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Middle School - Junior High School

Language Arts Subject Area, Bachelor of Science in Education Degree

Students who plan to teach at the middle school level have a program designed especially to prepare them 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 both Language Arts and another subject area (Business Education, Technology and Engineering, Science, Math, Social Science, and Speech/Theatre) in grades five through nine.

According to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), UCM is "one of the premier teacher education institutions in the state," and has a 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. 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 decisionmaking skills. Program expectations have been derived from consultation with practitioners and review of recommendations of appropriate professional groups.

Clinical Experiences

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.

International Opportunities

Students in the Department of Educational Foundations and Literacy may choose to participate in several international study experiences. A semester in Sweden gives students an excellent introduction to education in this country. 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.

Student Involvement

Membership in the Student Missouri State Teachers Association is available to all education students. Specialized organizations, the Student Reading Council of the International Reading Association, Association for Childhood Education International, and the Collegiate Middle Level Association, provide aspiring teachers with practical career and professional information. UCM also has a chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, a national honorary fraternity. In addition, Leading Educator Advocates for Diversity and the Latino Student Union attract diverse students to the teaching profession.

Teacher Education

Admission Candidates seeking an initial teaching certificate who meet departmental requirements are admitted to the teacher education program when they have completed 48 semester hours of college credit. After completing 90 hours and meeting additional requirements, students are admitted to the professional education semester and the student teaching portion of the program.

UCM's Middle School program is designed to develop each student's knowledge and skills in teaching the middle level learner. Students are systematically placed in diverse middle school field experiences to acquire the experience necessary for a successful career in teaching.

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