Mar 22, 2023
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Career Opportunities Teacher in middle grades (4 8); master teacher, supervising teacher in middle grades programs; curriculum developer; consultant or resource person; materials developer for publisher.
A major in middle grades education leads to certification in grades four through eight by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
In addition to all the course requirements, students must pass the Teaching Field Content Exams for academic content area (GACE) prior to placement with a school system to student teach. Education majors must earn a grade of “C” or better in all ED/SE courses and courses in his/her major areas of concentration prior to placement with a school system to student teach.
Liberal Education Requirements
Brenau University and its faculty are dedicated to the goal of providing students with a thorough background in the liberal arts, as well as academic and professional skills which will help them become enlightened and productive members of society. To that end, the faculty developed a liberal education curriculum based on expectations and learning outcomes.
This liberal education curriculum is divided into four learning portals: World Understanding, Scientific and Analytic Curiosity, Artistic and Creative Imagination and Communication and Language Fluency.
- World Understanding Learning
- Scientific and Analytic Curiosity
- Artistic and Creative Imagination
- Communication and Language Fluency
Courses applied in one portal may not be applied in another portal. However, courses applied in the Liberal Education may be applied toward a student’s major or minor.
Students with an A.A., A.S. or a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution are exempt from Liberal Education requirements. This exemption does not does not extend to any other associate’s degree (ex. A.A.S., A.A.T). This exemption does not affect transfer credit. All college-level credit that conforms to Brenau’s transfer credit policy will be recorded on the student’s Brenau transcript. This exemption does not affect any major courses required or any major foundation courses required.
World Understanding Learning Portal
- Demonstrate knowledge of major events and movements in history and use this knowledge to generate a more sophisticated understanding of current events.
Global and Civic Perspective
- Demonstrate a global and civic perspective by applying ethical and social justice principles in decision making.
Historical Perspective - 3 hours
Global and Civic Perspective - 3 hours
World Understanding Portal Elective - 3 hours
Take an Interdisiplinary Course (IC) course [listed below] or take three (3) hours of either historical perspective or Global & Civic Perspective.
Scientific & Analytic Curiosity Portal
- Demonstrate quantitative reasoning through numeric, symbolic or geometric means.
- Demonstrate competency in a specific science curriculum and appraise the impact of that science in one’s life
- Be able to think critically and solve problems effectively
Mathematics - 3 hours
Course taken will depend upon math placement of the student.
Science - 7-8 hours
Students must have a four hour lab science and a second science of three-four hours.
Artistic & Creative Imagination Portal
- Understand artistic concepts and traditions through the experience of artistic endeavors
- Read and understand literature in its historical context.
Spirituality or Self-Awareness
- Recognize spiritual traditions around the world or improve personal and social awareness.
- Appraise one’s health status and implement a plan for health and fitness.
Fine Arts or Literature - 3 hours
Lifetime Fitness - 3 hours
- Women’s College students must have one hour of Lifetime Fitness (LF) or Leisure Sports (LS) or Dance (DA); one hour of Women’s Health (WH); and one hour of any P.E. (LS/LF/DA/or WH).
- Evening/weekend or online students may transfer in the above or take HS 105 (3 hours) while at Brenau
- Nursing and Dance majors have specific Lifetime Fitness requirements. Please see those major sections for information.
Artistic and Creative Imagination Portal Elective - 3 hours
Communication & Language Fluency Portal
- Compose effective and logical written communication.
- Demonstrate effective oral communication.
- Communicate in a non-native language.
- Engage in the transfer of under-standing between people.
Information and Technology
- Demonstrate knowledge of information technology.
Modern Language - 0-3 hours
- Students must have modern language competency through the 102 (or 115) level. It is possible for a student to place out of part or all of modern language via placement or CLEP. Please see the placement information section for specific guidelines. If the student takes 101, that course may be applied as the students communication elective, if needed.
- International Students will exempt the Modern Language requirement with a TOEFL score of 500 or above.
Communication and Language Fluency Portal Elective - 3 hours
Choose from any course in the Communication and Language Fluency portal not already applied in the Liberal Education or choose from the courses below.
Note: Women’s College students may apply a 100 level language as a portal elective only for a language not used to meet the liberal education Modern Language requirement. Evening and Weekend and Online Studies students may use a 100 level language to satisfy the portal elective requirement.
Education Majors must earn a grade of “C” or better in all major classes, including concentration electives. See the program plan for courses that can be cross/dual used between the liberal education and the major. In addition to all the course requirements, students must pass the Teaching Field Content Exams for academic content area (GACE) prior to receiving their degree.
Reading and Writing Requirements
These courses may also count toward Language Arts or Reading Concentrations.
The major in middle grades education has two areas of content concentration. The primary and secondary concentrations may be selected from language arts, mathematics, reading, science or social studies. Eighteen semester hours of content are required for the following disciplines: language arts, mathematics, science, social studies; and 15 hours are required for the reading concentration. Students may not choose language arts and reading as the two areas of concentration.
The total hours for the two concentration requirements (combined) will be 33-36 semester hours.
Total Required Hours
A minimum of 120 hours is required to graduate with this major. It is possible that the student may graduate with more than 120 hours based on placement and transfer credit.
Note: Courses marked with an * are Liberal Education courses.
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