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  Sep 21, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin

Middle Level Education, B.A.


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Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a B.A. in Middle Level Education should be able to …

  • understand the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to young adolescent development, and they provide opportunities that support student development and learning.
  • understand the major concepts, principles, theories, and research underlying the philosophical foundations of developmentally responsive middle level programs and schools, and they work successfully within these organizational components.
  • understand the major concepts, principles, theories, standards, and research related to middle level curriculum and assessment, and they use this knowledge in their practice.
  • understand and use the central concepts, tools of inquiry, standards, and structures of content in their chosen teaching fields, and they create meaningful learning experiences that develop all young adolescents’ competence in subject matter and skills.
  • understand and use the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to effective instruction and assessment, and they employ a variety of strategies for a developmentally appropriate climate to meet the varying abilities and learning styles of all young adolescents.
  • understand the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to working collaboratively with family and community members, and they use that knowledge to maximize the learning of all young adolescents.
  • understand the complexity of teaching young adolescents, and they engage in practices and behaviors that develop their competence as professionals.

Degree Requirements (123-134 Hours)

See College of Education  for professional program admissions requirements, certification requirements, and other academic opportunities.

  1. Carolina Core Plus BA in Middle Level Education General Education (31-43 Hours)
  2. Additional required courses for Middle Level B.A. Program (6 Hours)
  3. Education (50 Hours)
  4. Content Area Specialization (36-41 Hours)

1. Carolina Core Plus BA in Middle Level Education General Education (31-43 Hours)


I. Lower Division (28-34 Hours)


CMW: Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Written Component (6 Hours)


  • Select any two Carolina Core approved courses for CMW - Grade of C or Better Required

ARP: Analytical Reasoning and Problem-Solving (6 Hours)


  • Select any two Carolina Core approved courses for ARP

SCI: Scientific Literacy (7 Hours)


  • Select seven hours of Carolina Core approved coursework for SCI (one course must include lab)

GFL: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language (0-6 Hours, depending on placement test)


  • To meet the GFL requirement, students in the BA in Middle Level Education complete the Carolina Core approved courses in Foreign Language (GFL) or by achieving a score of 2 or better on a USC foreign language placement test.

GHS: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking (3 Hours)


  • Select any Carolina Core approved course for GHS

GSS: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Science (3 Hours)


  • Select any Carolina Core approved course for GSS

AIU: Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 Hours)


  • Select any Carolina Core approved course for AIU

II. Lower Division: Stand-alone or Overlay-Eligible Courses (3-9 Hours)


Up to two of these three requirements may be met in overlay courses. For up to two instances, a Carolina Core course meeting another core requirement may also meet one of these requirements, provided the course is approved to meet both.

CMS: Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component (0-3 Hours)


  • Select any Carolina Core approved course for CMS

INF: Information Literacy (0-3 Hours)


  • Select any Carolina Core approved course for INF

VSR: Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility (0-3 Hours)


  • Select any Carolina Core approved course for VSR

2. Additional required courses for Middle Level B.A. Program (6 Hours)


Additional Literature or History (3 Hours)


Must be in addition to courses taken to meet Carolina Core requirements.

Select one from the following:

Electives (3 Hours)


If the number of hours used to meet the Carolina Core Plus B.A. in Middle Level General Education section exceeds 31, those hours above 31 can be used to meet the required elective hours. If only 31 hours are used to meet the Carolina Core Plus BA in Middle Level General Education section, then the required elective hours must be in addition to the Carolina Core.

4. Content Area Specialization (36-41 Hours)


Must be in addition to courses taken to meet Carolina Core requirements

Specialization is required in two different content areas chosen from:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Students pursuing the B.A. degree cannot choose the Math / Science combination.

Students pursuing the B.S. degree cannot choose the English / Social Studies combination.

Specialization A (18-23 hours): To be completed with courses listed below and approved by College of Education advisor in English, mathematics, science, or social studies.

Specialization B (18-23 hours): To be completed with courses listed below and approved by College of Education advisor in English, mathematics, science, or social studies and different from Specialization A.

Science Specialization (18-23 Hours)


Notes:


* If GEOL 103  was used to meet the General Education requirement, BIOL 270  or GEOL 205  cannot be used.

** Only CHEM courses not used to meet the General Education requirement can be used for the science specialization.

Minor (Optional)


A student may choose to complete a minor consisting of 18 credit hours of prescribed courses. The minor is intended to develop a coherent basic preparation in a second area of study. Courses applied toward general education requirements cannot be counted toward the minor. No course may satisfy both major and minor requirements. All minor courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.

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