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Middle Level Education

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Middle Level education majors prepare to serve students in grades 5-8 through specialized education courses that emphasize the development of young adolescents and methods that engage middle level learners, as well as study in a specific content area.

In the Middle Level education major, education majors choose one of four concentration areas: English, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies. Our majors than engage in in-depth study in that content area, preparing them to work with a particular content area in a middle school setting.  

At Lander, we also work closely with public school officials to maintain a curriculum that enables you to obtain the knowledge and skills needed to meet the challenges of teaching.

All teacher education programs at Lander University are guided by Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards, a nationally recognized model which outlines teacher competencies "to ensure that every K-12 student reaches the goal of being ready to enter college or the workforce in today's world."



Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

A. Core Skills


  ENGL 101 Writing and Inquiry I 3
  ENGL 102 Writing and Inquiry II 3

Approved Mathematics


B. Humanities and Fine Arts
(6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)

C. Behavioral and Social Perspectives
  HIST 101 Western Civilization (before 1600)
OR HIST 102 Western Civilization (1600-1918)
OR HIST 121 World Civilizations to 1600*
*Social Studies concentration must take HIST 121
    Behavioral and Social Perspectives elective**
**Social Studies concentration must take POLS 101
D. Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning
    Approved Science or Mathematics 3
    Approved Lab Science***
***Science concentration must take BIOL 101
E. Founding Documents of the United States
  HIST 111R2

United States History to 1877****

HIST 112R2 United States History since 1877
POLS 101R2 American National Government
****Social Studies concentration must take HIST 111R
F. World Cultures 3
G. LINK 101 1
University Requirement
  FALS 101 15 FALS-approved events (Temporarily suspended)


Total General Education Requirements 35

1 For approved courses see the General Education section
If you already have credit for HIST 111, do not take HIST 111R; if you already have credit for HIST 112, do not take HIST 112R; if you already have credit for POLS 101, do not take POLS 101R



EDUC 106 Field Experience IA 0.5
EDUC 203 Field Experience I 0.5
EDUC 204 Instructional Technology for Teachers 3
EDUC 207 Field Experience ID 1
EDUC 210 Communication in Diverse Classrooms 3
EDUC 223 General Pedagogy 3
EDUC 250 Adolescent Development and Learning Communities 3
EDUC 321 Foundations of Reading 3
SPED 223 Pre-K – 12 Students with Diverse Learning Needs 3

Professional Education Content Preparation
These courses can be taken by students only after acceptance into the Professional Program (Candidate Status)*
EDUC 302 Educational Assessment 3
EDUC 320 Reading and Writing in the Content Area 3
EDUC 329 Field Experience II 2
ECED 429 Clinical Practice A 3
EDUC 430 The Learning Environment 3
EDUC 443 Middle School Organization and Curriculum 3
EDUC 461 Clinical Practice B 3
EDUC 499 Teacher Education Seminar 1
Total Major Program Requirements 51




Students select one content area as their area of focus for middle-level certification:
English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies

English Language Arts:
ENGL 200 Writing Skills for English Majors
OR ENGL 200-level or higher
ENGL 201 Survey of British Literature 3
ENGL 202 Survey of American Literature 3
ENGL 221 World Literature
OR ENGL 200-level or higher, non-canonical literature
ENGL 251 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
ENGL 345 Introduction to Language and Linguistics 3
ENGL 402 Young Adult Literature 3
ENGL 451 Methods of Teaching Secondary English 3

MATH 114 Precalculus 3
MATH 134 Introduction to Mathematical Proof 3
MATH 141 Single Variable Calculus I 4
MATH 203 Math for Elementary Teachers 3
MATH 211 Statistical Methods I 3
MATH 350 Mathematics History 3
MATH 450 Technology in Secondary Mathematics 3
MATH 451 Secondary Mathematics Methods 3

CHEM 103 Consumer Chemistry
OR CHEM 111 General Chemistry I
CHEM 381 Technology, the Environment, and You 3
ES 301 Environmental Science I 4
ES 302 Environmental Science II
OR ES 310 Environmental Geology
GEOL 111 Physical Geology 4
PSCI 111 General Physical Science 4
PSCI 451 Science Pedagogy 3

Social Studies:
ECON 101 Economics in Society 3
GEOG 101 Introduction to Geography 3
HIST 112 U.S. History since 1877
OR HIST 112R U.S. History since 1877
HIST 122 World Civilizations since 1600 3
HIST 315 History of South Carolina 3
HIST 451 Methods for Teachers of Secondary Social Studies 3
HIST 200-level or higher 3
HIST 200-level or higher 3



Total Major Content Concentration Requirements 24-26
Additional Electives 8-10


*Status, as defined below, is determined by factors which include, but are not limited to: PRAXIS Core scores, GPA, course completion, program assessments, and maintenance of professional dispositions.

  • Junior Year: Application for admission to Professional Program in Teacher Education, State Basic Skills Exam (PRAXIS Core); cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Senior Year: Content Area Exams (PRAXIS II) and PLT; cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher; Graduation Application
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses