Jun 27, 2022  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Middle Education, Grades Six Through Eight Master’s Level Licensure

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Middle Grades Education

The middle grades education major is an undergraduate program designed to develop content-area teachers of grades 6-8. In middle grades education, students learn the developmental characteristics of students aged 10 to 14; the social, emotional, physical and intellectual abilities and needs of diverse middle school students; and the design of appropriate cross-disciplinary curriculum and instruction while completing multiple field experiences in local middle school classrooms. The middle grades education major and approved licensure area minors are necessary to receive a recommendation through JMU for a teaching license at the middle school level. 

The middle grades education major provides students with course offerings and experiences that form the required foundation for licensure in middle education through James Madison University. Students major in middle grades education while completing licensure area minors/content areas in a discipline closely associated with the desired teaching area. The state approved licensure areas in middle education are English, mathematics, science and social studies. Students must earn licensure in one content area; it is also possible to work toward licensure in two content areas. In most cases, licensure courses may be counted towards a minor. Licensure endorsements for specialized teaching areas (e.g., algebra I, journalism, TESOL, gifted education) are available as add-on programs. Students interested in pursuing any licensure option must consult with a middle grades education adviser regarding requirements and scheduling.

For successful completion of the middle grades education major, students must earn a grade of “B-” or better in all major courses offered through the College of Education. Satisfactory completion of both the middle grades education major and licensure area minor are necessary to receive a recommendation through JMU for a teaching license

Students should consult with a middle grades education adviser as soon as possible (e.g., in the first year) to obtain information concerning completion of the major and other requirements. In addition to declaring the middle grades education major, students must apply for and meet the requirements for admission to Teacher Education. Students must be fully admitted to Teacher Education prior to registering for MSSE 240.

Note: Actual teacher licensure requirements may differ from the listed catalog requirements because of changes enacted by the Virginia Department of Education and/or national accrediting agencies. Students are encouraged to confer regularly with their adviser to determine their progress toward graduation.


B.A./B.S. Undergraduate Degree Requirements


  • General Education  46 Credit Hours 1
  • Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Major 36-42 Credit Hours
  • Pre-Professional Studies in Education M.A.T. Program 37 Credit Hours
  • Graduate Level Professional Studies 32 Credit Hours

Total: 151-157 Credit Hours


1 The General Education  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Recommended Schedule for Middle Education

Additional Information

Students must declare the middle education pre-professional licensure program and be fully admitted into teacher education prior to enrolling in the remaining courses. Contact the MSME department office to determine the requirements for admission to teacher education. The first three courses listed are corequisite offerings and must be completed before enrolling in the next two courses which are also corequisites.

Total: 37 Credit Hours


1 Students are responsible for transportation to field placements at local schools.

2 Choose practicum to correlate with the two content 470 courses. Students complete course twice in appropriate content for a total of six credit hours.

Graduate Courses

Candidates beginning the graduate portion of the program must meet all graduate school requirements and criteria for admission (e.g., 2.7 or higher GPA, passing Praxis Subject Assessment scores); it is expected that candidates will complete the graduate admission process early in their senior year. In addition, candidates must meet all graduate level graduation requirements (culminating teaching project, etc.). See the Graduate Catalog for additional details.

Required Courses

  • EDUC 540. Educational Technology 3 Credit Hours
  • EXED 512. Behavior Management in the Classroom 3 Credit Hours
  • MIED 610. Collaborative Leadership in Schools 3 Credit Hours
  • MIED 620. Assessment in Middle Education 3 Credit Hours
  • MSSE 630. Inquiry in the Classroom 3 Credit Hours
  • MIED 656. Seminar in Middle Education 3 Credit Hours
  • MSSE 690. Internship in Middle Education 8 Credit Hours
  • MSSE 650. Internship Seminar 3 Credit Hours
  • Approved graduate-level elective 3 Credit Hours

Total: 32 Credit Hours

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