Education: Middle School Science

  • Overview

    The middle school years are a fascinating period of discovery for adolescents. What better way to share your passion for science than by teaching students so able and eager to learn?

    The speed with which young adolescents’s brains develop makes teaching them both a challenge and a joy. As a Middle School Science Education major at WPU, you will learn to integrate various methods and theories to create learning environments where different types of students are engaged and inspired to excel. At the same time, you will become well versed in the subject matter of the North Carolina Middle School Science curriculum through courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The program culminates in hands-on experience in the form of a practicum and student teaching assignment, where you will be mentored by a licensed teacher as you learn to manage daily challenges and develop leadership skills.

    Study Middle School Science at WPU
    Learn the skills to become a world-class educator, getting hands-on experience in the classroom with Wake County Public Schools
  • Courses

    The courses listed below are for the Academic Catalog and are subject to change. Please reference the Academic Catalog for further information and course descriptions. If you are a current student, please reference the catalog in which you come under.

    Bachelor of Arts in Education, Middle School English


    To be admitted to the program in the fall of the Junior year, ALL students must pass Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators with a score of: Reading (126), Writing (162) and Math (150) or a cumulative score of (486)

    Liberal Education Requirements                49 hours
    Education Core Courses 43 hours
    Required Courses for MS Licensure 3 hours
    English/Language Arts Concentration 24 hours
    Total Credits for a B.A. in Education with Middle School Licensure 120 hours


    Required Courses for MS Licensure
    3 credit hours
    PSY 310 Child and Adolescent Dev. 3


    Education Core Courses
    43 credit hours
    EDU 201:  Early Experiences for Prospective Teachers 3
    EDU 250:  Exceptionalities in Education 3
    EDU 305: Science Methods 3
    EDU 310: Instructional Technology 3
    EDU 332:  Practicum for Middle School 1
    EDU 351: Classroom Management in the 21st Century Classroom 3
    EDU 402:  Classroom Assessment 3
    EDU 452:  21st Century Teacher Leadership 3
    EDU 465:  Reading in the Content Area 3
    EDU 475:  Methods of Teaching Middle School and High School 3
    EDU 480: Senior Seminar 2
    EDU 496:  Student Teaching 13


    Science Concentration
    24 credit hours
    BIO 101 Principles of Biology 4
    CHE 111 General Chemistry 4
    PHY 211 College Physics I 4
    PHY 212 College Physics II 4
    8 hours in any 200 or 300 level PHY, CHE, or BIO course 8
  • Faculty
    Jennifer Russell, WPU professor.
    Department Chair and Associate Professor of Education
    Amanda Bock, WPU professor.
    ​Assistant Professor of Special Education
    Robin Vincent, WPU professor.
    Assistant Professor of Education and Field Placement Coordinator
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