Middle level students present special challenges as they transition from childhood to adolescence. The Middle Level Teacher Area of Concentration allows a practicing teacher to obtain a certificate in teaching grades 5-9 in the State of Missouri within the 30 credit hour Master of Arts in Education. Courses are theory-based with practical applications for the classroom and schools. The certification courses follow the guidelines of the National Middle School Association. The 30-credit course of study described below presumes teachers hold a valid Missouri Teaching Certificate and twenty-one hours in an academic area of concentration.
Choose 12 credit hours from other master’s courses in consultation with your adviser. The state of Missouri requires the following courses for middle level certification if you have not taken them previously: