Bachelor of Science in Education Degree with Majors in Middle Grades Education, Deaf Education, or American Sign Language/English Interpreting

Each of these three programs in the department has numerous desired outcomes. Examples of these outcomes include the following:

Selected Educational Outcomes

  1. Students in initial teacher education programs demonstrate knowledge of the content that they plan to teach and can explain important principles and concepts delineated in professional, state, and institutional standards.
  2. Students in initial teacher education programs apply content-specific pedagogy to the subject area content and demonstrate a broad knowledge of instructional strategies that draws upon content and pedagogical knowledge and skills delineated in professional, state, and institutional standards to help all students learn.
  3. Students in initial teacher education programs analyze educational research findings and incorporate new information into their practice.
  4. Students in initial teacher education programs assess and analyze student learning, make appropriate adjustments to instruction, monitor student learning, and have a positive effect on learning for all students.

The departmental faculty members assess the desired learner outcomes for these three programs by using a variety of techniques. Examples of summative assessments in addition to course evaluations include the following:

Examples of Outcome Assessments

  1. Students in initial teacher education programs will demonstrate content knowledge through passing the state-required content assessment.
  2. Students in initial teacher education programs will demonstrate pedagogical content knowledge and knowledge of evidence-based strategies through development of lesson plans identifying use of research-validated procedures and effective content pedagogy.
  3. Students in initial teacher education programs will demonstrate skills in assessment, instructional strategies, use of technology, and monitoring and modifying instruction during observed teaching episodes evaluated by a university supervisor and P-12 mentor teacher.
  4. Students in initial teacher education programs will demonstrate their ability to positively impact P-12 learning through a Teacher Work Sample (TWS).

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Education Degree with a Major in Middle Grades Education

Core Curriculum60
Core Areas A-E (See VSU Core Curriculum)42
Area F Requirements
EDUC 2110Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education3
EDUC 2120Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity3
EDUC 2130Exploring Learning and Teaching3
Primary Concentration (select one area) 6
Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading (select from the approved course list for concentration area)
Secondary Concentration 3
Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Reading (select from the approved course list for concentration area)
MGED 2999Entry to the Education Profession0
All courses in Area F must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
College of Education and Human Services Health and Physical Education Requirements6
KSPE 2000
KSPE 2150
Health and Wellness for Life
and First Aid - CPR
4
Select two KSPE Fitness/Activity Courses2
Program Requirements63
All courses listed under program requirements must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
Professional Courses
SPEC 3000Serving Students with Diverse Needs3
MGED 3220Reading and Writing in the Content Areas for Middle Grades3
MGED 3990Development and Education of the Middle Grades Student, Part 13
MGED 3991Differentiated Classroom for Middle Grades3
MGED 3020Introduction to Standards, Planning, and Assessment2
Teaching Concentrations
Primary Concentration Area 112
Secondary Concentration Area 112
Professional Program
MGED 4000Development and Education of the Middle Grades Student, Part 23
Select two methods courses from the following:6
Mathematics Methods for Middle Grades Education
Science Methods for Middle Grades Education
Social Studies Methods for Middle Grades Education
Language Arts Methods for Middle Grades Education
Methods of Teaching Reading for Middle Grades Education
MGED 4620Apprenticeship in Middle Grades Teaching2
MGED 3110Integrating Technology in Middle Grades Education2
MGED 4790Student Teaching in the Middle Grades10
MGED 4800Professional Practices Seminar2
Total hours required for the degree129

Program Grade/GPA Requirements

Students must earn a minimum grade of "C" or better in all Area F, teaching concentration, and professional courses; earn an adjusted GPA of 3.0 or higher across Area F, teaching concentrations, and professional courses; and maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. 

1

 Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading  (select from the approved course list for concentration area)