B.S.E. IN MIDDLE CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

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The Bachelor of Science in Education degree in middle education provides a strong foundation for students wanting to teach grades 4–8. This 120-hour program provides graduates with a comprehensive understanding of middle grades education with special emphasis on school/university partnerships, diversity, development of positive learning environments, education for students from high-poverty populations, subject-specific education (i.e. mathematics, science, etc.), and middle grades curriculum, instruction, and assessment.


4 STEPS TO YOUR TEACHING CAREER

Complete of all University Core requirements, or an Associate’s Degree, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.7.

Submit your Praxis CORE test scores to the Director of Teacher Licensure and Placement in the School of Education.

Complete and clear background checks for State Police, FBI, and Child Maltreatment Central Registry.

Fill out the online admissions application and submit the required materials to the UA Little Rock Office of Admissions.


WHY SHOULD YOU BECOME MIDDLE CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR?

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There is Never a Dull Moment

Students and faculty in the Middle Childhood Education program understand it is an experience like no other. At this level, the students are starting to understand and wonder about the bigger issues and ideas, but are still young enough to approach learning as play. As a middle childhood educator, you will integrate elements of both elementary and secondary education into your teaching practice, making you a more versatile educator. You will also be in the unique position to help students bridge the gap between elementary and high school; facilitating their transition from early childhood into adolescence.

Incredible Job Security and Opportunities for Advancement

While the licensure requirements vary from state to state, teachers who have established a good work ethic and reputation don’t have to worry too much about finding a job. Because teachers are in such high demand across the United States, you have almost guaranteed job security—employment of middle school teachers is expected to increase by 6% by 2024 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Education is probably one of the best fields for advancement because the possibilities are endless. You have the opportunity to not only guide new and experienced teachers through Lead Teacher appointments and mentorship programs, but also to shape the educational environment by becoming an assistant principal, principal, or district level administrator.


WHAT YOU’LL STUDY

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The Bachelor of Education degree in middle childhood education enhances the general expertise of middle level educators by providing a more comprehensive understanding of young adolescent learners and of the need for a learning environment that is responsive to students’ developmental needs. In addition, this program provides expertise in teaching field content and pedagogy.

Admission, Program, and Graduation Requirements

Apply for Undergraduate Admission to UA Little Rock

  1. Visit apply.ualr.edu to complete an application for undergraduate admission and submit the $40 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Applicants with fewer than 12 transferable college credit hours should request that an official high school transcript or GED scores be sent to the Office of Admissions. Only official transcripts will be accepted, and must be submitted in a sealed, stamped envelope from the issuing institution or sent via electronic data interchange from the high school.
  3. Applicants with fewer than 12 transferable college credit hours may need to request official ACT or SAT scores from the testing agency (UA Little Rock ACT Code 0132; UA Little Rock SAT code 6368) if the official high school transcript does not include scores and s/he did not indicate UA Little Rock as a score recipient at the time of testing. ACT, SAT, COMPASS or Accuplacer scores must be from tests taken within the last five Students have the option of taking the Accuplacer test available through UA Little Rock Testing Services.
  4. Any applicant previously enrolled at another institution(s) must request that an official college transcript(s) be sent to the Office of Admissions. Only official transcripts will be accepted, and must be submitted in a sealed, stamped envelope from the issuing institution or sent via electronic data interchange from the previous institution. Students may submit an official “In Progress” transcript from the institution at which s/he is currently enrolled for admission purposes, but will still be required to submit a final, official transcript once all grades have been posted. Freshmen who completed high school concurrent credit at an institution other than UA Little Rock must submit an official college transcript.
  5. Students born after January 1, 1957, must submit proof of two MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) immunizations.

For more detailed information regarding admission requirements, please review the Undergraduate Catalog or visit the UA Little Rock Office of Admissions website.

Transfer Student Admission

Transfer students must be academically advised before registering for classes. Students who are undecided on a major are advised in the Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising. Students who have decided on a major should make an appointment with an advisor in the academic department offering the major.

Students may potentially enroll in UA Little Rock courses prior to final transcript credit articulation. Transfer credit articulation is an ongoing process that can only be completed once a student submits all final transfer credits and the credits are posted to the UA Little Rock transcript. Because transfer credit articulation impacts course placement and registration, transfer students with a provisional admission status may need registration overrides into core, major, or minor courses during the first semester on campus. The process of transfer credit articulation may take several weeks at minimum to process after a student has been fully admitted to UA Little Rock. For more details regarding transfer credits, please review the Undergraduate Catalog or visit the Transfer Student Services website.

Community College Transfers

Students transferring to UA Little Rock from two-year colleges are subject to these provisions. Students must first consult with Academic Advising to articulate transfer coursework prior to being admitted to the College of Education and Health Professions. Students seeking admission to the middle childhood education programs must schedule an appointment with the CEHP Advising & Support Center (Dickinson Hall 300 | 501-682-8625 | cehpadvisingandsupport@ualr.edu). If a student has completed the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) at a two year institution, core requirements at UA Little Rock will be met.

Students Who Transfer from Four-Year Institutions

These provisions listed for community college transfers may also apply to transfer work from four-year institutions that are either accredited by CAEP, formerly known as the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), or approved as teacher education institutions by the state in which they are located.


Program Admission

The following are minimum criteria for consideration for admission to the Middle Childhood Education program.

Fall and Spring Block I Admission

For admission to Fall and Spring Block I, all applicants must:

  • be formally admitted to UA Little Rock.
  • have completed RHET 1311 and 1312 English Composition, SPCH 1300, MATH 1321 or 1302 (see advisor) with a grade of C or greater in each of these courses; and
    have completed all core requirements with an overall degree plan cumulative GPA of 2.70 or greater or 3.0 in the last 50 hours.
    • Students seeking admission to the college with associate’s degrees designed for transfer (Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts in Teaching, and some Associate of Science degrees) should refer to the Community College Transfers information above for more information.
  • achieve a passing score on the Praxis CORE.
  • contact the Undergraduate Advisor in Teacher Education to complete the admission application.
Fall and Spring Block II Admission

For admission to Fall and Spring Block II, all applicants must:

  • satisfactorily complete all Block I requirements with an overall GPA of 2.70 or greater,
  • achieve a passing scores on the Praxis content exams, and
  • contact the Undergraduate Advisor in Teacher Education to complete the admission application.

Retention Requirements

Retention decisions are the responsibility of the faculty. Once admitted, students are required to maintain a 2.75 grade point average, with at least a C in all courses specific to the elementary program. In addition, students’ professional behaviors, content knowledge, and classroom performance will be evaluated throughout the program. Successful completion of the licensure program is not based solely on the number of course credits, but requires demonstration of specified professional knowledge, skills, and behaviors. While a student may require additional time to meet some performance expectations, the faculty may limit that time and reserves the right to remove a student from the program should appropriate progress not be demonstrated.


Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of all courses on degree plan with grades as required and passing scores on all required Praxis exams (see Licensure Officer for correct Praxis exams to take) and the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT).
  • Entry of all required artifacts into Chalk and Wire and submission of these artifacts for assessment in Chalk and Wire.
  • Submission of Graduation Application on Boss by announced deadline.
  • Licensure

    Applicants must provide the following items to the College of Education and Health Professions Licensure Officer:

    For more information concerning licensure, contact the College of Education and Health Professions Licensure Officer, Dickinson Hall, Room 419.

Curriculum

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. TCED 1100 is recommended.

Core (35 hours)

It is recommended that RHET 1311, RHET 1212, HIST 1311, and HIST 1312 be taken before or concurrently with ARHA 2310 and ARHA 2311.

Second Language Proficiency (none required)

Concentration Courses (36 hours)

Candidates must complete a minimum of 18 hours in two of the content areas listed below. Concentration courses are suggested based on required Praxis content knowledge examinations and must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Social Studies Concentration (18 hours)
  • HIST 1311 History of Civilization I
  • HIST 1312 History of Civilization II
  • HIST 2311 US History to 1877 OR HIST 2312 US History since 1877
  • POLS 1301 American National Government
  • ECON 2301 Survey of Economics
  • GEOG 1311 Physical Geography
Language Arts Concentration (18 hours)
  • RHET 1311 Composition I
  • RHET 1312 Composition II
  • ENGL 2337 World Literature
  • RHET 3301 Editing for Usage & Style
  • TCED 4300 Workshop*
  • ENGL or RHET Upper Level Course – 3 hrs
Math Concentration (18 hours)
  • MATH 1302 College Algebra
  • MATH 1451 Calculus I OR MATH 1342 Business Calculus
  • MATH 2310 Discrete Mathematics
  • MATH 3383 Mathematics for Middle School
  • MATH 3384 Concepts in Geometry
  • MATH 4380 Concepts in Probability and Statistics
Science Concentration (20 hours)
  • Core science course – 4 hrs
  • Core science course – 4 hrs
  • Science course with lab – 4 hrs
  • Science course with lab – 4 hrs
  • IGSC 4401 Integrated Science Methods
* These courses apply toward both the concentration and major course hour requirements.

Major (59 hours)

Formal admission to the Middle Childhood Education program is required to enroll in the following courses:

Fall Block I (16 hours)
  • MCED 4302 Introduction to Middle Level Education
  • TCED 4321 Teaching Diverse Adolescents
  • MCED 3303 Middle Childhood Curriculum and Planning
  • MCED 3105 Field Experience I*
  • Concentration Methods Course**
  • Elective (3 Hrs)
Spring Block I (15 hours)
  • MCED 3430 Integrated Mid-Level Curriculum
  • SPED 4301 Education of Exceptional Learners
  • MCED 3240 Field Experience II*
  • Concentration Methods Course**
  • Elective (3 Hrs)
Summer (3 hours)
  • EDFN 3304 Assessment in the Middle School Curriculum
Fall Block II (13 hours)
  • MCED 4330 Classroom Management
  • MCED 4120 Licensure Seminar
  • MCED 4310 Mid-Level Content Literacy
  • MCED 4601 Internship I*
Spring Block II (12 hours)
  • TCED 4320 Interactive Technology for Middle School
  • MCED 4303 Professional Seminar
  • MCED 4602 Internship II*
* Field Experience and Internship courses will consist of student observation and teaching in a public school classroom.
** These courses apply toward both the concentration and major course hour requirements. Concentration methods courses will depend on concentration areas selected: HIST 4397 (Social Studies), TCED 4300 (Language Arts), MATH 3383 (Math), IGSC 4401 (Science)

Minor (none required)

Unrestricted General Electives

Students may take general elective courses to fulfill any remaining hours to reach the 120 minimum total hours, the 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or the 30 hours in residence.

Course Descriptions

Middle Childhood Education Courses

MCED 3105 Field Experience I
This field experience will acquaint students with a variety of middle school experiences, and provide a 40 hour experience in a middle school classroom. Students will be oriented to the structure of a school district, the school, and the classroom setting. All concurrent courses in the Introduction to the Profession block will include assignments or specific tasks to be completed by students during the 40 hour classroom placement in this field experience. One credit hour.

MCED 3240 Field Experience II
This field experience will acquaint students with a variety of middle school experiences, and provide a 60 hour experience in a middle school classroom. Students will be oriented to the structure of a school district, the school, and the classroom setting. All concurrent courses in the Introduction to the Profession block will include assignments or specific tasks to be completed by students during the 60 hour classroom placement in this field experience. Two credit hours.

MCED 3303 Middle Childhood Curriculum and Planning
Students will be oriented to the scope of the middle grades curriculum, varying patterns of curriculum organization, activities, and transition based teaching and general problem solving for instructional planning assessment and management. Introduction of the materials and various technology media used in teaching at the middle level. Field based experience required. Three credit hours.

MCED 3430 Integrated Mid-Level Curriculum
Prerequisites: admission to the middle childhood education program and completion of eight hours of science and nine hours of mathematics. The student should use the content to develop thematic concepts, which are implemented through the methodologies of inquiry based, hands-on learning with the use of manipulatives. Students utilize the Internet and technology as an integrative tool to develop pedagogical techniques and materials in relation to whole course design with cross-disciplinary focus and active student involvement. Three credit hours.

MCED 4120 Licensure Seminar
A review of educational psychology, assessment, motivation, and student expectations. Classroom scenarios requiring application of teacher decision-making skills and classroom management strategies will be presented. In addition, students will analyze case studies. Prepares students for the Praxis II examination; in order to pass this seminar, students must attain the standard set by the Arkansas State Board of Education. One credit hour.

MCED 4302 Introduction to Middle Level Education
This course presents the history, philosophy, and major concepts of middle level education. The organizational components of middle level schools; current research in reflective practice. Practical problem solving and development of a professional, reflective approach to teaching are emphasized. Candidates will learn to use tools of reflective teaching to assess their own level of competence and to design learning experiences to improve their own classroom teaching. Relationships between schools and community organizations, between schools and families, and between schools and a diverse society are discussed. Three credit hours.

MCED 4303 Professional Seminar
Corequisite: MCED 4602. Part of final semester, Professional Practicum II. Presentations by Education faculty and practitioners in the field concerning such topics as legal issues affecting educational practice; family constellations; adolescent misbehavior; behavior analysis; discipline involving logical and natural consequences in place of rewards and punishments; and encouragement. Students create a professional portfolio, and submit a senior exit project utilizing interactive technology. Students learn how to prepare for job interviews; what to expect the first teaching year; how to maintain a professional portfolio to demonstrate growth; how to reflect on personal development; and what is involved in meeting the Arkansas Teacher Licensure Standards. Three credit hours.

MCED 4310 Mid-Level Content Literacy
Emphasis on the development of reading in the content areas for middle school students. Focus on the concepts of developing meaningful literacy experiences for adolescents of all ability levels, with a continued focus on language and literature as an integral part of the curriculum. Involves a study of major theories and current teaching strategies in literacy for adolescents. Evaluation and assessment strategies explored. Three credit hours.

MCED 4330 Classroom Management
Emphasizes creation of and fostering of classroom management techniques and strategies for the design of environments that are conducive to a safe place for teaching and learning. Includes connecting the school-home-community connections. Incorporates technology for learning and teaching. Candidates will have taken or passed Praxis CORE prior to course. Three credit hours.

MCED 4601 Internship I
Prerequisites: admission to middle childhood education program and successfully pass required Praxis content examinations. Corequisites: MCED 4310 and 4330. Classroom observation and participation in classroom routines with gradual assumption of complete classroom teaching responsibilities. Students plan, teach, and reflect on the total experience. Students make accommodations for children with special needs. All of the school resources are used, and competence in using technology is required. Sex credit hours.

MCED 4602 Internship II
Prerequisites: admission to the middle childhood education program and the successful completion of MCED 4601 Internship I. Corequisite: concurrent enrollment in TCED 4320. The final field placement course. Students plan, teach, and reflect on the experience. Students responsible for all aspects of the classroom environment including making accommodations for children with special needs. All of the school resources will be used, and competence in using technology is required. Six credit hours.

Interdepartmental Courses

EDFN 3304 Assessment in the Middle School Curriculum
Study of available assessment methods and the integration of these methods in planning, modifying, and evaluating instruction, and in reporting outcomes to varied constituencies. After completing this course, students will meet basic assessment competencies as outlined in the Arkansas Principles for Licensure for Beginning Teachers and The Standards for Teacher Competence in the Educational Assessment of Students (1990). Three credit hours.

SPED 4301 Education of Exceptional Learners
Prerequisite: PSYC 2300 or consent of instructor. Introduction to the psychological, sociological, philosophical, legal, and educational implications of educating exceptional learners in the mainstream; the role of teachers, professionals, and parents as team members in providing appropriate education and necessary adaptations for exceptional learners. Dual-listed in the Graduate Catalog as SPED 5301. Three credit hours.

TCED 4300 Workshop
Prerequisite: consent of instructor (based on student’s experience and coursework in the educational area). Designed to provide an opportunity for pre-service and in-service teachers to explore areas of interest and prepare educational materials through a workshop format. Course content, subtitle, and organization vary. Three credit hours.

TCED 4320 Interactive Technology for Middle School
The production and application of Interactive Instructional units where the microcomputer is the controlling medium for such peripherals as CD-ROM players and web browsers. Three credit hours.

TCED 4321 Teaching Diverse Adolescents
Prerequisite: admission to Block II of the undergraduate education minor program or undergraduate middle school program. Students use basic concepts of adolescent development and cultural diversity to design lessons and to select and use teaching materials and techniques to meet the needs of students at different developmental stages and of different cultures. Three credit hours.


MEET OUR FACULTY

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Amy Sedivy-Benton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program Advisor

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Yoriko Umezawa Perritt

Adjunct Instructor

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