 - Topics in Physical Science

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: PSCI 1031. Language, development, structure, and role of physical science (physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology) as it relates to the knowledge and activities of the educated person. For nonscience majors. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory. (A General Education course [Nat Sci]. Does not count toward any major or minor.) TBR Common Course: PSCI 1030

  • PSCI 1031 - Topics in Physical Science Lab  0 credit hours  
    (Nat Sci)(Nat Sci)  dotslash:(Nat Sci) title:(Nat Sci) 
    (Nat Sci) 

    PSCI 1031 - Topics in Physical Science Lab

    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: PSCI 1030. TBR Common Course: PSCI 1031

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA)(Hum/FA)  dotslash:(Hum/FA) title:(Hum/FA) 
    (Hum/FA) 
    OROR   dotslash:OR  title:OR 
    OR  

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA)(Hum/FA)  dotslash:(Hum/FA) title:(Hum/FA) 
    (Hum/FA) 
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA)(Hum/FA)  dotslash:(Hum/FA) title:(Hum/FA) 
    (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • MLED 2000 - Characteristics of the Middle Level Learner

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: EESE 1010 and EESE 1011. Reflects on the early adolescent learner while focusing on the student-centered school environment and a well-balanced curriculum.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours

 

  • PHYS 1110 - Discovering Physics

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710, MATH 1730, or MATH 1630. Uncovers the fundamental concepts of physics in a hands-on approach that involves observations, measurements, forming hypotheses, and validation of ideas in groups of students' peers. Combined lecture/laboratory sessions.

OR

  • PHYS 2010 - Non-Calculus-Based Physics I  0 credit hours  
    ANDAND  dotslash:AND title:AND 
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    PHYS 2010 - Non-Calculus-Based Physics I

    0 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710 with a minimum grade of C (2.0) or MATH 1730 or MATH 1910. Required corequisite: PHYS 2011. Web-based discussion class to be taken in conjunction with cooperative-learning based problems lab PHYS 2011. Classical mechanics traditionally covered in a first-semester college physics course. Kinematics, forces, momentum, angular motion, calorimetry, and sound waves. Class time used for discussion of the Web-lecture material and for the administration of exams. TBR Common Course: PHYS 2010

  • PHYS 2011 - Physics Problems Laboratory I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710 with a minimum grade of C (2.0) or MATH 1730 or MATH 1910. Required corequisite: PHYS 2010. Group-oriented problems course taken in conjunction with the Web-based discussion class PHYS 2010. Students work in groups with the topics presented in the PHYS 2010 discussion class. Covers kinematics, forces, momentum, angular motion, calorimetry, and sound waves. Skills associated with the development of experimental investigations including graphical analysis and estimation of uncertainties emphasized. Two two-and-one-half-hour laboratory sessions. TBR Common Course: PHYS 2011

OR

  • MATH 4010 - Selected Topics in Elementary Mathematics  3 credit hours  
    ANDAND  dotslash:AND title:AND 
    AND 

    MATH 4010 - Selected Topics in Elementary Mathematics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MATH 1410, MATH 1420, and MATH 1730. Required of students who are preparing to teach grades 5-8. Examines in greater depth topics to which the student has prior exposure; emphasizes the relevance and implications of these topics to the middle school classroom.

  • EXL 3020 - Leadership Studies Practicum  1 to 3 credit hours  
    (1 credit hour)(1 credit hour required)  dotslash:(1 credit hour required) title:(1 credit hour) 
    (1 credit hour required) 

    EXL 3020 - Leadership Studies Practicum

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Opportunity to enhance personal leadership development and understanding through campus- or community-based projects. Pass/Fail. (May be repeated for a total of up to six credits.)

  • ASTR 1030 - Exploring the Universe  3 credit hours  
    ANDAND  dotslash:AND title:AND 
    AND 

    ASTR 1030 - Exploring the Universe

    3 credit hours

    A general introduction to astronomy through an overview of planets, stars, systems of stars, and the overall structure of the universe. Topics will be discussed by answering questions such as "How do you weigh stars?" and "Will the universe die?" TBR Common Course: ASTR 1030

  • ASTR 1031 - Observing the Universe

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisite or corequisite: ASTR 1030. Introduction to observational astronomy through laboratory exercises and outdoor observing activities. Topics include telescopes, the analysis of starlight, and observations of stars and planets. TBR Common Course: ASTR 1032

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

 

  • GEOL 1030 - Introduction to Earth Science  3 credit hours  
    ANDAND  dotslash:AND title:AND 
    AND 

    GEOL 1030 - Introduction to Earth Science

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: GEOL 1031. The earth and its relationship to its space and environment emphasized. Forces and processes which combine to mold the face of the earth and its atmosphere, as well as the internal constitution of the earth. Three hours lecture. Together, GEOL 1030 and GEOL 1031 satisfy 4 hours of the Natural Sciences portion of the General Education requirement.

 

  • CHEM 1010 - Introductory General Chemistry I  4 credit hours  
    ANDAND  dotslash:AND title:AND 
    AND 

    CHEM 1010 - Introductory General Chemistry I

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: CHEM 1011. For students with no prior courses in chemistry; to be taken before CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111. Fundamental concepts of chemistry: measurements, matter, chemical bonds, chemical reactions, nuclear chemistry, states of matter, solutions, and electrolytes. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory. Will not count toward a major or minor in Chemistry. TBR Common Course: CHEM 1010

Subtotal: 31 Hours

Junior

 

  • MLED 3100 - Experiencing Middle Level Education I

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisites: EESE 1010 and EESE 1011. Field-based course introduces students to middle level schools and environments. Students will be immersed in the structures and philosophy of middle level education.

  • MLED 3110 - Experiencing Middle Level Education II

    2 credit hours

    Corequisite: MLED 4000. Field-based course which builds upon experiences begun in MLED 3100. Students will implement content pedagogical strategies into middle level placements.

  • MLED 4000 - Methods of Teaching Middle Level Learners

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. Corequisite: MLED 3110. Focuses on curriculum integration as well as methods identified as best practice in middle level education. Includes a field experience.

  • BIOL 3000 - Life Science for Elementary Teachers

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: 8 hours of science including BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 or equivalent. A process-oriented approach to the study of life with emphasis on execution and analysis of activities and experiments suited to the elementary school classroom. Six hours lecture and laboratory. (May not be used for Biology majors or minors.)

  • PSCI 4030 - Experimental Physical Science

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSCI 1030/PSCI 1031. Basic concepts, laws, and principles of astronomy, chemistry, geology, and physics with particular emphasis on the utilization of equipment available or easily improvised in actual school situations to illustrate these concepts, laws, and principles.

  • PSY 2300 - Developmental Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Broad survey of the biological and environmental factors influencing physical, cognitive, and social development from conception until death. Emphasis on current research and theory. Will not substitute for SOC 3151 or CDFS 3340.

  • READ 4035 - Language and Literacy in the Middle Grades

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education. Introduces various strategies and techniques for teaching and assessing literacy in the middle school.

  • SPED 3010 - Characteristics and Teaching of Learners with Exceptionalities

    3 credit hours

    An introduction to the exceptional learner. Examines the history, principles, and legal requirements as well as the diverse characteristics and learning styles of exceptional learners. Discusses differentiated teaching strategies in both inclusive and skill-based environments. Multicultural diversity, normalization, and integration addressed. (Required for all individuals who major in Special Education-Interventionist K-8, Special Education-Comprehensive, and Interdisciplinary Studies for state licensure; and students seeking a minor in Special Education.

  • CHEM 1020 - Introductory General Chemistry II  4 credit hours  
    ANDAND  dotslash:AND title:AND 
    AND 

    CHEM 1020 - Introductory General Chemistry II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011. Corequisite: CHEM 1021 Topics include hydrocarbons, organic functional groups, isomerism, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and proteins, enzymes, and metabolism. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory. Will not count toward a major or minor in Chemistry. TBR Common Course: CHEM 1020

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 33 Hours

Senior

 

  • MLED 3300 - Instructional Technology in Middle Level Education

    3 credit hours

    Examines rationales, methods, and technology practices related to adolescents in grades 6-8. Each teacher candidate will use digital tools to explore, communicate, collaborate, and learn from the rich and varied resources available.

  • MLED 4200 - Assessing the Middle Level Learner

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. The integration of middle level content with classroom and standardized assessments to enable the planning, design, and implementation of assessment driven instruction.

  • MLED 4340 - Managing Middle Level Learning Environments

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. Introduces middle level teacher candidates to classroom and instructional strategies that are effective in building, adjusting, and maintaining an effective classroom learning environment.

  • MLED 4350 - Theory to Practice in Middle Level Education

    6 credit hours

    Strategies and techniques of guiding the learning of middle level students. The development and use of materials in the middle school classroom with emphasis on explanation and experimentation. Majority of the course is field work with accompanying seminars.

  • MLED 4995 - Directed Teaching in Middle Level Education

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of all coursework. Supervised experience requires full-day placement in a middle level school setting. Extended teaching and evaluation of teacher candidate preparation for teaching is required. Admission requirements for Residency II, including completion of all program coursework, must be met for enrollment.

Subtotal: 27 Hours

Middle Level Education (Grades 6–8, Social Studies)

Middle Level Education (Grades 6-8, Social Studies), B.S.

Elementary and Special Education 
615-898-2680
Stacy Fields, program coordinator
Stacy.Fields@mtsu.edu
 

The major in Middle Level Education, grades 6-8, is designed to prepare teachers for middle schools. It requires General Education, major, professional education, and residency courses.

This program leads to initial teacher licensure in middle level education (grades 6-8).

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Middle Level Education (Grades 6-8 Social Studies), B.S., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education41 hours
Major Requirements42 hours*
Professional Education43 hours
TOTAL120-126 hours

*This program requires courses that can also fulfill requirements of the General Education curriculum. If courses for this program are also used to fulfill General Education requirements, the program of study may be completed in 120 hours.

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

The following courses required by the program meet General Education requirements:

Major Requirements (42 hours)

  • GEOG 2000 - Introduction to Regional Geography  3 credit hours  
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    GEOG 2000 - Introduction to Regional Geography

    3 credit hours

    Required for all Global Studies and Human Geography majors and Cultural Geography minors. Examines world regions using the geographical perspective, identifying the main physical and cultural features, especially through the use of maps. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

  • PS 1010 - Introduction to Global Politics  3 credit hours  
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    PS 1010 - Introduction to Global Politics

    3 credit hours

    Meets part of the General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement. Comparative theories and institutions of government. Law, constitutions, power, political socialization, ideologies, and the media.

  • ECON 2410 - Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of national income and its fluctuations, inflation, unemployment, role of the banking system, monetary and fiscal policies, and international topics.

  • HIST 1120 - Survey World Civilization II

    3 credit hours

    The impact of Western expansion upon the indigenous civilizations of Asia, Africa, and the Americas; their mutual interchange in the creation of the modern world. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education Humanities and/or Fine Arts requirement.

  • HIST 3011 - Teaching Historical Thinking

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Six hours of HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 2030. Offers preparation for learning to think historically and developing that skill in middle and high school students and to people in public settings including planning, developing, and implementing lesson plans and assessing their results. Either HIST 3010 or HIST 3011 fulfills the History major requirement . Grade of C- or above is required.  

  • READ 4035 - Language and Literacy in the Middle Grades

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education. Introduces various strategies and techniques for teaching and assessing literacy in the middle school.

  • U.S. History upper-division elective (3000 level or higher) 3 credit hours
  • Global upper-division elective (3000 level or higher) 3 credit hours
  • European upper-division elective (3000 level or higher) 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

 

Choose 9 credit hours from the following:

  • AAS 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AST 2040 and HIST 2040.) The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

  • AAS 2100 - Introduction to African American Studies

    3 credit hours

    Introductory interdisciplinary survey course which examines the African American experience from enslavement through the present; social, religious, political, and cultural interactions evolving from that experience.

  • ANTH 2010 - Cultural Anthropology

    3 credit hours

    A comparative examination of the cultural organization of human behavior in societies around the world. Practical applications and the importance of intercultural understanding stressed. Counts toward General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement.

  • ANTH 3210 - Archaeology  3 credit hours  

    ANTH 3210 - Archaeology

    3 credit hours

    Introduces methods used to study the nature and development of prehistoric societies. Approaches to survey, excavation, analysis, and interpretation explored through lectures, case studies, and problem assignments.

  • GEOG 4340 - Historical Geography

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: GEOG 2000 or permission of instructor. The changing human geography of the United States during four centuries of settlement and development. Emphasis on changing population patterns as well as patterns of urban and rural settlement. (Spring odd-numbered years)

  • GEOG 4360 - Cultural Geography

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: GEOG 2000 or permission of instructor. Required for all Global Studies and Human Geography majors and Cultural Geography minors. Description and explanation of spatial patterns and ecological relationships in human culture. Emphasis on "reading" the cultural landscapes. (Fall)

  • PS 3370 - American Constitutional Law I: Government Powers

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Analysis of theories of judicial decision making as well as the establishment of judicial review itself, followed by case studies of major Supreme Court decisions in federalism. Issues covered include commerce, contracts, police, and war powers as well as restrictions placed on state governments after the ratification of the Civil War Amendments. Offered fall only.

  • PS 3380 - American Constitutional Law II: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PS 1005 and PS 3370 or permission of instructor. The Supreme Court as a policy-making body in the governmental system. Focuses on case studies of major Supreme Court decisions dealing with civil liberties. Issues covered include racial and gender discrimination, freedom of speech and religion, as well as rights of the criminally accused and the right to privacy. Offered spring only.

  • PS 4240 - American Foreign Policy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Foreign policies in the nuclear age from Kennan and Containment to the present with particular emphasis on contemporary problems and policies.

 

  • ANTH 4860 - Historical Archaeology

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 4860.) Disciplines of historical archaeology, including examination of archaeological evidence, historical documentation, and interpretation of evidence.

  • HIST 4860 - Historical Archaeology

    3 credit hours

    (Same as ANTH 4860.) Prerequisites: HIST 1010 or  HIST 1110 and HIST 1020 or HIST 1120. Disciplines of historical archaeology, including examination of archaeological evidence, historical documentation, and interpretation of evidence.

Professional Education (31 hours)

  • EESE 1010 - Teachers as Problem Solvers

    2 credit hours

    Introduces teaching as a profession using problem-based learning, educational case problems, and collaborative learning teams. Five hours field experience.

  • EESE 1011 - Creating Differentiated Instruction

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: EESE 1010; cannot be taken concurrently with EESE 1010. Content provides knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with effective teaching and learning. Incorporates five hours field experience.

  • MLED 2000 - Characteristics of the Middle Level Learner

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: EESE 1010 and EESE 1011. Reflects on the early adolescent learner while focusing on the student-centered school environment and a well-balanced curriculum.

  • MLED 3100 - Experiencing Middle Level Education I

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisites: EESE 1010 and EESE 1011. Field-based course introduces students to middle level schools and environments. Students will be immersed in the structures and philosophy of middle level education.

  • MLED 3110 - Experiencing Middle Level Education II

    2 credit hours

    Corequisite: MLED 4000. Field-based course which builds upon experiences begun in MLED 3100. Students will implement content pedagogical strategies into middle level placements.

  • MLED 3300 - Instructional Technology in Middle Level Education

    3 credit hours

    Examines rationales, methods, and technology practices related to adolescents in grades 6-8. Each teacher candidate will use digital tools to explore, communicate, collaborate, and learn from the rich and varied resources available.

  • MLED 4000 - Methods of Teaching Middle Level Learners

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. Corequisite: MLED 3110. Focuses on curriculum integration as well as methods identified as best practice in middle level education. Includes a field experience.

  • MLED 4200 - Assessing the Middle Level Learner

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. The integration of middle level content with classroom and standardized assessments to enable the planning, design, and implementation of assessment driven instruction.

  • MLED 4340 - Managing Middle Level Learning Environments

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. Introduces middle level teacher candidates to classroom and instructional strategies that are effective in building, adjusting, and maintaining an effective classroom learning environment.

  • MLED 4350 - Theory to Practice in Middle Level Education

    6 credit hours

    Strategies and techniques of guiding the learning of middle level students. The development and use of materials in the middle school classroom with emphasis on explanation and experimentation. Majority of the course is field work with accompanying seminars.

  • SPED 3010 - Characteristics and Teaching of Learners with Exceptionalities

    3 credit hours

    An introduction to the exceptional learner. Examines the history, principles, and legal requirements as well as the diverse characteristics and learning styles of exceptional learners. Discusses differentiated teaching strategies in both inclusive and skill-based environments. Multicultural diversity, normalization, and integration addressed. (Required for all individuals who major in Special Education-Interventionist K-8, Special Education-Comprehensive, and Interdisciplinary Studies for state licensure; and students seeking a minor in Special Education.

Student Teaching (12 hours)

  • MLED 4995 - Directed Teaching in Middle Level Education

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of all coursework. Supervised experience requires full-day placement in a middle level school setting. Extended teaching and evaluation of teacher candidate preparation for teaching is required. Admission requirements for Residency II, including completion of all program coursework, must be met for enrollment.

Curriculum: Middle Level Education (Grades 6-8, Social Studies)

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories

Freshman

 

  • EESE 1010 - Teachers as Problem Solvers

    2 credit hours

    Introduces teaching as a profession using problem-based learning, educational case problems, and collaborative learning teams. Five hours field experience.

  • EESE 1011 - Creating Differentiated Instruction

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: EESE 1010; cannot be taken concurrently with EESE 1010. Content provides knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with effective teaching and learning. Incorporates five hours field experience.

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  
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    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing  3 credit hours  
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    ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • HIST 1120 - Survey World Civilization II

    3 credit hours

    The impact of Western expansion upon the indigenous civilizations of Asia, Africa, and the Americas; their mutual interchange in the creation of the modern world. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education Humanities and/or Fine Arts requirement.

  • Natural Sciences 8 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 6 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  
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    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  
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    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation  3 credit hours  
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    HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  
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    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • ECON 2410 - Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of national income and its fluctuations, inflation, unemployment, role of the banking system, monetary and fiscal policies, and international topics.

  • GEOG 2000 - Introduction to Regional Geography  3 credit hours  
    (Soc/Beh Sci)(Soc/Beh Sci)  dotslash:(Soc/Beh Sci) title:(Soc/Beh Sci) 
    (Soc/Beh Sci) 

    GEOG 2000 - Introduction to Regional Geography

    3 credit hours

    Required for all Global Studies and Human Geography majors and Cultural Geography minors. Examines world regions using the geographical perspective, identifying the main physical and cultural features, especially through the use of maps. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

  • MLED 2000 - Characteristics of the Middle Level Learner

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: EESE 1010 and EESE 1011. Reflects on the early adolescent learner while focusing on the student-centered school environment and a well-balanced curriculum.

  • PS 1010 - Introduction to Global Politics  3 credit hours  
    (Soc/Beh Sci)(Soc/Beh Sci)  dotslash:(Soc/Beh Sci) title:(Soc/Beh Sci) 
    (Soc/Beh Sci) 

    PS 1010 - Introduction to Global Politics

    3 credit hours

    Meets part of the General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement. Comparative theories and institutions of government. Law, constitutions, power, political socialization, ideologies, and the media.

 

Choose one:

  • AAS 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AST 2040 and HIST 2040.) The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

  • AAS 2100 - Introduction to African American Studies

    3 credit hours

    Introductory interdisciplinary survey course which examines the African American experience from enslavement through the present; social, religious, political, and cultural interactions evolving from that experience.

  • ANTH 2010 - Cultural Anthropology

    3 credit hours

    A comparative examination of the cultural organization of human behavior in societies around the world. Practical applications and the importance of intercultural understanding stressed. Counts toward General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement.

  • ANTH 3210 - Archaeology  3 credit hours  

    ANTH 3210 - Archaeology

    3 credit hours

    Introduces methods used to study the nature and development of prehistoric societies. Approaches to survey, excavation, analysis, and interpretation explored through lectures, case studies, and problem assignments.

  • GEOG 4340 - Historical Geography

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: GEOG 2000 or permission of instructor. The changing human geography of the United States during four centuries of settlement and development. Emphasis on changing population patterns as well as patterns of urban and rural settlement. (Spring odd-numbered years)

  • GEOG 4360 - Cultural Geography

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: GEOG 2000 or permission of instructor. Required for all Global Studies and Human Geography majors and Cultural Geography minors. Description and explanation of spatial patterns and ecological relationships in human culture. Emphasis on "reading" the cultural landscapes. (Fall)

  • PS 3370 - American Constitutional Law I: Government Powers

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Analysis of theories of judicial decision making as well as the establishment of judicial review itself, followed by case studies of major Supreme Court decisions in federalism. Issues covered include commerce, contracts, police, and war powers as well as restrictions placed on state governments after the ratification of the Civil War Amendments. Offered fall only.

  • PS 3380 - American Constitutional Law II: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PS 1005 and PS 3370 or permission of instructor. The Supreme Court as a policy-making body in the governmental system. Focuses on case studies of major Supreme Court decisions dealing with civil liberties. Issues covered include racial and gender discrimination, freedom of speech and religion, as well as rights of the criminally accused and the right to privacy. Offered spring only.

  • PS 4240 - American Foreign Policy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Foreign policies in the nuclear age from Kennan and Containment to the present with particular emphasis on contemporary problems and policies.

 

  • ANTH 4860 - Historical Archaeology  3 credit hours  
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    OR 

    ANTH 4860 - Historical Archaeology

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 4860.) Disciplines of historical archaeology, including examination of archaeological evidence, historical documentation, and interpretation of evidence.

  • HIST 4860 - Historical Archaeology

    3 credit hours

    (Same as ANTH 4860.) Prerequisites: HIST 1010 or  HIST 1110 and HIST 1020 or HIST 1120. Disciplines of historical archaeology, including examination of archaeological evidence, historical documentation, and interpretation of evidence.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Junior

 

  • READ 4035 - Language and Literacy in the Middle Grades

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education. Introduces various strategies and techniques for teaching and assessing literacy in the middle school.

  • SPED 3010 - Characteristics and Teaching of Learners with Exceptionalities

    3 credit hours

    An introduction to the exceptional learner. Examines the history, principles, and legal requirements as well as the diverse characteristics and learning styles of exceptional learners. Discusses differentiated teaching strategies in both inclusive and skill-based environments. Multicultural diversity, normalization, and integration addressed. (Required for all individuals who major in Special Education-Interventionist K-8, Special Education-Comprehensive, and Interdisciplinary Studies for state licensure; and students seeking a minor in Special Education.

  • HIST 3011 - Teaching Historical Thinking

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Six hours of HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 2030. Offers preparation for learning to think historically and developing that skill in middle and high school students and to people in public settings including planning, developing, and implementing lesson plans and assessing their results. Either HIST 3010 or HIST 3011 fulfills the History major requirement . Grade of C- or above is required.  

  • Upper division US History (3000 level or above) 3 credit hours
  • Upper division global or European History (3000 level or above) 6 credit hours
  • MLED 3100 - Experiencing Middle Level Education I

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisites: EESE 1010 and EESE 1011. Field-based course introduces students to middle level schools and environments. Students will be immersed in the structures and philosophy of middle level education.

  • MLED 3110 - Experiencing Middle Level Education II

    2 credit hours

    Corequisite: MLED 4000. Field-based course which builds upon experiences begun in MLED 3100. Students will implement content pedagogical strategies into middle level placements.

  • MLED 4000 - Methods of Teaching Middle Level Learners

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. Corequisite: MLED 3110. Focuses on curriculum integration as well as methods identified as best practice in middle level education. Includes a field experience.

Choose 6 hours from:

  • AAS 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AST 2040 and HIST 2040.) The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

  • AAS 2100 - Introduction to African American Studies

    3 credit hours

    Introductory interdisciplinary survey course which examines the African American experience from enslavement through the present; social, religious, political, and cultural interactions evolving from that experience.

  • ANTH 2010 - Cultural Anthropology

    3 credit hours

    A comparative examination of the cultural organization of human behavior in societies around the world. Practical applications and the importance of intercultural understanding stressed. Counts toward General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement.

  • ANTH 3210 - Archaeology  3 credit hours  

    ANTH 3210 - Archaeology

    3 credit hours

    Introduces methods used to study the nature and development of prehistoric societies. Approaches to survey, excavation, analysis, and interpretation explored through lectures, case studies, and problem assignments.

  • GEOG 4340 - Historical Geography

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: GEOG 2000 or permission of instructor. The changing human geography of the United States during four centuries of settlement and development. Emphasis on changing population patterns as well as patterns of urban and rural settlement. (Spring odd-numbered years)

  • GEOG 4360 - Cultural Geography

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: GEOG 2000 or permission of instructor. Required for all Global Studies and Human Geography majors and Cultural Geography minors. Description and explanation of spatial patterns and ecological relationships in human culture. Emphasis on "reading" the cultural landscapes. (Fall)

  • PS 3370 - American Constitutional Law I: Government Powers

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Analysis of theories of judicial decision making as well as the establishment of judicial review itself, followed by case studies of major Supreme Court decisions in federalism. Issues covered include commerce, contracts, police, and war powers as well as restrictions placed on state governments after the ratification of the Civil War Amendments. Offered fall only.

  • PS 3380 - American Constitutional Law II: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PS 1005 and PS 3370 or permission of instructor. The Supreme Court as a policy-making body in the governmental system. Focuses on case studies of major Supreme Court decisions dealing with civil liberties. Issues covered include racial and gender discrimination, freedom of speech and religion, as well as rights of the criminally accused and the right to privacy. Offered spring only.

  • PS 4240 - American Foreign Policy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Foreign policies in the nuclear age from Kennan and Containment to the present with particular emphasis on contemporary problems and policies.

 

  • ANTH 4860 - Historical Archaeology  3 credit hours  
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    OR 

    ANTH 4860 - Historical Archaeology

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 4860.) Disciplines of historical archaeology, including examination of archaeological evidence, historical documentation, and interpretation of evidence.

  • HIST 4860 - Historical Archaeology

    3 credit hours

    (Same as ANTH 4860.) Prerequisites: HIST 1010 or  HIST 1110 and HIST 1020 or HIST 1120. Disciplines of historical archaeology, including examination of archaeological evidence, historical documentation, and interpretation of evidence.

Subtotal: 33 Hours

Senior

 

  • MLED 3300 - Instructional Technology in Middle Level Education

    3 credit hours

    Examines rationales, methods, and technology practices related to adolescents in grades 6-8. Each teacher candidate will use digital tools to explore, communicate, collaborate, and learn from the rich and varied resources available.

  • MLED 4200 - Assessing the Middle Level Learner

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. The integration of middle level content with classroom and standardized assessments to enable the planning, design, and implementation of assessment driven instruction.

  • MLED 4340 - Managing Middle Level Learning Environments

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. Introduces middle level teacher candidates to classroom and instructional strategies that are effective in building, adjusting, and maintaining an effective classroom learning environment.

  • MLED 4350 - Theory to Practice in Middle Level Education

    6 credit hours

    Strategies and techniques of guiding the learning of middle level students. The development and use of materials in the middle school classroom with emphasis on explanation and experimentation. Majority of the course is field work with accompanying seminars.

  • MLED 4995 - Directed Teaching in Middle Level Education

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of all coursework. Supervised experience requires full-day placement in a middle level school setting. Extended teaching and evaluation of teacher candidate preparation for teaching is required. Admission requirements for Residency II, including completion of all program coursework, must be met for enrollment.

Subtotal: 27 Hours

MLED 2000 - Characteristics of the Middle Level Learner
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: EESE 1010 and EESE 1011. Reflects on the early adolescent learner while focusing on the student-centered school environment and a well-balanced curriculum.

MLED 3100 - Experiencing Middle Level Education I
1 credit hour

Prerequisites: EESE 1010 and EESE 1011. Field-based course introduces students to middle level schools and environments. Students will be immersed in the structures and philosophy of middle level education.

MLED 3110 - Experiencing Middle Level Education II
2 credit hours

Corequisite: MLED 4000. Field-based course which builds upon experiences begun in MLED 3100. Students will implement content pedagogical strategies into middle level placements.

MLED 3300 - Instructional Technology in Middle Level Education
3 credit hours

Examines rationales, methods, and technology practices related to adolescents in grades 6-8. Each teacher candidate will use digital tools to explore, communicate, collaborate, and learn from the rich and varied resources available.

MLED 4000 - Methods of Teaching Middle Level Learners
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. Corequisite: MLED 3110. Focuses on curriculum integration as well as methods identified as best practice in middle level education. Includes a field experience.

MLED 4200 - Assessing the Middle Level Learner
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MLED 4000. The integration of middle level content with classroom and standardized assessments to enable the planning, design, and implementation of assessment driven instruction.

MLED 4340 - Managing Middle Level Learning Environments
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MLED 4000. Introduces middle level teacher candidates to classroom and instructional strategies that are effective in building, adjusting, and maintaining an effective classroom learning environment.

MLED 4350 - Theory to Practice in Middle Level Education
6 credit hours

Strategies and techniques of guiding the learning of middle level students. The development and use of materials in the middle school classroom with emphasis on explanation and experimentation. Majority of the course is field work with accompanying seminars.

MLED 4995 - Directed Teaching in Middle Level Education
12 credit hours

Prerequisites: Completion of all coursework. Supervised experience requires full-day placement in a middle level school setting. Extended teaching and evaluation of teacher candidate preparation for teaching is required. Admission requirements for Residency II, including completion of all program coursework, must be met for enrollment.

Contact Information

 
Middle Level Education, 6-8

Dr. Jeremy Winters
Jeremy.winters@mtsu.edu
615-494-7729

Who is My Advisor?

Bryanna Licciardi
Bryanna.Licciardi@mtsu.edu
615-494-8969 | COE 315

Mailing Address

Department of Elementary and Special Education
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 69
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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