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Academic Emphasis Component for Middle School (5-9)

Students pursuing Middle School Certification must select two Specialization Components:

1. Mathematics Studies—25 hours

    • MATH 130 Concepts of Mathematics for the Elementary and Middle School Teacher I
    • MATH 132 College Algebra
    • MATH 136 Pre-Calculus
    • MATH 140 Calculus I
    • MATH 230 Concepts of Mathematics for the Elementary and Middle School Teacher II
    • MATH 330 Geometry for the Elementary and Middle School Teacher
      or
      MATH 331 College Geometry
    • MATH 333 Middle School Math Methods
    • MATH 335 Introduction to Probability and Statistics

    A second option for the math specialization allows for the substitution of a secondary teaching major or minor in Mathematics that includes MATH 331, 334, and 335 plus a two-course sequence in mathematics for the elementary school teacher (i.e., MATH 130 & 230). No substitutions (except equivalent) may be made within the required courses specified above.

2. Science—26 hours Required Courses:

    • BIOL 133/113 Introduction to Population Biology/Laboratory
    • BIOL 134/114 Introduction to Cellular Biology/Laboratory
    • BIOL 246 Biodiversity
    • PHYS 241 Physics I
    • CHEM 132/ CHEM 111 General College Chemistry I/Laboratory

Electives

  • PHYS 140 Astronomy or PHYS 137/117 Physical Science/Lab
  • BIOL 231 Introduction to Environmental Science

Two courses (minimum 6 semester hours) at or above the 200-level and remaining hours in Biological, Physical, Earth Sciences, or Astronomy (including any other courses listed above not already selected).

No substitutions (except equivalent) may be made within the required courses specified above. Substitutions for any of the electives within this emphasis may be made only with the approval of the advisor in consultation with the chairperson of the department so concerned, and these substitutions must be 200-level or above courses.

3. English/Communications—24 hours

    • ENGL 131 English Composition I
    • ENGL 132 English Composition II
    • ENGL 337 Literature of Adolescence
    • COMM 230 Introduction to Public Speaking
    • ENGL 438 Advanced Writing or ENGL 439 Descriptive Linguistics
    • ENGL 334 American Literature through 1865
      or
      ENGL 335 American Literature since 1865

The remaining 6 hours may be chosen from

    • COMM 332 Small Group Communication in Organizations
    • COMM 432 Theories of Persuasion
    • ENGL 230 Literary Criticism
    • ENGL 431 Romantic Literature
    • ENGL 433 Women in Literature
    • ENGL 432 Studies in Modern Literature
    • ENGL 437 Studies in British and American Authors
      or
      Any of the options from choices above: ENGL 334-335, ENGL 438-439

    No substitutions (except equivalent) may be made within the required courses specified above. Substitutions for any of the electives within this emphasis may be made only with the approval of the advisor in consultation with the chairperson of the department so concerned, and these substitutions must be 300-level or above courses.

4. Social Studies—27 hours (minimum)

    • HIST 137 World Civilization to 1648
    • HIST 138 World Civilization since 1648
    • HIST 231 American History to 1877
    • HIST 232 American History since 1877
    • POLS 233 American National Government
    • GEOG 130 World Regional Geography
    • POLS 235 Introduction to International Relations
    • BADM135 Macroeconomics (Recommended)
      or
      BADM136 Microeconomics (Recommended)
    • SOCI 131 Introduction to Sociology

    No substitutions (except equivalent) may be made within the required courses specified above.

5. Special Education-Learning & Behavior Disabilities—27 hours

    • SPED 233 Survey of Individuals with Exceptionalities (P-12) 3 hrs
    • SPED 234 Special Education Instructional Programs (P-12) 3 hrs
    • SPED 237 Introduction to Effective Teaching– LBD (P-12) 3 hrs
    • SPED 331 Special Education Programs for Adolescents with Mild Disabilities (5-12) 3 hrs
    • SPED 238 Special Education Early Childhood 3 hrs
    • SPED 336 Educational Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities (P-12) Part I 3 hrs
    • SPED 337 Prescriptive Programming for Individuals with Disabilities (P-12) Part II 3 hrs
    • SPED 435 Special Education Methods and Materials (Mild Disabilities) P -12 3 hrs
    • SPED 436 Special Education Methods and Materials Emotional/Emotional Disabilities (P-12) 3 hrs

    No substitutions (except equivalent) may be made within the required courses specified above. The required application for certification in LBD must be submitted upon successful completion of the above.