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Middle School Education

Middle School Education

Do you have a passion for teaching and enjoy working with children and teenagers? Middle school students need teachers who understand the many changes they are experiencing as they transition between childhood and adulthood. Study middle school education at a university that has set itself up as one of the leading producers of teachers in the region.

As a middle school education major at SBU, you will become certified to teach in middle school settings (grades 5-9 in Missouri). Coursework and experiences in local school settings will prepare you to meet the needs of young students and to be aware of students' growth and development.

You will choose one content area and will pursue certification in your selected content area. You are encouraged to pursue a minor in your content area or pursue certification in two middle school content areas. Having certification in multiple areas makes you more versatile in the job market. Content area choices include: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Speech/Theatre. You also can choose to pursue elementary school certification or secondary content area certification (grades 9-12).

93%
exam
pass rate

(Pass rate on all middle school content area
certification exams over the past six years.)

SBU students

the sbu advantage

  • SBU's middle school education graduates have achieved a 100% pass rate for the past six years on the certification exams in three of the four core content areas (language arts, science and social studies). A 100% pass rate has been achieved on the mathematics exam five of the past six years, with an overall pass rate of 93% for all middle school content areas over the past six years.
  • Spend time in Bolivar Public Schools on their late-start Wednesdays to benefit from professional development opportunities.
  • Engage in field experience opportunities early, beginning in your sophomore year, and culminating with your student teaching experience your senior year.
  • Faculty are dedicated to helping you succeed and will work with you one-on-one to develop your resume, network for jobs, pursue teaching certification in other states, etc.

Faith Integration

The intentional integration of Christian faith with the education curriculum distinguishes SBU's education department. Christian principles are discussed in the classroom and applied to educational strategies, philosophies, and best practices. At SBU, we approach education and teaching from the basis of a Christian worldview.

As an education major at SBU, you will be challenged to consider your job to be more than just teacher but also role model and servant leader. You will learn to view the classroom as a mission field in which well-trained Christian teachers are desperately needed.

Department of education faculty live out their own walks with Christ in all they do - in the classroom, with advisees, with fellow faculty and in service to the University, community and their local churches.

CAREERS

Employers want our graduates and call requesting them. Our graduates have been hired as:

  • Public school teachers
  • Private school teachers
  • Preschool teachers
  • Daycare center administrators and teachers
  • International school teachers
  • Military base teachers
  • Missionaries

GRADUATE SCHOOLS

An advantage to studying education at SBU is the access to SBU's distinguished graduate studies in education. Many students begin their teaching careers while simultaneously pursuing further education at SBU with one of the following degree programs:

My professors challenged me academically, but they also challenged me relationally and spiritually. Their influence pushed me to work hard during college. When I graduated, I knew without a doubt that I was prepared to enter my career as a teacher.

Katie Coen '14, Science Teacher at Carthage Junior High (Missouri)
Katie Coen

student missouri state teachers association

As a middle school education major, you are encouraged to join SBU's chapter of Student Missouri State Teachers Association (SMSTA) to benefit from professional development and networking opportunities as you prepare for your future teaching career.

scholarships

Thanks to generous donors, more than $40,000 in privately funded scholarships is available annually by application to education department students.

Additionally, you are encouraged to apply for any of the various competitive scholarships announced annually by outside organizations, such as the Missouri Association of Rural Education Scholarship (three to five $1,000 awards statewide annually) or the Jack J. Isgur Foundation Scholarship (approximately 35 $3,000 award statewide annually).

Julie Bryant

Dr. Julie Bryant, Associate Professor
Chuck Lentz

Dr. Chuck Lentz, Professor
Colleen Shuler

Colleen Shuler, Instructor
Jennifer Fox

Jennifer Fox, Instructor
Scott Morrison, Education Faculty

Dr. Scott Morrison, Assistant Professor
Ken Spurgeon

Ken Spurgeon, Assistant Professor
Dwight Haun

Dr. Dwight Haun, Department Chair
Tamara Samek

Tamara Samek, Instructor

ADMISSION AND CERTIFICATION

Admission to the Teacher Education program at SBU is contingent on a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and passing all sections of the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA).

SBU's Department of Education receives program approval on an annual basis from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Program approval is current so SBU graduates are able to apply for and receive teaching certification in Missouri.

Once you have your initial Missouri teaching certificate, you may add other areas of certification by taking and passing the appropriate exam(s). For example, many elementary education majors take the Early Childhood Education exam to add certification for birth through third grade, allowing them to teach in preschools, daycare centers or kindergarten classrooms. Many middle school education majors choose to add additional content area certifications.

Many students are interested in becoming certified special education teachers. Both elementary education and middle school education majors will receive the coursework and training helpful to this career path through classes such as Educational Psychology, Teaching Diverse Learners and Assessment and Evaluation of Learners. You then would be equipped to take and pass the Special Education Certification exam. This would give you greater career flexibility as you would be certified as either an elementary or middle school teacher and as a special education teacher.

MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATION Four-Year Plan

Freshman

Fall Semester

BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
MAT 1143 College Algebra 3
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
CIS 1103 Computer and Information Management 3
POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
ENG 2213 English Composition II 3
HIS 2213/2223 U.S. History I or II 3
ECO 2003 LIFE Economics 3
UNI 1121 Introduction to Critical Thinking 1
  Middle school content course 3
Total hours 16
 

Sophomore

Fall Semester

BIO 1004 Principles of Biology 4
EDU 2113 Educational Psychology 3
SPF 2012 Introduction to Spiritual Formation 2
EDU 2463 Foundations of Middle School Education 3
  Middle school content course 3
  Middle school content course 3
Total hours 18

Spring Semester

  Physical Science 4-5
EDU 2313 Foundations of Education 3
EDU 3043 Learner Development 3
EDU 2131 Field Experience Level I 1
  Middle school content course 3
  Middle school content course 3
Total hours 17-18
 

Junior

Fall Semester

EDU 2823 Technology for Educators 3
EDU 4473 Psychology of the Middle School Student 3
EDU 3613 Content Area Literacy 3
EDU 3833 Behavior and Classroom Management 3
  Middle school content course 3
  Middle school content course 3
Total hours 18

Spring Semester

EDU 4493 Middle School Curriculum 3
EDU 3331 Field Experience II 1
EDU 3013 Analyzing and Amending Reading Problems 3
KIN 1162 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness 2
  Middle school content course 3
  Middle school content course 3
  Middle school content course 3
Total hours 18
 

Senior

Fall Semester

FAR 10_3 Intro. to Art, Fine Arts, Music or Theatre 3
COM 1103 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
  Cultural studies 2-3
  Middle school content course 3
  Middle school content course 3
  Middle school content course 3
Total hours 17-18

Spring Semester

EDU 4691 Student Teaching Seminar 1
EDU 4832 Assessment and Evaluation of Learners 2
EDU 4842 Teaching Diverse Learners 2
EDU 4939 Student Teaching Middle School 10
Total hours 15

NOTE: You must select a content area from these subjects:
Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Science or Speech/Theatre

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

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Middle School Education Plan