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B.S.Ed. Degree with a Major in Middle Grades Education

  • Total Credit Hours: 129
  • Degree Format: Traditional

About

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. Several options are available for students pursuing advanced degrees in the discipline.

The VSYou Difference

Students in the Valdosta State University middle grades education program enjoy small classes, have meaningful interactions with faculty members and receive crucial training in various technologies. The department maintains collaborative partnerships with public schools, communities and post-secondary institutions in South Georgia, enabling students to gain invaluable experience in middle grades classrooms.Students also have the opportunity to participate in the People to People International program, a unique initiative in which students travel to Washington, D.C., and abroad to hone their education skills while interacting with students from diverse cultural backgrounds. Student groups on campus include the Student Professional Association of Georgia Educators and Kappa Delta Pi, an education honor society. 

What You'll Learn

The Valdosta State middle grades education undergraduate curriculum is designed to create versatile, well-rounded educators who can teach in a number of areas. Students must choose two areas of study from the following concentrations: reading, language arts, social studies, mathematics or science. Technology is an important part of the middle grades education curriculum, and students take several classes that introduce them to high-tech teaching tools such as iPods and iPads. Students are required to spend a minimum of 900 hours in a classroom setting. Upon graduation, students are prepared to embark on careers as middle grades educators.

 

Careers

  • Children’s Minister
  • Curriculum Development Specialist
  • Education Management Specialist
  • Family Services Worker
  • School Counselor
  • Middle School English Teacher
  • Certified Physical Education Teacher
  • Religious School Teacher
  • School Administrator
  • Social Services Specialist
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Youth Program Director
  • Youth Specialist for Nonprofit Organization
  • Middle School Geography Teacher
  • Middle School History Teacher
  • Middle School Mathematics Teacher
  • Middle School Science Teacher
  • Middle School Social Studies Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher
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