Western Kentucky University

School of Teacher Education

Middle Grades Education

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Undergraduate Program: B.S. in Middle Level Education in Social Studies and Language Arts (Ref. #5001)

This program leads to the Bachelor of Science degree and the Kentucky Provisional Middle Grades Education (grades 5-9) certificate for teaching English/Language Arts and/or Social Studies.

The program requires:

  • A minimum of 44 semester hours of general education course work that includes a biological science course and physical science course.
  • 37-40 semester hours of professional education courses: MGE 275, PSY 310, SPED 330, PSY 421 or PSY 422, LTCY 421, MGE 385, MGE 475 and/or MGE 481 (a methods course required for each area of certification), MGE 490, and EDU 489.
  • A computer literacy course selected from: CIS 141 or LME 448.
  • 200 clock hours of field experiences prior to student teaching. These hours are assigned during the professional education courses.
  • The content courses in English/Language Arts shown below.

Dual Certification in English/Language Arts and Social Studies

English/Language Arts course work (24 hours)
 
ENG 100 Introduction to College Writing (3 hours)
ENG 300 Writing in the Disciplines (3 hours)
ENG 302 Language and Composition (3 hours)
ENG 390 Masterpieces of American Literature (3 hours)
LME 407 Literature for Young Adults (3 hours)

COMM 145 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 hours) OR
COMM 161 Business and Professional Speaking (3 hours)

Electives: 6 hours selected from the following:
ENG 301 Argument and Analysis (3 hours)
ENG 401 Advanced Composition (3 hours)
ENG 410 Composition Theory and Practice (3 hours) (Pre-requisite: ENG 304)

Social Studies course work (27-30 hours)
HIST 119 Western Civilization to 1648 (3 hours) OR
HIST 120 Western Civilization since 1648 (3 hours)

HIST 240 The United States to 1865 (3 hours)
HIST 241 The United States since 1865 (3 hours)
GEOG 110 World Regional Geography (3 hours)
GEOG 360 Geography of North America (3 hours)

ECON 150 Introduction to Economics (3 hours) OR
ECON 202 Principles of Economics (Micro) (3 hours) AND ECON 203 Principles of Economics (Macro) (3 hours)

PS 110 American National Government (3 hours)

SOCL 100 Introduction to Sociology (3 hours) OR
ANTH 120 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 hours)

Electives: 3 hours
            An upper division non-U.S., non-European history course

Social Studies Single Certification Option

Social Studies course work (36-39 hours)

Required coursework-24-27 hrs

  • Hist 119 or 120-3 hrs
  • GEOG 110-3 hrs
  • ECON 150 (3 HRS) OR ECON 202/203 (6 HRS)
  • PS 110-3HRS
  • SOCL 100 OR ANTH 120-3 HRS
  • HIST 240-3 HRS
  • HIST 241-3 HRS
  • GEOG 360-3 HRS

Restrictive Elective-12 hrs (choose among the following: HIST 305, 306,307,317,353,358, 456, 453,GEOG 330, 350, 451, 480

Professional Education Component—34 hrs

  • MGE 275-3 HRS
  • PSY 310-3 HRS
  • EXED 330-3 HRS
  • MGE 385-3 HRS
  • LTCY 421-3 HRS
  • PSY 421-3 HRS
  • MGE 481-3 HRS
  • EDU 489-3 HRS
  • MGE 490-10 HRS

General Education Component -44 hrs

See WKU catalog for guidance in selecting appropriate coursework to meet WKU’s General Education requirements.

English/Language Arts Single Certification Option

English Course work (33 hours)

Required coursework-33 hrs

  • ENG 100-3 HRS 
  • COMM 145 OR COMM 161-3 HRS
  • ENG 300-3 HRS
  • ENG 301-3 HRS
  • END 302-3 HRS
  • ENG 304-3 HRS
  • ENG 390-3 HRS
  • ENG 401-3 HRS
  • ENG 404-3 HRS
  • LME 407-3 HRS
  • ENG 410-3 HRS

Professional Education Component—34 hrs

  • MGE 275-3 HRS
  • PSY 310-3 HRS
  • EXED 330-3 HRS
  • MGE 385-3 HRS
  • LTCY 421-3 HRS
  • PSY 421-3 HRS
  • MGE 475-3 HRS
  • EDU 489-3 HRS
  • MGE 490-10 HRS

General Education Component -44 hrs

See WKU catalog for guidance in selecting appropriate coursework to meet WKU’s General Education requirements.

Math or Science Certification Option

Students interested in preparing to teach mathematics or science at the middle school level should refer to the program in Science and Mathematics Education.

 

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 Last Modified 2/27/14