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Middle Level Education, B.A. / B.S.

College of Education

Prepare to support the educational and developmental needs of young adolescent learners in fifth through eighth grades. Students choose two specializations from English, social studies, mathematics and science.

Nationally recognized by the Association of Middle Level Education as one of the best in the nation, our program combines an English and social studies subject matter education with knowledge of traditional teaching practices for grades five through eight. Gain practical teaching experience in middle school settings where you'll integrate the curriculum from your studies.

Program Highlights

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    Small Groups

    Prepare to be an exceptional middle level teacher alongside a small cohort of peers who share your goals.

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    A Supportive Faculty

    Learn from faculty members who share a deep commitment to mentoring and supporting students so they thrive as future middle level educators.

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    Classroom Experiences

    Get hands-on learning through the coursework and internship experience in urban, suburban and rural settings.

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    Evidence-Based Skills

    Understand best practices from the Association of Middle Level Education and what it means to teach the whole child.

What You’ll Study

Core courses provide context in which teaching and learning occur and include issues and trends in teaching, schools in communities, a focus on middle level teaching, management and curriculum and classroom assessment. Students in this program choose content-specific specialization courses in English, mathematics, science or social studies.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Teaching

    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students


    Creating professional written content for inclusion in scholarly journal articles, books and reports

    Multicultural Awareness

    Understanding cultural variation and adapting behaviors and communication styles accordingly

  • Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

    Organizational Skills

    Planning, prioritizing and managing tasks and resources to achieve specific objectives


    Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

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Potential Careers

  • Teacher
  • Counselor
  • Administrator
  • Science Educator
  • Math Educator
  • Social Studies Educator

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Middle School Teacher
  • Math Teacher
  • Science Teacher

Workplace Settings

  • Education
  • Agencies
  • Government
  • Museums
  • Camps
  • Child Services

Employers of Alumni

  • Richland County School District One
  • Greenville County Schools
  • Lexington County School District One
  • Newberry School District

I will never forget the feeling of excitement and anticipation I had as I walked into my first classroom as a student teacher. During my placement, I had the opportunity to work with middle school students with diverse needs and learn from a mentor teacher.

Madison Sutherland
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