The Master of Education in Education (M.Ed.) with a Middle Education Concentration is for earning initial licensure in teaching two of four major content areas in 4-8th grade (math, science, English language arts and/or social studies).
At this level, 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 school teacher, you will integrate elements of both elementary and secondary education into your teaching practice.
The M.Ed. in middle childhood education offers an initial licensure track to those with a degree in an area other than education. This program leads to licensure in content areas: math, science, language arts, and/or social studies. Each person’s transcript will be assessed on an individual basis in order to develop a program specifically for that candidate. Some courses require a field placement in a local school. Please contact our Director of Placement and Licensure, Heather Newsam, for more details. All courses are offered online.
Job Security and 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, you have almost guaranteed job security – employment of middle school teachers is expected to increase by 4% by 2024 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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.
- Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale), OR
- GPA of at least 3.0 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate courses, OR
- Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
- Submit required entrance exam scores in reading, writing, and math
- Admitted to the UA Little Rock Graduate School
The UA Little Rock graduate level, first-time licensure programs (M.Ed. in Education for all content areas, middle childhood, and special education licensure tracks, and the Graduate Certificate in Education) will accept as an admission exam these ACT scores at or above a minimum:
- Math 19
- Reading 19
- Writing 6 or English/Writing combined 19
If an individual has taken the ACT multiple times, we will consider the highest score in each category from those multiple exams. Please read the admission requirements for more information about test scores.
After being admitted, you will select one of the four content areas in Middle Childhood: Math, Science, English Language Arts, or Social Studies.
Licensure and Field Placement Requirements
To be eligible for a provisional teaching license in Arkansas, students enrolled in the program must meet the following criteria:
- Be fully admitted to the UA Little Rock Graduate School and in good standing in an educational program of study
- Continually take classes in their program of study
- Submit required entrance exam scores in reading, writing, and math
- Pass the Praxis Subject Assessments required for their licensure area
- Complete the online ProEthica requirement
- Complete and clear background checks (State Police, FBI, and Child Maltreatment Central Registry)
- Complete the application for the provisional license.
- Receive a viable job offer to teach in their licensure area and grade level at a site approved by the Arkansas Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
- Meet any other licensure requirements for their chosen licensure area as required by the DESE
Students who do not meet the above criteria must complete traditional field placements and an internship in a cooperating teacher’s classroom during normal school hours.
- Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on an approved program of study
- Successful completion and defense of an exit portfolio
- Passing scores on all Praxis II examinations required by the Arkansas Department of Education for Middle School Education
Successful completion of the licensure program is not based solely on the number of course credits but requires demonstration of specified professional knowledge, skills, behaviors, and dispositions. Failure to progress satisfactorily might result in a student being removed from the program. While a student may require additional time to meet some performance expectations, the faculty may limit that time and reserves the right to drop a student from the licensure program should appropriate progress not be demonstrated.
Middle Level & Teacher Education Courses
MCED 7313 – Introduction to Middle Level Education
This course covers the history, philosophy, and major concepts of middle level education. Organizational components of middle level schools, current issues and trends in middle level education, current research in reflective practice, and diversity in family structures are studied. Relationships between schools and community organizations, between schools and families, and between schools and diverse societies are discussed. Strategies are presented for working with families, state agencies, and community organizations, and for linking early adolescent learning to community resources. Assessment and evaluation of practice in middle level setting is conducted. Three credit hours.
TCED 5321 Teaching Diverse Learners
Teacher candidates use basic concepts of learner 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.
TCED 5330 – 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. Students with credit for TCED 4330 cannot take this course for credit. Three credit hours.
TCED 5383 – Instructional Skills
This course provides knowledge of instructional skills, assessment, and disciplinary literacy. Lesson planning and design, evaluation, equity, legal issues, technology implementation, and content area literacy strategies will be addressed. Includes a field component of 15 hours individualized or small group instruction/support in a K-12 classroom setting under the supervision of a cooperating teacher. Students with credit for TCED 4383 may take TCED 5383 for credit. Three credit hours.
TCED 7103 Supervised Clinical Teaching
Co-requisite: TCED 7202. Application of teaching skills and methods in area schools with special attention to adapting state curricula, teaching plans, and methods to multicultural and inclusive classes. Requires at least 30 clock hours in schools. One credit hour.
TCED 7202 Specialized Instructional Methods
Co-requisite: TCED 7103. Objectives, philosophy of the subject field as applied to secondary education; consideration of issues, research in the content areas; application of adaptive and unique instructional strategies, methods to specific areas. Two credit hours.
TCED 7301 – Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Practice
The course focuses on understanding curriculum concepts. It examines the philosophical basis, pedagogical practices, and theories of curriculum. It explores the relationships between curriculum, teachers, learners, instruction, and policy. Candidates analyze their own positions and practices and consider reasons for modifying them based on the learned knowledge and understanding of curriculum. Three credit hours.
TCED 7350 Integrating Technology in PK-12 Education
Students use the basic concepts of curriculum development and cultural diversity to
design lessons, select techniques and utilize teaching materials to integrate
technology into their curriculum to meet the needs of students at different
developmental stages as well as content areas. Three credit hours.
TCED 7601 Internship
Prerequisite: 21 hours completed in the program, including TCED 7201, and passing scores on Praxis Subject Assessments. Co-requisite: TCED 7302. Students spend a full semester in a school, under supervision of a cooperating teacher or mentor and a University supervisor, observing, teaching, participating in activities involving the school, community. Six credit hours.