Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Education in middle level education degree prepares students to teach grades 4-8. Graduates will be eligible for Arkansas licensure in two middle level content areas of their choosing—math, science, language arts, and/or social studies.

The 120-hour program provides a comprehensive understanding of young adolescent learners and of the need for a learning environment that is responsive to students’ developmental needs. Students will also gain expertise in teaching field content and pedagogy.

The program coordinator will assess each applicant’s transcript on an individual basis and help develop a customized program for that student.


Before you apply:

Please review the admission requirements and contact the program advisor to determine whether you qualify for admission to this program.

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Program Details

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this program, applicants must:

  • Be formally admitted to UALR.  Undergraduate admission requirements for the university can be found in our “Become a Student” section.
  • Have completed RHET 1311 and 1312 English Composition and with a grade of C or greater; have completed MATH 1302 with a grade of C or greater
  • Have completed at least 50 hours (for the Middle Childhood Education program) with a cumulative GPA of 2.70 or greater
  • Submit official Praxis Core (formerly called PPST) which are no lower than the state of Arkansas minimum cutoff score for each test.*

* Note that Praxis and/or GRE tests takes approximately three (3) weeks for UALR to receive the scores.

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to complete 120 minimum total hours, including 60 hours of major requirements and up to 40 hours of concentration courses from two content areas: language arts, social studies, math, and/or science.

To graduate from this program, candidates must:
• Earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on an approved program of study as outlined above
• Successfully complete Praxis requirements for licensure
• Successfully complete and defend an electronic portfolio
• Successfully complete an unpaid internship.

Please check with the program coordinator or visit the School of Education website for more information about these requirements.

Program Advisor

Dr. Lundon Pinneo | Program Coordinator
School of Education
501.916.3267 | | School of Education website


UA Little Rock School of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP). CAEP advances excellent educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.

UA Little Rock is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.


UA Little Rock makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501.569.3003, or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501.569.3143. The Disability Support Services website,, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.

Cost per credit hour: $280

University Standard Core Courses (18-21 hours)

First Year Experience (Choose 3 hours)

College of Business students may take BSAD 1100 for equivalent.

PEAW 1300 First Year Colloquium (3 credit hours)

Communication – Written (Choose 3 - 6 hours)

(Select 1 set)
RHET 1311 AND RHET 1312
RHET 1320 Honors Composition

RHET 1311 Composition I (3 credit hours)
RHET 1312 Composition II (3 credit hours)
RHET 1320 Honors Composition (3 credit hours)

College Core Courses (14 hours)

Required Courses (60 hours)

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In addition to the courses listed, students must complete a 3-hour Arkansas History course to meet state licensure requirements.

*Concentration methods courses include:
Social studies track: HIST 4397
Language arts or science tracks: TCED 4300
Math track: MATH 3383

Formal admission to the program is required to enroll in the following courses.

Fall Block I (Choose 16 hours)

In addition to the courses listed, students are encouraged to take one concentration methods course* and one elective.

MCED 4302 Introduction to Middle Level Education (3 credit hours)
TCED 4321 Teaching Diverse Adolescents (3 credit hours)
MCED 3303 Middle Childhood Curriculum and Planning (3 credit hours)
MCED 3105 Field Experience I (1 credit hours)

Spring I (Choose 15 hours)

In addition to the courses listed, students are encouraged to take one concentration methods course* and one elective.

MCED 3430 Integrated Mid-level Curriculum (4 credit hours)
SPED 4301 Education of Exceptional Learners (3 credit hours)
MCED 3240 Field Experience II (2 credit hours)

Program Concentration Courses (36-40 hours)

Select 2 content areas and complete all required courses for both with a grade of “C” or better. Some courses may be included in the university or college core curriculum.

Prior to formal admittance to this program, students will need to complete 15 hours toward one concentration. Please note that some courses in the Math and Science concentrations may not be available online at this time. Your advisor will help you plan your individual program of study.

Students may complete any two content areas; however, they are listed below in two categories for your convenience: Concentration One (Social Studies/Language Arts) and Concentration Two (Math/Science).

Language Arts (Choose 18 hours)

In addition to the courses listed, students are also required to complete one ENGL/RHET upper level course to complete this content area.

RHET 1311 Composition I (3 credit hours)
RHET 1312 Composition II (3 credit hours)
ENGL 2337 World Literature (3 credit hours)
RHET 3301 Editing for Usage, Style and Clarity (3 credit hours)
TCED 4300 Workshop (3 credit hours)

Science (Choose 20 hours)

In addition to the course listed, students are required to complete eight hours of core science, and eight hours of science with a lab.

Please note: Not all science courses may be available online. Contact your program advisor for more information.

TCED 4300 Workshop (3 credit hours)