Winthrop offers the Bachelor of Science in middle level education for students who wish to be certified to teach middle grades (5-8) in South Carolina. Students will choose a combination of two concentration areas from among English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. The Middle Level Education program trains pre-service teachers to work in teams with young adolescents during this crucial developmental stage and to use small group instruction and other strategies to best meet young adolescents' educational needs.
The Bachelor of Science in middle level education offers teacher candidates 60 semester hours of content area studies (in a combination of two areas from among English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies). This content, along with the university's general education requirements and the 30 hours of pedagogy core courses, constitutes the 124- to 134-credit degree. A set of four middle level courses (12 semester hours) establishes the foundation in middle school philosophy and organization, and provides candidates with instructional, assessment, and literacy strategies for successful work with young adolescents.
How does the program work?
Students in the Bachelor of Science program in middle level education integrate the courses for their two content area concentrations (chosen from among English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies) with the courses that constitute the general education program at Winthrop. By the junior year, they begin the four core courses that contain specific middle grades philosophy, instruction, assessment, and literacy strategies. The senior year is focused on the field experience and internship, both of which are in middle level classroom settings.