Teacher Education and Higher Education

B.S. in Middle Grades Education

The Middle Grades program at UNC Greensboro prepares future teachers for North Carolina licensure in Middle Grades (grades 6-9) including an essential understanding of Middle Grades’ students and schools; rigorous content-area knowledge; and exemplary teaching practice. Young adolescents are in a stage of great transition, making middle school an exciting and challenging place to be.

Career Opportunities

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Program Contact

Beverly S. Faircloth, Ph. D.
Room 484, School of Education Bldg.


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Example Careers:

Middle-grades teacher (English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, or TESOL)

Designed For

The Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education is designed for students who seek initial licensure as a teacher in grades 6 through 9 with a subject-area concentration in English, mathematics, science, social studies, or TESOL.

Career Opportunities

All students working on a B.S. in Middle Grades Education will complete three 100-hour internships in local middle schools, along with coursework, prior to student teaching.

UNC Greensboro faculty from the TEHE Department work closely with public school faculty (whom we call On-Site Teacher Educators, or OSTEs) to plan a range of “theory into practice” experiences. There are also opportunities for service in programs and centers serving local middle grades students, as well as workshops designed to strengthen each candidate’s understanding and skill.

Research Interests

Faculty members associated with the Middle Grades program conduct research in a wide range of topics. These include: equity in science education; student culture/identity and learning; professional development in math education; educational psychology; sociocultural lens on learning; student belonging; teaching politics; and online education.

Program of Study

Total hours: 124-128 hours including at least 36 hours at/above 300 course level

Prerequisite for admission to the major

  • TED 250 Teaching as a Profession
  • ENG 103 Essentials of Professional Writing

Core Courses

  • TED 350 Internship I: Inquiry in Teaching and Learning
  • TED 375 Internship II: Inquiry in Teaching and Learning
  • TED 400 Internship III: Inquiry in Teaching and Learning
  • TED 430 Middle Grades Language Arts Education
  • TED 442 Teaching and Learning in the Middle Grades
  • TED 454 Middle Grades Social Studies Education
  • TED 458 Middle Grades Mathematics Education
  • TED 460 Middle grades Science Education
  • TED 462 Student Teaching and Seminar: Middle Grades
  • TED 535 Literacy in the Content Area
  • TED 403 Teaching English Learners with Diverse Abilities
  • SES 540 Introduction to Exceptional Individuals
  • ERM 405 Classroom Assessment
  • TED 420 Reading Education (section with dual majors)
  • TED 466 Student Teaching Seminar

Teacher Licensure Courses

  • ELC 381 The Institution of Education
  • TED 445 Human Diversity Teaching and Learning
  • TED 452 Educational Psychology for the Middle Grades

Academic Concentration Courses (30-39 semester hours)

Students must complete a coherent course of study of in ONE of four middle-level content fields.

  1. English Language Arts (30 semester hours)
    • ENG 104 – Approach to Literature
    • ENG 211 – British Authors Middle Ages to Neoclassical
    • ENG 212 – British Authors Romantics to Modern
    • ENG 251 – Major American Authors: Colonial to Romantic
    • ENG 252: Major American Authors: Realist to Modern
    • ENG 204: Non-western Literary Classics; or ENG 208: Topics in Global Literature; or ENG 209: Topics in Non-Western Literature
    • ENG 223 – Writing of Essays
    • ENG 310 – Young Adult Literature
    • ENG 321 – Linguistics for Teachers
    • ENG 324 – Teaching Writing in MG
  2. Mathematics (30 semester hours)
    • MAT 115 – College Algebra
    • MAT 150 – Pre-Calculus I
    • MAT 151 – Pre-Calculus II
    • MAT 191 – Calculus I
    • MAT 253 – Discrete Mathematical Structures
    • MAT 292 – Calculus II
    • MAT 303 – Topics in Mathematics
    • MAT 304 – Introduction to the Foundations of Geometry
    • STA 108 – Elementary Introduction to Prob./Statistics
    • TED 222 – Mathematics for Teaching
  3. Science (32 semester hours)
    • BIO 111 with lab – General Principles of Biology I (4)
    • BIO 112 with lab – General Principles of Biology II (4)
    • BIO 277 – Human Physiology (4)
    • CHE 111 & 112 (lab) – General Chemistry I & lab (4)
    • ENV 100 – Intro to Environmental Studies (3)
    • GEO 103 – Intro to Earth Science (3)
    • PHY 205 with lab – Conceptual Physic & lab (4)
    • NTR 213 – Introductory Nutrition (3)
    • AST 209 – Astronomy (3)
  4. Social Studies (39 semester hours)
    • ECO 201 – Microeconomics
    • ECO 202 – Macroeconomics
    • HIS 211 – US History < 1865
    • HIS 212 – US History > 1865
    • HIS 347 – History of North Carolina
    • HIS 308 – Navigating World History
    • HIS 316 – Interpreting American History
    • HIS 430 or 440 –Teaching History
    • PSC 100 – American Politics

Minimum Program Requirements

  • A grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 at UNC Greensboro
  • A grade of C or better in TED 250 and ELC 381
  • Completion of all courses needed to fulfill the General Education Requirements
  • Satisfactory scores on PRAXIS I

Our goal is for every student in the School of Education (SOE) to be able to focus on their studies and not on student debt. A variety of financial aid is available to our students, including scholarships based on academic merit and financial need. We invite you to explore the many scholarship opportunities offered in the School of Education.


The U.S. Department of Education requires that all higher education institutions advise students as to whether their curriculum provides them with the eligibility to apply for a professional license and/or certification in the state for which they plan to practice.

As such, please review UNC Greensboro’s status by state for the Middle Grades Education programs. You should note whether the program either “meets”, “does not meet”, or if there “has not been a determination” of the program’s status in the state for which you plan to practice. You should contact the program’s support staff at tehe@uncg.edu with any questions regarding this data.