M.ED. IN EDUCATION: MIDDLE LEVEL LICENSURE 4-8

Students sitting in classroom working. A young Spanish teacher is helping a middle aged African American boy with an assignment.

The Master of Education degree in Education: middle level licensure (4-8) enhances the general expertise of middle-level educators by providing a more comprehensive understanding of young adolescent learners and the need for a learning environment that is responsive to students’ developmental needs. In addition, this program provides expertise in both teaching content and pedagogy. Individuals with licensure in Middle Childhood Education are licensed to teach grades 4-8.


4 STEPS TO YOUR TEACHING CAREER

 

STEP 1:

Degree in Hand

You’ll need to have earned your bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university.

Complete at least 18 hours in two content areas at either the undergraduate or graduate level.

 

STEP 3:

Submit Test Scores

Submit your standardized test scores to your advisor.

 

STEP 4:

Apply Online

Fill out the online admissions application and submit the required materials to the Graduate School.


WHY SHOULD YOU BECOME MIDDLE CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR?

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

The Master of Education degree in middle childhood education is offered to those with a degrees in areas other than education. This program leads to licensure in middle childhood education content areas including 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.

Candidates are eligible for provisional licensure. Please contact our Director of Placement and Licensure, Heather Newsam, for more details.

Admission Requirements

Graduate School Admission

  • Apply for admission to the UA Little Rock Graduate School.
  • $40 non-refundable application fee paid via the link in the initial application email or by contacting the Cashier’s Office.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges and universities (undergraduate and graduate).
    • International students must have their transcripts articulated. Transcripts that have not been articulated can be submitted for the application process; however, if a student is granted admission, WES-articulated transcripts must be submitted to the Graduate School before he or she can register for classes.
  • Proof of 2 MMR vaccines. Contact your program coordinator if you think you are eligible for a waiver. Students only in the UA Little Rock Online programs are exempt.
  • Proof of a grade point average of at least 2.7 on a 4.00 scale, including post-baccalaureate hours.
  • A copy of your government-issued photo ID.

International Student Admission

Required documents for international admission:

  • Tuberculosis screening
    • All applicants must provide proof of a Tuberculosis screening, which must be performed in the United States of America and can be done at the Health Services Center at UA Little Rock.
  • Health and accident insurance
    • All international students must purchase the health and accident insurance provided by UA Little Rock and maintain coverage year-round. Students will be billed at the beginning of each fall and spring semester. A student who enters in a summer semester will be billed for that semester as well, making the total number of times billed three instead of two. If you have any questions, please contact Health Services at 501-569-3188.
  • Transfer forms
    • Applicants transferring from another institution within the United States of America must also provide a Transfer and Visa form completed by the applicant’s International Student Services advisor from his or her current institution.
  • Financial statement (students with F and J visas only)
    • Before they can be accepted into the Graduate School, students must provide a financial statement showing that they are financially capable of pursuing a graduate education in the United States of America. For more information on this form, please contact the office of International Student Services at 501-916-5815.
  • All applicants must submit a copy of their visa.

Transfer Students

Transfer students may be admitted with an official transcript from a state-sanctioned graduate program. A total of 9 credits may be approved with a GPA of 3.0.


Program Admission

Regular Admission
    • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale), OR
    • Grade point average 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.*
* For entry into the graduate initial licensure programs, we will accept required ACT scores at or above a minimum math score 19, reading score of 19, and a writing score of 6 or the English/Writing Combined score of 19. If an individual has taken the ACT multiple times, we will consider the highest score in each category. We will accept corresponding comparable SAT and/or GRE scores as well. If a prospective student has ACT scores below the minimum composite score, or have not taken the writing section of the ACT, they may take the Accuplacer Next Generation exam or exams at the UA Little Rock Testing Center and must make at least a score that corresponds to the comparative ACT minimum score. Or, they may also choose to retake the ACT (not offered at the Testing Center) to attempt to reach the minimum score required for entrance into the programs. If an applicant has taken the Praxis Core or Praxis I/PPST, we will also accept what were considered passing scores in those exams as well (Praxis Core minimum scores: reading 156; math 150; writing 162; PPST minimum scores of Reading 172, Math 171, and Writing 173). We will accept any of the above passing scores in any combination for reading, math and writing. There will also be an appeals process for students who do not meet the minimum scores and wish to pursue admission. Ask your advisor about this process.
Conditional Admission
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution; a cumulative undergraduate GPA of no lower than 2.5; and a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of at least 144 on the Verbal Scale, 141 on the Quantitative Scale, and 4.5 on the Analytical Writing Scale, OR
  • Completion of at least 12 semester hours of graduate coursework in another UALR graduate program or graduate program from another regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and no grade lower than a B.
Additional Requirements
  • Upon admittance the candidate must select one of the four content areas in Middle Childhood – Math, Science, English Language Arts and/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 be taking 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, Monday through Friday 7:30am-4:30pm, during the K-12 school year (normally August through May).

* For entry into the graduate initial licensure programs, we will accept required ACT scores at or above a minimum math score 19, reading score of 19, and a writing score of 6 or the English/Writing Combined score of 19. If an individual has taken the ACT multiple times, we will consider the highest score in each category. We will accept corresponding comparable SAT and/or GRE scores as well. If a prospective student has ACT scores below the minimum composite score, or have not taken the writing section of the ACT, they may take the Accuplacer Next Generation exam or exams at the UA Little Rock Testing Center and must make at least a score that corresponds to the comparative ACT minimum score. Or, they may also choose to retake the ACT (not offered at the Testing Center) to attempt to reach the minimum score required for entrance into the programs. If an applicant has taken the Praxis Core or Praxis I/PPST, we will also accept what were considered passing scores in those exams as well (Praxis Core minimum scores: reading 156; math 150; writing 162; PPST minimum scores of Reading 172, Math 171, and Writing 173). We will accept any of the above passing scores in any combination for reading, math and writing. There will also be an appeals process for students who do not meet the minimum scores and wish to pursue admission. Ask your advisor about this process.** Completion of application does not guarantee approval. All sites must be approved by the School of Education in cooperation with the Arkansas Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Retention Requirements

Once admitted, students are required to meet the following criteria:

  • Maintain a 3.0 grade point average with at least a grade of B in all education courses including all courses associated with the licensure/degree plan.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior, content knowledge, and classroom performance which 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, behaviors, and dispositions. Once the student has begun the program, periodic evaluations will assess progress. 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.

Initial Licensure Track

The M.Ed. degree in middle childhood education offers an initial licensure track to those with a degree in an area other than education who are seeking licensure in middle childhood education (math, science, language arts, and social studies). Each person’s transcript will be assessed on an individual basis in order to develop a program specifically for that candidate.
During regular semesters, all courses are offered online. Some courses require a field placement in a local school.

Graduation Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on an approved program of study
  • Successful completion and defense of an exit portfolio
  • Complete Praxis II Content examinations

Curriculum


The M.Ed. degree in middle childhood education requires 33 graduate credit hours.

Initial Licensure Track

  • TCED 5383 Instructional Skills
  • TCED 5321 Teaching Diverse Learners
  • TCED 5330 Classroom Management
  • SPED 7301 Foundations of Special Education
  • EDFN 7370 Educational Assessment
  • TCED 7301 Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Practice
  • TCED 7202 Specialized Instructional Methods
  • TCED 7103 Supervised Clinical Teaching
  • MCED 7313 Introduction to Middle Level Education
  • TCED 7350 Integrating Technology in PK-12 Education
  • TCED 7601 Internship (Must pass Praxis II Content before application approval)

Course Descriptions

Middle Level and 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.

Educational Foundation & Special Education Courses

EDFN 7370 Educational Assessment
Assessment, evaluation; role of measurement in education and human service agencies; psychometric properties of norm- referenced and criterion-referenced tests; construction of test items with specialized considerations for atypical populations such as young children, culturally different, and those with exceptionalities; use and interpretation of standardized tests in educational settings. Three credit hours.

SPED 7301 Foundations of Special Educationt
This course surveys the foundations of educational programs for students with disabilities, emphasizing the historical, philosophical, and legal aspects of special education. Course work includes surveys of the characteristics and needs of students with various disabilities. Three credit hours.


MEET OUR FACULTY

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Lundon Pinneo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Education

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William Kerns, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Education

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Andrew L. Hunt, Ph.D.

Graduate Coordinator & Advisor, Associate Professor

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Yoriko Umezawa Perritt

Adjunct Instructor

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