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Middle School Education

Department of Reading, Foundations and Technology  

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Department of Reading, Foundations and Technology
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Office: 417-836-6769
Fax: 417-836-6252

Career Preparation

The Middle School Education program provides experiences that prepare students to become effective middle school teachers in grades five through nine. If you are interested in this age group and teaching, you may wish to consider middle school education as a career. New certification requirements have significantly increased employment opportunities for middle school educators in the United States. A student enrolled in the program receives certification in two subject areas, thus improving opportunities for employment. Beginning salaries for graduates are in the $25,000 to $35,000 range, depending on the geographic area.

The program is approved by the Missouri State Board of Education and accredited by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Academic Program

The Middle School Education baccalaureate degree program requires satisfactory completion of a minimum of 135-139 hours. The program includes course work that will satisfy the university’s general education requirements. This sequence is designed to provide a basic content background in subject-matter areas related to the elementary school curricula. Professional education courses (46 hours) are sequenced to provide both study in the university setting and practical experience in middle school classrooms.

A high school student considering middle school teaching as a career is encouraged to become actively involved with middle school age students in a variety of settings, such as public schools or summer day camps. Membership in the Future Teachers of America (FTA) is strongly encouraged if the club is sponsored by the high school. In addition, a selection of high school courses to provide strong academic preparations in English, mathematics, science and social studies is recommended.

To be admitted to the Teacher Education Program at Missouri State requires completion of 45 college hours; a 2.50 GPA; a valid ACT score (if required by DESE); completion of EDC 150, SEC 302 or EDC 350 and COM 115 with a C or higher; and a score of 265 on all components of the state’s general competency test - the C-BASE; Missouri Family Care Safety Registry check; 1st portfolio checkpoint and approval of the PEC.


The following is a representative list of the middle school education courses offered. Please consult the Missouri State Catalog online at www.missouristate.edu/catalog for course descriptions and specific degree requirements.

  • SEC 302: Introduction to Teaching Middle/Secondary
  • PSY 360: Educational Psychology
  • KIN 358: Health Education
  • MID 421: Philosophy and Organization of Middle School Education
  • MID 425: Middle School Curriculum
  • MID 439: The Middle School Teacher


The faculty offices are located in Hill Hall. Faculty members are actively involved in teaching, research and service activities at the local, state and national levels. While the faculty provides advisement assistance to the undergraduate students, a central advisement office is located in Hill Hall. Students are encouraged to gain initial advisement from this center.


The university is fortunate to have Greenwood Laboratory School located on campus. Greenwood, a K-12 laboratory school, provides students in middle school education with first-hand experiences in observing and working with students. The technology laboratories located in Hill Hall represent the most recent innovations in instructional technology available for use by Middle School Education majors.


A student majoring in Middle School Education has the opportunity to become involved in a variety of student organizations. For example, Kappa Delta Pi is an honorary organization for Education majors, the Student National Education Association and the Student Missouri State Teachers Association are professional organizations for Education majors, and the Collegiate Middle Level Association is specifically for middle school majors. These organizations provide students with the opportunity for professional growth and the opportunity to meet students with similar interests.

Helping students secure teaching positions upon graduation is a most important service provided by the University and the College of Education. Career Services, in cooperation with the school, takes an active role in helping students secure teaching positions upon graduation. 

Sample Schedule

Missouri State is committed to assisting students to graduate in four years--see sample graduation plans for this major.

The following is a sample schedule for this major--your actual schedule will vary.

First Semester Courses Hours
GEP 101 First Year Foundations2
CIS 101 Computers for Learning2
Humanities Perspective3
ENG 110 Writing I3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship3
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches3
Total Hours 18
Second Semester Courses Hours
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 18773
BIO 100 Biological Science for Educators4
Content Area Course Work3
EDC 150 Introduction to Teaching0
Total Hours 17

Sophomore Year

First Semester Courses Hours
AST 115 GLG 110 GRY 135, 142 or 240 required if science content 4
MTH 320 Foundations of Mathematics for Teachers3
HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States Since 18773
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines3
Content Area Course Work3
Content Area Course Work3
Total Hours 19
Second Semester Courses Hours
SEC 302 General Methods of Instruction in the Middle and Secondary Schools3
Social Perspective Cul Soc3
MTH 343 Foundations of Probability and Statistics for Teachers3
Content Area Course Work3
EDT 365 Educational Applications of Technology and Media3
ENG 338 Literature for Young Adults3
Total Hours 19

Junior Year

First Semester Courses Hours
EDC 350 School and Society3
PSY 360 Educational Psychology3
PHY 101 Physics by Inquiry for Educators4
Content Area Course Work3
Content Area Course Work3
KIN 358 Health Education Methods3
Total Hours 19
Second Semester Courses Hours
RDG 318 Foundations of Literacy Instruction3
MID 400 Philosophy, Curriculum, and Organization of Middle School Education3
Methods course in chosen area3
Content Area Course Work3
Content Area Course Work3
SPE 340 Educational Alternative for Exceptional Students2
Total Hours 17

Senior Year

First Semester Courses Hours
RDG 474 Reading and Writing in the Content Fields2
Methods Course in Your Chosen Content Area3 (4)
MID 439 Middle School Instructional Strategies3
Humanities (Self-Understd)3
Humanities (Creativity-Vision)3
Total Hours 14-15
Second Semester Courses Hours
MID 493 Supervised Teaching (Middle School)6
MID 494 Supervised Teaching (Middle School)6
Total Hours 12