Middle School Teaching Endorsement - Education Department | Briar Cliff University

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


EDEL 220 - Earth and Space Science

This is a one credit introductory course, which consists of units that emphasize broad and up-to-date coverage of basic topics and principles in geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. 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

Provides teacher candidates with the skills and appropriate applications of current and emerging technologies and how to implement them with all learners in their context areas. Emphasis is given to the effective and ethical use of educational technologies. Read more »

EDUC 14 IS - Student Teaching Seminar

This course will provide practical information and research-based strategies to assist teacher candidates during the student teaching internship and their transition into the profession for Iowa licensure. This course must be taken in conjunction with student teaching. Read more »

EDUC 150 - Foundations and Ministry of Catholic School Teaching

Part 1 of this course provides a historical overview of the development of Catholic Schools in America; exploration of the Catholic School identity; legislation and judicial issues affecting Catholic schools; the governance and structure of the diocesan school system; and the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools. Part 2 of this course considers the concepts of the call, covenant, and mission of the Catholic school teacher; Catholic social teachings, faith community development; and reviews sources of spiritual formation. 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 IS 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 02 IS is taken concurrently with EDUC 318. Prerequisite: EDUC 100, EDUC 101, PSYC 110 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. Prerequisite: EDUC 100, EDUC 101 and acceptance into the Teacher Preparation Program. 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. Must be taken in conjunction with EDUC 14 IS Student Teaching Seminar. 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 is placed on the interaction among subgroups. Prerequisite: EDUC 100, EDUC 101 and 60 hours of coursework. 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.

The Briar Cliff education program is very unique. Some of my first classes were in different education classrooms watching and observing. This allowed me to see and understand what teaching different age levels was like. Each year after that, I was introduced to more and more opportunities for hands-on experience. By the time I graduate, I will know exactly what to expect and how to be a successful educator.

Nicole Raner

Elementary Education