Middle Grades Education (6-9)

Middle Grades Education

If you are considering a rewarding and challenging occupation in the field of Education, pursuing a teaching certificate in the Middle Grades from Methodist University will provide great flexibility and job marketability over the life of your career. At Methodist, we offer two degree concentrations. Students may also select from among four of the following content areas: mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts. These content areas are combined to allow choices for any combination of two, which allows for a total of 12 unique programs. This design enables students to select content areas of interest and to build upon their given strengths. Students will enter the profession, solid in their content knowledge, in two disciplines, and well prepared as a Facilitative Teacher from Methodist University’s professional education core classes.

Additionally, a certified, highly qualified middle grades teacher (grades 6-9) is a rare and much sought after commodity in school systems throughout the country. As a Middle Grades Education major at Methodist University, you are trained in compliance with state and national standards. Through courses such as Human Growth and Development, Educational Psychology, and Middle School Methods, you learn how preteens and early teens think. You come to understand adolescent students in their emotional, physical, psychosocial and intellectual development, and learn how to teach, respect and motivate them through their most formative years. Through field experiences in local schools, lab work, lectures, participative interaction, case analysis and student teaching, you perfect your own personal style of teaching. You will have an opportunity to learn the latest advances in educational technology in our computer labs, and educational technology classrooms.

For the candidate seeking Middle Grades Education, Methodist University’s Professional Education Faculty offers a combined experience of over 100 years. Students learn in a supportive, caring climate, where students are known by their first names, and given individualized attention. Methodist University’s Education Department will ensure that you are highly qualified and enabled to enter the teaching profession with confidence and the assurance needed to champion a successful and fulfilling career as a Middle Grades Educator.

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Major Requirements

Candidates seeking Middle Grades licensure must choose TWO concentrations.

Language Arts

The Middle Grades Language Arts concentration consists of 21 s.h. and is distributed as follows:

Survey Courses

9 s.h. from the following:

  • ENG 2110 English Literature I (3 s.h.)
  • ENG 2120 English Literature II (3 s.h.)
  • ENG 2210 Survey of American Literature I (3 s.h.)
  • ENG 2220 Survey of American Literature II (3 s.h.)
  • ENG 2310 Survey of World Literature I (3 s.h.)
  • ENG 2320 Survey of World Literature II (3 s.h.)

Advanced Writing Courses

  • ENG 3220 Advanced Grammar (3 s.h.)
  • ENG 3230 Advanced Expository Writing (3 s.h.)

English Electives

6 s.h. from the following:

  • ENG 3420 Women’s Literature (3 s.h.)
  • ENG 3440 American Diversity (3 s.h.)
  • ENG 3500 African-American Literature (3 s.h.)
  • ENG 3710 Chaucer (3 s.h.)
  • ENG 3740 Shakespeare (3 s.h.)
  • ENG 3820 Nineteenth-Century American Literature (3 s.h.)
  • ENG 3920 Nineteenth-Century British Literature (3 s.h.)
  • ENG 4020 Modernist Literature (3 s.h.)
  • ENG 4040 Myth and Culture (3 s.h.)
  • ENG 4140 Literature of the South (3 s.h.)


The Mathematics concentration consists of 24 s.h. and is distributed as follows:

  • MAT 1130 Pre-Calculus I (3 s.h.)
  • MAT 1140 Pre-Calculus II (3 s.h.)
  • MAT 2200 Applied Statistics (3 s.h.)
  • MAT 2310 Calculus I (3 s.h.)
  • MAT 2320 Calculus II (3 s.h.)
  • MAT 2500 Discrete Mathematics I (3 s.h.)
  • MAT 3150 Modern College Geometry (3 s.h.)

Mathematics Elective

Select one course (3 s.h.) from the following:

  • MAT 3050 The History of Mathematics (3 s.h.)
  • MAT 3090 Calculus III (3 s.h.)
  • MAT 3120 Linear Algebra (3 s.h.)
  • MAT 3200 Probability and Statistics (3 s.h.)

An additional 3 s.h from the following:

  • MAT 3050 The History of Mathematics (3 s.h.)
  • MAT 3090 Calculus III (3 s.h.)
  • MAT 3120 Linear Algebra (3 s.h.)
  • MAT 3200 Probability and Statistics (3 s.h.)


The Middle Grades Science concentration consists of 28 s.h. and is distributed as follows:

  • BIO 1530 Fundamentals of Biology I: Introduction to Cellular Biology (4 s.h.)
  • CHE 1510 General Chemistry I (4 s.h.)
  • GLY 1600 Physical Geology (4 s.h.)
  • GLY 2000 Physical Oceanography and Meteorology (4 s.h.)
  • GLY 3000 Planetary Geology and Astronomy (4 s.h.)
  • PHY 1510 General Physics I (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 2430 Introductory Zoology OR BIO 2440 Introductory Botany (4 s.h.)

Social Studies

The Middle Grades Social Studies concentration consists of 24 s.h. and is distributed as follows:

  • HIS 1030 World History I (3 s.h.)
  • HIS 1040 World History II (3 s.h.)
  • HIS 2010 United States History I (3 s.h.)
  • HIS 2020 United States History II (3 s.h.)
  • HIS 3620 History of North Carolina (3 s.h.)
  • HIS 3700 Contemporary World History (3 s.h.)
  • One additional HIS at the 3000/4000-level (3 s.h.)
  • ECO 1510 Principles of Macroeconomics OR ECO 1520 Principles of Microeconomics (3 s.h.)

Professional Licensure Requirements

  • EDU 2000 Human Growth & Development (3 s.h.)
  • EDU 2400 Instructional Technology (3 s.h.)
  • EDU 2420 Field Experience II (1 s.h.)
  • EDU 2510 Foundations of Education (4 s.h.)
  • EDU 3300* Educational Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • EDU 3420* Field Experience III (2 s.h.)
  • EDU 4070** Professional Orientation (2 s.h.)
  • EDU 4470* Middle Grades Methods (3 s.h.)
  • EDU 4190* Seminar In Positive Behavior Development (3 s.h.)
  • EDU 4200* Reading & Writing in the Content Areas (6-8, 9-12, K-12) (3 s.h.)
  • EDU 4210** Student Teaching (10 s.h.)
  • EDU 4500** Seminar in Education (2 s.h.)
  • SPE 2550 Educating Diverse Populations (3 s.h.)
  • EDU 3620* Literature for Adolescents (Language Arts Concentration only) (3 s.h.)

*see course descriptions for prerequisites
**taken during the student teaching semester

NC State Board of Education Complaint Process

The North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE) has jurisdiction to investigate allegations of noncompliance regarding specific laws and rules. Complaints may address Educator Preparation Program requirements set forth in Article 15(D) of Chapter 115C. The SBE does not have jurisdiction over complaints related to contractual arrangements with an EPP, commercial issues, obtaining a higher grade or credit for training, or seeking reinstatement to an EPP. All complaints filed with the SBE must be in writing. A person or entity may file a written complaint with SBE by filling out a complaint form and submitting online and/or mailing or faxing a hard copy to the address on the form.

Contact the Program Coordinator

Erben, Vickie

Vickie Erben, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Education; Coordinator, Middle Grades Education
(910) 630-7489
Hendricks 226
Erben, Vickie
Vickie Erben, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Education; Coordinator, Middle Grades Education

B.A., Methodist College; M.A., Campbell University

(910) 630-7489
Hendricks 226