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Master of Education in Middle Childhood Education

MCED Provisional Option

The initial licensure master of education degree is offered to those with a degree in an area other than education. This program leads to certification in middle childhood education (math, science, language arts, and social studies). Each person’s transcript will be assessed on an individual basis and an individual program will be developed. The master of education degree program 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 Requirements

  • Praxis I (passing score in math is 171, reading is 172, writing is 173)
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 overall or 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work
  • Successful interview

Provisional License Option

Persons with a bachelor’s degree may obtain a provisional license with the following provisions:

  • Full admission into the MCED MEd program
  • Pass Praxis II Middle Childhood Content Knowledge

Upon securing a teaching position, an application for provisional license will be sent to the Arkansas State Department of Education. Then the following must take place:

  • You must enroll in MCED 7319 Internship during your first semester of teaching
  • Your school must assign you a Pathwise mentor

Your provisional license is issued for one year with a one year renewable option. You must have completed the program of study within that time and be eligible to receive an initial license to continue in the classroom.

Education Core Courses

  • EDFN 7303 Introduction to Research
  • TCED 5300 Developing an Electronic Portfolio or
  • TCED 5300 Integrating the Internet or
  • LSTE 7305 Survey of Computer-based Learning Systems
  • EDFN 7320 Advanced Educational Psychology or
  • MCED 7312 Development of Young Adolescents
  • EDFN 7370 Educational Assessment

Middle Level Education Emphasis Courses

  • MCED 7313 Middle Level Reflective Teaching
  • MCED 7314 Teaching the Middle Level Exceptional Child in the Inclusive Classroom
  • MCED 7315 Middle Level Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • MCED 7316 Literature for Young Adolescents
  • MCED 7317 Middle Level Literacy and Language Arts
  • MCED 7318 Classroom Management for the Middle Level Teacher
  • MCED 7319 Internship
  • EDFN 8301 Instructional Research and Data Management

Teaching Fields (optional)

  • MCED 7301 Teaching Middle School Math
  • MCED 7302 Diagnosis and Remediation in Math
  • MCED 7305 Teaching Mathematics to the Gifted
  • >MCED 7328 Science Education
  • MCED 7330 Social Studies Education

Graduation Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on an approved program of study as outlined above
  • Successful completion of Praxis II Middle Childhood Content Knowledge and Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching
  • Successful completion and defense of an electronic exit portfolio
Updated 10.14.2011