BSED Middle Grades Education

Dear MGED Major:

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. The milestones listed below each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. Two sample schedules are provided as a general guideline to help you build a full schedule each term.  The elective courses must be selected with your advisor to satisfy all Georgia requirements, the core curriculum, required lab sciences, and any multicultural requirements.

The teaching profession is one of the greatest callings a student can have and the MGED faculty at VSU is committed to preparing professional teachers who can effectively demonstrate the knowledge, competencies, and skills necessary to teach children in ways that enhance their overall growth.  Middle grades teachers educate children in the 4th through 8th grade, giving them a solid foundation to continue their studies in high school, instilling them with a love of learning, and helping them gain confidence as they grow into teenagers and young adults. Middle grades education majors pursuing a bachelor’s degree choose two concentrations from the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, reading or social studies and engage in an extensive amount of hands-on teaching. Upon graduation, students are prepared to teach in a number of age-appropriate disciplines within the secondary school system.  In collaboration with public schools, other child-care professionals, and community agencies, the diverse MGED faculty strives to provide information and experiences that will broaden students' perspectives to encompass a global view of the teaching/learning process, while maintaining a clear vision of the needs of children and families in VSU’s service area. 

Students who complete the major in Middle Grades will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree. VSU’s Middle Grades program is approved by Georgia’s Professional Standards Commission, Georgia’s teacher certifying agency. All Middle Grades majors complete the core curriculum, Areas A-F, with area F being specific to Middle Grades concentration areas. Twenty-four hours in the major are also dedicated to the chosen concentration areas. Upon acceptance into teacher education, students have major specific courses. Upon graduation, students are Middle Grades certification eligible.

Program website: http://www.valdosta.edu/colleges/education/middle-secondary-reading-and-deaf-education/middle-grades-undergraduate/welcome.php

Office Location: Dewar College of Education & Human Services, Room 1045

Year 1

Fall Hrs.
ENGL 1101 3
HIST 2111 or 2112 3
Math or science from Area D 3
EDUC 2110 3
KSPE 2000 2
KSPE 1XXX 1
PSYC 1101 3
Total hours 18
Spring Hrs.
ENGL 1102 3
POLS 1101 3
Science (w/lab from Area D) 4
EDUC 2130 3
PERS 2XXX 2
KSPE 1XXX 1
Total hours 16

Milestones: Complete Georgia Government & history requirement. Complete regent’s requirement. Overall 2.5 GPA or higher. Accumulate 30 or more collegiate credits, attaining sophomore status.

Year 2

Fall Hrs.
ENGL 2111, 2112, OR 2113 3
PERS 2XXX 2
MATH 1111 or 1101 3
EDUC 2120 3
Area F Primary Concentration (see Middle Grades Concentrations) 3
Major Primary Concentration (see Middle Grades Concentrations) 3
Total hours 17
Spring Hrs.
MGED 2999 0
Area F Secondary Concentration (see Middle Grades Concentrations) 3
Science w/lab from Area D 4
Area E elective 3
KSPE 2150 2
Area C elective 3
Area F Primary Concentration (see Middle Grades Concentrations) 3
Total hours 18

Milestones: Overall 2.75 GPA or higher. Accumulate 60 or more collegiate credits, attaining junior status. Get admitted to Teacher Education.

Year 3

Fall Hrs.
Major Primary Concentration (see Middle Grades Concentrations) 3
Major Secondary Concentration (see Middle Grades Concentrations) 3
Major Primary Concentration (see Middle Grades Concentrations) 3
Major Secondary Concentration (see Middle Grades Concentrations) 3
Major Primary Concentration (see Middle Grades Concentrations) 3
Major Secondary Concentration (see Middle Grades Concentrations) 3
Total hours 18
Spring Hrs.
SPEC 3000 3
MGED 3990 3
MGED 3991 3
MGED 3220 3
MGED 3020 2
Major Secondary Concentration (see Middle Grades Concentrations 3
Total hours 17

Milestones: Overall 2.75 GPA or higher. Accumulate 90 or more collegiate credits, attaining senior status. Apply for graduation.

Year 4

Fall Hrs.
MGED 4000 3
MGED 4620 2
MGED 3110 2
Select 2 from the following depending on concentration areas: MGED 4100 (Math), MGED 4200 (Science), MGED 4300 (SS), OR MGED 4400 (LA). 6
Total hours 13
Spring Hrs.
MGED 4800 2
MGED 4790 10
Total hours 12

Milestones: Overall 2.75 GPA or higher. Apply for student teaching during Term 7. Accumulate 129 collegiate credits. Made eligible for teacher certification.