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Middle School - Junior High School
Speech/Theatre Subject Area, Bachelor of Science in Education Degree
Students who plan to teach at the middle school level have a program prepared especially for teaching students in grades five through nine. This program is designed to meet national and state standards, including two teaching areas and a beneficial sequence of field experiences. The Bachelor of Science in Education degree, with a major in middle school-junior high school education, certifies graduates to teach two subject areas (Business Education, Technology and Engineering, Language Arts, Science, Math, Social Science, and Speech/Theatre) in grades five through nine.
According to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), UCM has the reputation for preparing some of the finest teachers in the classroom today. Full accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and DESE provides further verification of high quality. In addition our program has been nationally recognized by our specialized professional association: the Association of Middle Level Education (amle.org). Central Missouri's programs meet all Missouri certification requirements.
UCM's teacher education program prepares teachers to be competent, caring, reflective practitioners committed to the premise that all can learn. Graduates are well grounded in general, major, and professional knowledge and skills that are guided by performance standards and assessments, including development of reflective decision-making skills. Program expectations have been derived from consultation with practitioners and reviewed annually by the Middle School Advisor Board.
Pre-service teachers complete a series of field experiences in the sophomore, junior, and senior years. Their junior and senior years, they participate in professional development school experiences that are co-designed and taught by school practitioners and university faculty. The culminating experience is student teaching.
Students in the Department of Educational Foundations and Literacy may choose to participate in several international study experiences. Students may also participate in the full range of international study opportunities offered by the Office of International Programs.
About the Faculty
Department middle school faculty members all have public school teaching experience and are qualified teachers who engage regularly in a number of schoolbased programs, conduct in-service workshops and present papers at international, national and state conferences. Middle school faculty serve as advisors on several Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education committees.
Membership in the Student Missouri State Teachers Association is available to all education students. Specialized organizations, like the Collegiate Middle Level Association, provide aspiring teachers with practical career and professional information. UCM also has a chapter of Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi, both national honorary fraternities. In addition, Leading Educator Advocates for Diversity and the Latino Student Union attract diverse students to the teaching profession.
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Department of Educational
Foundations and Literacy