Middle School Education

Middle School Major

WHY MAJOR IN MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATION?

Teachers at the Middle School level have a unique role in education. Focusing on a specific subject area, they help young people in grades 5–8 transition toward adulthood. If you would like to be part of the development of young adolescents, then you may be interested in putting your love of a particular subject to work in a middle school.

The middle school teacher preparation program at Gordon College is well established and maintains a close relationship with the New England League of Middle Schools. In addition, with a dual student teaching practicum, it is also possible to gain licensure for grades 5–8 and 9–12 in your content field.

HOW DO I CHOOSE MY SECOND MAJOR?

As a Middle School Education major, you will choose a subject matter second major from the liberal arts, which allows you to become a highly qualified, well-rounded, licensed educator. Advisors from the Education Department will work closely with you on a four-year course plan, so you will be able to complete two majors in your undergraduate studies.

Acceptable double major options:

Art Chemistry French History Physics
Biology English German  Mathematics Spanish

SHOULD I ADD A CONCENTRATION?

A concentration allows you to hone specific teaching skills and study a detailed field within your major. You may choose to add a concentration in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) or Special Education. Adding either concentration allows you to earn a second license as an undergraduate student—meaning you could graduate with two majors and two licenses in the time that most college students are earning a single degree. This makes a Gordon-trained teacher a valuable asset right away—part of the reason Gordon’s Education Department achieves 100 percent job placement.

You may wonder if you can earn three licenses at the same time. Keep in mind that each license adds more coursework. Entering Gordon with AP credit, community college credit, or validating up to two semesters of foreign language frees space for taking other courses toward earning a concentration. You may also choose to take courses during summer term or off campus near your home in the summer. Online courses are an option too. There are plenty of choices available to you.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR IN MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATION

EDU 118 Schools in Society
EDU 226 Adolescent Development and Learning
EDU 238 The Exceptional Child
EDU 310 Middle School: Philosophy and Organization
EDU 352 Teaching Literacy in the Content Areas
EDU 420 Middle School: Methods and Curriculum
EDU 439 Classroom Management: Middle/Secondary
EDU 483 Middle School Practicum

 

MASTER'S DEGREE

Earning a master’s degree is an opportunity to study and specialize in a new area. A master’s degree through the Gordon graduate program will prepare you to become a reading specialist, math specialist or principal.