Middle Grades (6th -9th Grades)

Bachelor of Arts

The Program Coordinator for Middle Grades Education is Dr. Jim Brown; Nash Hall; Room 304; jbrown@mhu.edu; 828-689-1185.

All students must be formally admitted into the Teacher Education Program (TEP) for Middle Grades Education.  Please contact the TEP office for further information about admission requirements and the admission process (828-689-1204; llink@mhu.edu).

The Middle-Grades Program is committed to preparing middle grades teachers who understand adolescent development and learning, developmentally responsive middle grade programs and schools, and the middle grades curriculum and strategies proven to meet the needs of diverse students.  The Mars Hill University's Middle Grades Program prepares future educators to work collaboratively with families and communities; and to engage in professional practices that further develop lifelong educators.

All students who major in Middle Grades education select one area of concentration--English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies.  This allows students to focus on mastering one body of knowledge.  Students are advised to select electives in a second area of concentration, allowing students to graduate with the knowledge and skills in more than one academic area.  We believe that the key to educating young adolescents is a well-prepared middle grade teacher, empowered and equipped to meet the challenges of young students in developmentally responsive ways.

The Middle Grades curriculum will prepare students to:

1.   Understand and apply the major concepts, theories, and research related to young adolescent development and learning.

2.   Understand, evaluate, and apply the major concepts, principles, theories, and research underlying the philosophical foundations of the developmentally responsive middle level programs and schools.

3.   Understand, evaluate and apply the major concepts, principles, theories, and standards, and research related to middle grades curriculum

4.   Understand, evaluate, and apply the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to working collaboratively with families and communities to maximize student learning.

5.   Create meaningful learning experiences that are well grounded in research, principles, theories, standards, structures of content, breadth of ever-growing knowledge dimensions that develop young adolescents' competences in knowledge and skills.

6.   Understand, evaluate, and apply research-based literacy skills into all content areas.

7.   Understand, analyze, and create effective instruction that employs a variety of strategies for all learners regardless of ability and or learning styles.

8.   Understand, analyze, evaluate, and apply varying assessment strategies, both formal and informal, to ensure continual social, intellectual, and physical development of young adolescents.

9.   Engage in a variety of professional development practices to ensure continual renewal and professional reflection of pedagogy and content area knowledge.

Students must complete academic requirements in General Education curriculum, Middle Grades Education, and electives for a total of 128 credit hours.