2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    May 20, 2024  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Middle School Education English/Language Arts Education (Grades 5-9) and English, Double Major, B.A.

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Students who wish to teach language arts in grades 5-9 at the middle school level enter the middle-level teacher preparation program. The program provides a double major in education and English, involving extensive professional education courses in addition to content area coursework.  All teacher preparation programs also involve extensive experiences in partner schools.


General Education Requirements

A minimum of 51 credit hours of general education courses is required for the Middle School English Education and English double major B.A. degree. Some of these credits may come from electives chosen to meet content area requirements. Some of the courses listed below are required to fulfill the general education requirements and others may be used as electives. Other courses not listed below may also be considered to fulfill electives that comprise the General Education requirements. General Education courses must meet the following criteria:

Humanities - Fine Arts Elective (Music, Art, Performance - 3 hours), Literature Elective - 3 hours, Multi-Cultural Elective - (Study Abroad, Foreign Language, other - 3 hours), Philosophy Elective - 3 hours, and HUM 101 - (3 hours) = Total 15 hours

Literacy - (ENG 101 Writing I and ENG 104 Writing II required) = Total 6 hours

Mathematics - MATH 207, 116 OR117, AND Math 208 = Total 6 hours

Science - SCI 131 OR 132, AND SCI Elective with Lab or Lab Experience =Total 6-7 hours

Social Science - EDUC 220, HIST 121 OR 122, PSCI 101, and PSYC 254 = Total 12 hours

Electives -6 hours: EDUC 100 - Introduction to Schooling or its equivalent is required of all freshman education majors and strongly recommended as an elective for all other education majors.  All freshmen are also required to take INTD 101 - University Seminar. 

Please work with your life coach and faculty mentor to determine which of the listed general education courses are appropriate for you.

Practicum Experiences (20 Hours)

Education majors spend a considerable amount of time in schools gaining firsthand classroom experience with students. Beginning in the sophomore year, all education students are required to complete a practicum experience each semester, with increasingly rigorous expectations regarding student interactions, lesson planning and delivery, and collaboration with professional educators in the field. These experiences build upon one another to provide teacher candidates with exposure to students from multiple grade levels in diverse schools and districts, as well as to a wide variety of teaching/learning opportunities in real-world settings. These practicum experiences culminate in student teaching experience in the final semester if he initial teacher preparation program.

Content Requirements

Teacher candidates wishing to teach English Language Arts at the middle school level earn a double major in English from Maryville University. Candidates must earn a minimum of 39 credit hours in English with 27 of those hours taken at the 300 level or above. Courses listed below are required for the double major in addition to a number of electives from the following categories:

Composition and Rhetoric

Study of the English Language (modern grammar, history of language, and/or other dialects)

American Literature

English Literature

World Literature

Teacher candidates are required to earn at least a 3.0 GPA in the content area with a minimum GPA of 2.75 overall to be eligible for endorsement for teacher certification.


Please work closely with your life coach and faculty mentor(s) to ensure all content area requirements for the double major are satisfied.

Recommended Electives

EDUC 100 - Introduction to Education, EDUC 668 - Behavior Management, and EDUC 616 - Differentiating for All Learners are strongly recommended as electives for all education majors. Ideally, EDUC 100 should be taken in the fall of the freshman year. EDUC 668 and 616 should be taken in the senior year.

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