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Curriculum, Elementary Education: The Middle Years (4–8)

Program Highlight

Healthy Me

Healthy Me Program

“Healthy Me” is a collaborative program designed to promote healthy living and wellness practices for sixth-grade students from Stetser Elementary School and the community. Sophomore teacher candidates and senior nursing students participate as part of the service-learning requirements for their coursework. Learn more.

A student majoring in elementary education: the middle years will become a specialist in one academic area of language arts, social studies, science, or math and become a generalist in the remaining areas. This enables the teacher candidate to become certified to teach grades 4, 5, and 6 as a generalist and teach for the subject area or areas of concentration in grades 7 and 8.


Students in this program take 51–54 credits in education courses and the remaining (72.5–78) credits in the arts and sciences (humanities, social sciences, science) with special emphasis on the area of specialty. 

A 14-week student teaching semester is required for all candidates in their senior year. This classroom experience is under the supervision of a professor from the teacher education program and also experienced teachers from local cooperating schools.

Sample Courses

View a selection of courses students typically take in the middle years education program. 

ED 1221 Implementing the Middle School Curriculum

This course provides middle school teacher candidates with a framework for understanding the unique philosophy of middle level education and its impact on program structure and curriculum design at that level. Emphases include curriculum theory, traditional and alternative models for middle level curricula, as well as research, trends, and current issues in middle school education.

ED 1222 Adolescent Literacy

This course surveys adolescent literacy. The course emphasizes extensive reading and evaluation of literature appropriate for adolescent students in grades 6 through 12 or ages 11–18, developing criteria for selecting and using literature to match developmental stages, and analysis and discussion of issues in this field. 

For more information about the courses and requirements, please refer to page 98 in our course catalog