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Middle Grades Education

Program Overview

The education program at High Point University has long been recognized for its excellence throughout North Carolina and the eastern United States. Our program is based within the liberal arts tradition; it is rigorous, field-centered and highly personalized. The teacher education programs at High Point University meet the requirements of both the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the North Carolina State Board of Education.

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Middle Grades Education leads to licensure to teach social studies, language arts, science or mathematics to students in grades 6-9.  Students choosing to major in Middle Grades Education will be required to choose two of the four discipline specializations and will take a minimum of 24 content hours of instruction in courses delivered through the College of Arts and Sciences in the departments of History, Political Science, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics.  The major in Middle Grades Education requires 45 hours of coursework in teacher education.  Undergraduate courses focus on the new Common Core State and N.C. Essential Standards, technology, and interdisciplinary curriculum in the middle grades.

A Focused Curriculum

High Point University’s Education Program provides students with the chance to become closely involved in local schools. As a result, our students are engaged in many pre-professional activities such as literacy and technology tutoring, mentoring and assisting with small group and whole class instruction beginning their freshman year. All fieldwork experiences are carefully structured and supervised by faculty in the School of Education so that our students are challenged to grow in their knowledge, skills and dispositions.

All students who are admitted to the teacher education program take courses in child development, classroom management, technology, assessment and highly specialized integrated methodology courses needed to interact, instruct and engage today’s 21st century student. This reflects the School of Education’s commitment toward providing a program of study that exemplifies “best practices” in teacher education. Each student’s required coursework culminates in a full-time student teaching internship, which is typically completed during the senior year.

Faculty members bring a wealth of experience and maintain professional affiliations within their fields of study by conducting research, presenting at professional conferences and serving on numerous educational boards at the local, state and national level. All faculty members in the School of Education have held roles in the public schools including classroom teachers, principals, program administrators and school psychologists.

 

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