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Middle School-Junior High School, BSE - General Science Concentration

Embrace the Challenge

Teaching middle school is both challenging and rewarding. With a General Science concentration in the BSE in Middle School-Junior High School degree program, you'll work in well-equipped, modern laboratories as well as experience field-based education that teaches and reinforces educational theories while you observe and engage with students. You will develop the knowledge, skills, and attitude to become an accomplished teacher for the 21st century. Through student involvement, service-learning projects, and small class sizes, you will work directly with faculty and collaborate with peers, which translates directly to your success.

Be In Demand

Middle School majors have one of the highest employment rates in teacher education among UCM graduates. The teacher education program will prepare you to be a competent, caring, reflective teacher committed to the premise that all can learn.

Student Learning Objectives

You will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the Middle School/Junior High School program to:

  • Apply knowledge when making curricular decisions, planning and implementing instruction, participating in middle level practices, and providing healthy and effective learning environments for all young adolescents.
  • Use knowledge and available resources to design, implement, and evaluate challenging, developmentally responsive curriculum that results in meaningful learning outcomes.
  • Define the developmentally responsive middle level programs and schools, and they work successfully within middle level organizational components.
  • Use and reflect on research related to data-informed instruction and assessment. Employ a variety of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies, information literacy skills, and technologies to meet the learning needs of all young adolescents.
  • Engage in practices and behaviors that develop their competence as middle level professionals. Demonstrate positive dispositions and engage in ethical professional behaviors.

Student Involvement

You will have multiple opportunities to be involved both on and off campus:

  • Student Missouri State Teachers Association
  • Collegiate Middle Level Association
  • Kappa Delta Pi
  • Phi Kappa Phi



UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri


This program has been nationally recognized by the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE)


UCM’s Science Education programs are recognized by National Association of Science Teachers (NSTA)


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