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Middle Level Education (4-8)

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Leave a lasting legacy and enjoy a rewarding career as a teacher by earning a Bachelor of Science in middle childhood education from UAFS.

UAFS’s Bachelor of Science in middle childhood education (grades 4-8) program provides an in-depth curriculum with concentrations in English, math, science, and social studies taught by accomplished education faculty. Coursework meets Arkansas and National Middle School Association standards for teacher licensure in middle childhood.

There is a separate application for admission into the School of Education, and requirements for admission may change over time. Students must meet admission requirements that are current at the time of their final application for admission to the teacher education program.


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Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
This 15-hour program provides a curriculum designed for those who teach English as a second language domestically and abroad. Courses include Language and Culture, Second Language Acquisition, English Grammar, and Intermediate Spanish II. By completing this coursework and the state-required PRAXIS Assessment, licensed teachers can add an ESL endorsement to their Arkansas teaching license.

This 9-credit hour program provides curriculum designed for those in helping professions such as human services, health care organizations, educators, and others. Courses include Intermediate Spanish I, II, and Spanish for the Professions. Beginning Spanish I and II, or required placement scores are prerequisites for Intermediate Spanish I.

What can I do with a Bachelor of Science in middle childhood education?

Earning your B.S. in middle childhood education prepares you for a rewarding and challenging career as a middle school teacher. Upon successful completion of this program, graduates are qualified to teach in the state of Arkansas. Many UAFS graduates continue their formal education by completing master's and doctoral degrees at highly recognized universities. 
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for middle school teachers is expected to maintain pace with the general economy well through 2031. Combine this expected growth with the 2022 annual median salary of $62,310 and you can see why so many choose to enter this rewarding career field.


Special Education Resource Room Endorsement
This 12-hour program is designed to address special education and is not available in all licensure areas. Current students must be admitted to the teacher education program to enroll in this program. By completing this coursework and the state-required PRAXIS Assessment, licensed teachers can add the SERR endorsement to their Arkansas teaching license.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • articulate content knowledge in two of the following content areas: Math, Social Studies, Reading, and Science, to proficiently teach Arkansas content area standards in the grades 4-8 classroom environment.
  • construct an appropriate response to diversity in the classroom, to prepare teacher candidates for appropriate differentiated instruction. Teacher candidates will demonstrate evidence-based best practices to meet the needs of all students in the grades 4-8 classroom environment.
  • articulate developmentally appropriate evidence-based instruction, demonstrating proficiency in content, lesson planning, differentiation, and reflective practices.
  • prioritize professional collaboration by engaging with colleagues, families, and communities in a respectful, reciprocal relationship that fosters classroom development.


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