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Middle School-Junior High School, BSE - Language Arts Concentration

Embrace the Challenge

Teaching middle school is both challenging and rewarding. With a Language Arts concentration in the BSE in Middle School-Junior High School degree, you will benefit from clinical (hands on, in actual middle school classrooms) learning through a sequence of field experiences designed to foster professional and personal growth and development. You will have many choices in literature coursework from American, to British, and world literature, as well as courses designed specifically to teaching reading at the middle level. Should you decide to continue on toward graduate education, the theory and practical application you acquire in this program translate directly to your success.

High Employment Rates

Middle School/Junior High School BSE 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 students 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)


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