Middle Grades Education

Overview & Academics

The MIDDLE GRADES EDUCATION program is a licensure program that prepares students to teach in grades 6-9. Students are required to complete two concentrations selected from the following four areas: Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics or Science.

Major Requirements

Core requirements:

  • Information Systems Concepts
  • Fundamentals of Communication
  • Psychological Development in Childhood or Psychological Development in Adolescence

Major requirements

  • Educational Theory and Practice
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • PRAXIS Core Academic Lab for Instructors
  • Technology in Education*
  • Middle and Secondary School Curriculum*
  • Education Foundation and Diversity*
  • Educational Assessment*
  • Practicum in School Settings*
  • Classroom Management and Collaborative Leadership Seminar*
  • Direct Teaching: Middle Grades Education*
  • Methods/Materials: Middle and Secondary Education (Concentration Area #1)*
  • Methods/Materials: Middle and Secondary Education (Concentration Area #2)*
  • Introduction to Special Education

Concentration Credits by Subject Areas: Language Arts (26 credits); Social Studies (26 credits), Mathematics (24 credits), Science (28 credits)

*Requires admission to the Teacher Education program

Admission Criteria:

  1. Pass the Praxis Core tests (reading, writing, math) as required by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Students who have earned a total score of 1170 on the SAT (reading and math) or 24 on the ACT (reading and math) are exempt from Praxis Core testing requirements. Students who have at least 570 on the SAT Math or 600 on the SAT Reading sections may be exempt from part of Praxis Core.
  2. Achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on all previous course work completed at North Carolina Wesleyan University.
  3. Have a successful interview with a subcommittee of the Teacher Education Council.
  4. Provide two positive recommendations from faculty and submit required admission paperwork.

Career Options

Middle Grades Teacher: 6-9

Minor Requirements

No Minor Offered

Teacher Education Faculty

Dr. Kelvin Spragley
Associate Professor of Education & Director of Teacher Education/Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion Programming
Ph.D., North Carolina State University 

Dr. Patricia Brewer 
Associate Professor
Coordinator of Special Education

Dr. Lois Hart
Associate Professor of Education
Coordinator of Field Assignments