Middle School teachers continue to be in demand as
veteran teachers prepare for retirement. Teacher education programs
for Middle School education degrees and licensure focus on comprehensive
curriculum content and pedagogical practices to prepare future teachers
for teaching any grade level 5th – 8th grades.
works closely with universities to design the Associate of Arts degree
options which meet their specific entrance requirements.
There are several different routes to earn licensure for teaching 5th – 8th
One is to complete a Secondary Education bachelor
degree in a specific area of study (math, biology, chemistry, physics,
social studies, English, etc) for grades 6 to 12.
Another option is to complete the Elementary
Education Bachelor degree then add on the 24 hour course requirements
needed to teach a specific area of study at the 5th-8th grade level – called
an “endorsement.” This would be done during the completion
of the bachelor degree requirements at the four year college/university.
Some universities do offer degree programs which focus specifically
on 5th – 8th grades but require the teacher candidate to choose
two areas of study, for example math/science or language arts/social
studies. In all of these cases, dual advising is recommended to ensure
proper course work for transfer.
A final option is to earn either a licensure in Secondary Education
or Elementary Education then take the professional exam in the content
area of interest for Middle School instruction. The licensure officer
at the four year school of transfer can assist you with this route.