Bachelor’s Degree in Middle School Education

  • Overview

    WPU’s Middle School Education program teaches you the skills needed to help children learn & grow at a critical time in their development. Choose your path: English, Social Studies, or Science.

    Through study and practice, you will plan and implement instruction in the classroom, working closely with your public school mentor and WPU supervisor in your middle school practicum and student teaching experience. Throughout the program, you will develop the skills in critical and reflective thinking, as well as the leadership and confidence, to manage your own classroom effectively.

    What is required to become a middle school teacher in North Carolina?

    Becoming a middle school teacher involves earning an education degree from an accredited degree program with coursework covering areas such as child development, classroom assessment, and student teaching as well as completing state licensure requirements. After completing their middle school education degree and teacher certification, some students go on to get a master’s degree.

    In addition to general coursework (social sciences, public speaking, real-world field experiences), future middle school teachers specialize in a subject area of interest. William Peace University offers three different specializations, with a focus on English, social studies, or becoming a science teacher.

    The program at William Peace University facilitates teacher preparation for the junior high/middle grades, so graduates are able to create a productive learning environment in any school setting. If you are looking for extensive, high-quality professional development to start your teaching career, then the middle school education major at WPU is for you!

    Select the courses tab above to review the requirements for each licensure program and to see which is the best fit for you!

    Scroll down to request information about admission requirements, financial aid, student outcomes, and more.




    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 Middle School Education

    Middle School Education Core Courses 43-50 credit hours
    EDU 201: Early Experiences for Prospective Teachers
    EDU 210: Instructional Technology
    EDU 250: Exceptionalities in Education
    EDU 354: Classroom Assessment
    EDU 365: Reading in the Content Area
    EDU 442: Practicum for Middle School Education
    EDU 451: Classroom Management in the 21st Century
    EDU 452: 21st Century Teacher Leadership
    EDU 475: Middle School and Secondary School Methods of Teaching
    EDU 480: Senior Seminar
    EDU 496: Student Teaching 12 credit hours
    ENG 312: Advanced Topics in Writing (for EDU Majors)
    PSY 310: Child and Adolescent Development


    Take the following Methods based on content area: 3-9 credit hours
    EDU 260: Studies in Children’s and Adolescent Literature (English/LA)
    EDU 302: Literacy Methods I (English/LA) (Optional but recommended)
    EDU 303: Methods of Social Studies (Social Studies)
    EDU 305: Methods of Science (Science)
    EDU 460: Literacy Methods II (English/LA)


    Middle School English/Language Arts Content Requirement for Licensure 24 credit hours
    ENG 211: Writing About British Literature Before 1700 or ENG 212: Writing About British Literature After 1700
    ENG 216: Writing About American Literature After 1700
    ENG 220: Writing About World Literature Before 1700 or ENG 221: Writing About World Literature After 1700
    ENG 478: Children’s Literature
    Four (4) additional 300-level or above ENG courses


    Middle School Social Studies Content Requirement for Licensure 24 credits hours
    HIS 103: World Civilizations I
    HIS 104: World Civilizations II
    HIS 201: The U.S. to 1865: “Becoming American”
    HIS 202: The U.S. since 1865: Myth, Memory, and History
    PSC 201: American Government
    Three (3) additional 300-level or above HIS courses


    Middle School Science Content Requirement for Licensure 24 credit hours
    BIO 101: Principles of Biology
    CHE 111: General Chemistry
    PHY 211: College Physics I or PHY 212: College Physics II
    Twelve (12) additional credit hours in any 200-level or above BIO, CHE, or
    PHY course


    Liberal Education Core Requirements 49 credit hours
    General Electives 0-4 credit hours
    Total Credit Hours for Bachelor of Arts in Middle School Education 120-123 credit hours
  • Faculty
    Amanda Bock, WPU professor.
    Associate Professor of Special Education; Program Director of Adapted Curriculum Licensure
    Associate Professor of Education; Department Chair of Education
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