Middle School Education

Be an effective school professional, a reflective change agent and an advocate for equity and excellence.

At Park University, you can launch your career as a teacher with a Bachelor of Science in Education with Missouri certification in middle school education. Completion of the certification process will enable you to teach at the middle school level in either public or private institutions in the state of Missouri.

Locations & Learning Options

As a student in our Bachelor of Science in Education in Middle School Education program, you’ll be required to take face-to-face classes at our Parkville, Missouri campus. This degree requires a minimum of 120 completed credit hours, including 61 hours of degree-specific core curriculum courses. Students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75—with no grade lower than a “C” allowed in the education core. Refer to your catalog for a complete listing of coursework and requirements for this degree.

  • Parkville, MO

B.S.E. MAJOR — 61 HOURS, 2.75 CUMULATIVE; 3.00

CONTENT; AND 3.00 PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION GPA NO GRADE LOWER THAN A “C” IN EDUCATION CORE.

Students seeking middle school certification must select one area listed below.

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Science

PROFESSIONAL CURRICULUM

EDU 203 Educational Psychology ………………………….3 cr.

EDU 207 Technology in Education ………………………..3 cr.

EDU 220 Development and Learning, Birth through Adolescence ………………………3 cr.

EDU 300 Writing in Education ……………………………..3 cr.

EDU 310 Issues in Diversity & World Cultures ………..3 cr.

EDU 345 Teaching Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Learners ……………………..3 cr.

EDU 347 Family, School and Community Collaboration ……………………..3 cr.

LE 300X The Interdependence of Schools and Society ……………………………….3 cr.

Admission to the School—Certification Program required for enrollment in the following EDM/EDU courses

EDM 352 Building an Effective, Equitable Learning Environment ……………..3 cr.

EDM 358 Reading & Writing in the Content Area ……3 cr.

EDM 360A Field Experience I ………………………………….2 cr.

EDM 360B Field Experience II …………………………………2 cr.

EDM 395 Methodology in Teaching Content Area ……3 cr.

EDM 410 Field Experience III ……………………………..12 cr.

EDU 351 Strategies for Higher-Order Learning ………..3 cr.

EDU 362 Observation, Assessment and Data-based Decision Making …………………..3 cr.

EDU 375 Exceptional Children and Differentiated Learning ………………………….3 cr.

EDU 384 Meeting Literacy Needs of All Learners ……..3 cr.

TOTAL ……………………………………………..61 cr.

Because there are specific general education and subject area courses required for graduation from Park University and for teacher certification in the state of Missouri, it is imperative the student speak with his or her advisor regarding these requirements prior to enrollment. (i.e., admission within the program and exit) are subject to change as per the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Areas of Certification (Students must choose one area of certification)

Language Arts

EN 201 Introduction to Literature ……………………….3 cr.

EN 205 Introduction to English Studies ……………….3 cr.

EN 221 African-American Literature ……………………3 cr.

EN 232 Introduction to Poetry ……………………………3 cr.

EN 318 Later American Literature ……………………….3 cr.

EN 351 Classical Foundations of Literature …………..3 cr.

EN 354 Reading and Writing Nonfiction Prose ……..3 cr.

EDU 300 Writing in Education ……………………………..3 cr.

Mathematics

MA 110 Geometry for Teachers …………………………. 3 cr.

MA 120 Statistics ……………………………………………. 3 cr.

MA 160 Precalculus Mathematics ………………………. 3 cr.

MA 221 Calculus and Analytic Geometry for Major I ……………… 5 cr.

MA 222 Calculus and Analytic Geometry for Majors II……………. 5 cr.

MA 223 Calculus and Analytic Geometry for Major III …………… 3 cr.

MA 311 Linear Algebra ……………………………………. 3 cr.

Science

CH 107 General Chemistry w/Lab …………………….. 4 cr.

BIO 221 Zoology w/Lab …………………………………… 4 cr.

BIO 225 Botany w/Lab …………………………………….. 4 cr.

GO 130 Astronomy w/Lab ……………………………….. 4 cr.

GO 141 Physical Geology w/Lab ……………………….. 4 cr.

PY 155 Concepts of Physics I w/Lab …………………. 4 cr.

Social Science

EC 141 Principles of Macroeconomics

-OR- …………………………………………………. 3 cr.

EC 142 Principles of Microeconomics

HIS 104 Am. His. Survey Through the Civil War

-OR- ………………………………………………… 3 cr.

HIS 105 Am. His. Survey Since the Civil War

PO 200 American National Government. …………… 3 cr.

PO 210 Comparative Political Systems ………………. 3 cr.

GGH 110 Cultural Geography …………………………….. 3 cr.

Select six credits from the following: …………………………… 6 cr.

HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 113

An American, World, or similar Geography course……… 3 cr

All students, including both degree-seeking certification and certification only, must apply for admission and meet admission requirements of the School of Education.

School of Education Admission Requirements and Procedures

As a middle school educator, you can be a reflective change agent, an expert in collaborative problem-solving and critical inquiry, a thinker, a leader and an innovator.

At the Park University School of Education, we are committed to preparing the next generation of educators to be effective teachers, community leaders, change agents in their schools and advocates for learners. As a student in our Bachelor of Science in Education in Middle School Education degree program, you will develop as an effective school professional, a reflective change agent, and an advocate for equity and excellence for all learners.

Areas of Certification

Students seeking middle school certification must select one of the following areas:

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Science
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Program Highlights

When you pursue a Bachelor of Science in Education in Middle School Education at Park University, you will study a range of philosophical, historical and modern methodological approaches to education. You will have the opportunity for extensive field-based experiences, including a variety of in-school activities, which culminate in student teaching. Because many education courses require out-of-classroom and off campus visits to learning facilities, you should be prepared to provide your own transportation in this program.

Dr. Georgina Chambers

Assistant Professor of Education
gchambers@park.edu

Dr. Donna (Dong) Choi

Professor of Early Childhood Education
dong.choi@park.edu

Dr. Linda Seybert

Associate Professor of Education
linda.seybert@park.edu

Dr. Brant Winn

Director of Field Experience
brant.winn@park.edu

Related programs

Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.