Open Calendar
A teacher and a middle school student looking at a computer screen


Click to print this page

Middle School Education

Learn to connect with, lead and educate young people at one of the most critical junctions of their lives. At the University of Central Missouri’s Department of Middle School Education, you’ll gain the training and hands-on experience you need for this special, satisfying career.

UCM’s Middle School Education programs are accredited by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) and updated regularly in response to the changing needs of school districts statewide. Develop confidence in your content areas and teaching skills and be ready to meet the realities of teaching in today’s classrooms. 

Middle School Education offers seven content specialization areas

  • Business: Today’s students are savvier than ever, eager to take charge of their own future. Learn how to guide their interests and ambition as a middle school business education teacher.
  • English Language Arts: Inspire students with your love of language while teaching them essential communication and critical thinking skills. Be the English teacher every student wants to have.
  • Industrial Technology: Help shape the future by guiding young people as they develop their interest in and knowledge of engineering and industrial technology. Our accredited program is the only one in Missouri recognized by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association.
  • Math: Empower middle school students with critical thinking and problem-solving skills they’ll use to overcome challenges and thrive in and out of the classroom.
  • Science: Use your role as a middle school science teacher to ignite your students’ curiosity about the world around us and teach them observational and investigative skills that will serve them throughout their lives.
  • Social Studies: Use your passion for history or current events to educate young people about the world and their role in it. You’ll influence generations of citizens and leaders.
  • Speech/Theatre: Channel your energy for performance or public speaking in the classroom to boost your students’ confidence, self-expression and communication skills for their lifelong benefit.
Faculty icon
Learn more icon
Request Info
Visit icon
Apply icon


Dr. Christi Richardson
Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator
Lovinger 2100D
Warrensburg, MO
Tel: 660-543-8387

College of Education

Department of Early, Elementary, Middle and Physical Education

College of Education Blog


An icon of a person and three stars

2022 Best Value (College Factual)

AMLE accreditation logo

Nationally accredited by AMLE

An icon of a person and dollar sign

Affordable, respected education degrees

An icon of a person with options surrounding them

Close-knit, supportive programs

An icon of a person walking up stairs with a breifcase

Outstanding job placement

A teacher in front of a class

Ample in-classroom teaching experience

Find your Middle School Education future at UCM

Master your content area and gain the knowledge, skills and experience to be an effective middle school teacher through UCM’s time-tested programs. Opportunities to observe and work in local classrooms begin your sophomore year. The University of Central Missouri provides ready access to a variety of urban, suburban and rural school districts, so that prospective teachers can experience a range of teaching environments.

UCM’s Middle School Education programs are close-knit and welcoming. Our students support one another and our experienced, caring faculty truly care about your well-being and success. 

You’ll find many ways to connect with new friends and build a lasting professional network, beginning with these UCM groups ideal for future middle school teachers:

  • Student Missouri State Teacher Association
  • Leading Educators Advocating for Diversity
  • Kappa Delta Pi, an honor society for education


What can you do with a degree in one of UCM’s Middle School Education programs?

Earning your Bachelor of Education degree from a UCM Middle School Education program is unparalleled preparation for work as a classroom teacher for grades 5–8. Our programs qualify you to teach within Missouri and leave you well-prepared to sit for teacher certification in other states.

You can expect to find employment as soon as you receive your degree — or even before. Our high standards and history of excellence have earned UCM the trust of schools statewide, leading them to reach out to us whenever they need new teachers. You may also form connections through your extensive fieldwork over the course of your degree program that lead to job opportunities.

Many middle school teachers return to the University of Central Missouri for advanced study.




Request Info   Visit   Apply Today!




  • facebook
  • twitter
  • youtube
  • linkedin
  • instagram