Middle School Education

Degree Type: Teaching Endorsement

If you're seeking a middle school endorsement (grades 5-8), you must also be enrolled as a major in either elementary education or secondary education.

Middle School Education Courses

EDMI 421 - Teaching in Middle School

The structure and curriculum of the middle school are studied in relationship to educational objectives and research in human development. Careful analysis will be made of research- based models for curriculum design and instruction in the middle school, specifically grades 5-8. Interdisciplinary teaming, advisories, and other strategies supporting the rationale of the middle school concept will be addressed. Read more »

EDMI 422 - Middle School Literacy

This course prepares middle school teachers in the use of literacy strategies (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) for students in grades 5-8 and how to infuse these strategies throughout the curriculum. Read more »

EDUC 03 IS - Educational Technology

This is an introduction to using computers and information technology in education. The various uses of computers and technology in education are examined with an emphasis on creating all types of digital media: text, images, audio, and video. The student will become familiar with common productivity tools, and will identify useful education-related Internet resources. The student will look at how information technology is being used in today's classrooms. Read more »

EDUC 14 IS - Electronic Portfolio

This course prepares education majors in how to create the electronic portfolio used to demonstrate the candidate's competency in meeting each of the standards of the Teacher Preparation Program. This course must be taken in conjunction with student teaching. Read more »

EDUC 210 - Educational Foundations

This course provides an orientation to the teaching profession through historical and philosophical discussions, professional readings, presentations, guest speakers, and practicums at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Discussion topics include the structure of American education, school structure and governance, philosophies of education, and professional ethics and legal responsibilities. Prerequisite for all education courses. Read more »

EDUC 250 - Management and Instruction

An examination of and experimentation with various processes and strategies in classroom management and arrangement available to elementary and secondary classroom teachers is presented. Activities will include planning and organization of lessons, and approaches to discipline. EDUC 01 IR is taken concurrently with EDUC 250. Read more »

EDUC 270 - Exceptional Learners

The intent of the course is to examine education of persons with learning disabilities, mental retardation, emotional and behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, sensory impairments, other health impairments, and gifted and talented children. The special traits of each group will be studied as well as the relationships of their traits and abilities to their education, social and psychological needs. Stress will be placed on practical applications of theory (e.g. remediation techniques, etc.) as well as the theories regarding etiological factors. Read more »

EDUC 318 - Educational Psychology

Study of psychological principles applicable to the learning process; theories of learning, and research pertinent to teaching and learning. EDUC 02IR is taken concurrently with EDUC 318. Read more »

EDUC 330 - Educational Measurement and Evaluation

Emphasis upon the nature of standardized tests and the construction of classroom evaluative devices; introduction of elementary statistics; test interpretation; discussion of current trends and needs in evaluation. Read more »

EDUC 410 - Student Teaching in the Elementary School

Scope and general characteristics of the elementary school, including teacher characteristics, evaluation; classroom management and control; current trends and issues in teaching and professional growth. Directed observations, participation and teaching under the supervision and guidance of selected classroom teachers and the college supervisor of student teaching. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Teacher Preparation Program and completion of the professional methods sequence Read more »

EDUC 452 - Human Relations for Teachers

Designed to develop professional human relation skills for teaching in an aspiring pluralistic society through both theoretical and experiential work. Special emphasis placed on understanding social, cultural, and interpersonal dimensions of the interaction among subgroups. Approximately half of the course time is spent in off-campus experiences. Read more »

PSYC 280 - Developmental Psychology

This course focuses on the development of an individual from conception to death. Psychological/physiological growth is studied in terms of cognitive, psychosocial, moral, psychosexual, and thanotological developmental stage theories. A minimum of one behavioral observation and a journal research report written in APA style will be required. Prerequisite: PSYC 110 • Fall, Spring Read more »

PSYC 350 - Child Psychology

A study of the intellectual, socioemotional, educational, and physiological development of the child from conception to adolescence including the impact of environmental/hereditary factors. Emphasis is placed on theory and research with primary focus on the developmental theories of Piaget (Cognitive), Erikson (Psychosocial), Kohlberg (Moral), and Freud (Psychoanalytic). A formal classroom presentation and an APA-style paper on current research in child psychology are required. Prerequisite: PSYC 110 and 280 Read more »

Additional Program Requirements

To gain a middle school teaching endorsement, you must also complete two, 12-hour areas of specialization from science, math, social studies or language arts. Contact your advisor for more information.

Anna Koch

As a Sioux City native, Anna Koch felt right at home at Briar Cliff University. "The biggest reason I chose to attend BCU was because every time I stepped on campus, I felt right at home."

Anna Koch