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Middle Childhood 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.
 

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 2029. Combine this expected growth with 2020 annual median salaries of $41,950-$60,180 and you can see why so many choose to enter this rewarding career field.

Format

On Campus

Credit Hours

120

Certificate of Proficiency

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.

 

Endorsements

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.

 

Application Requirements

The middle childhood education program is designed for students who have graduated in the top half of their high school class and have maintained a minimum 2.75 GPA during their first two years of college. Candidates must meet these criteria to be considered for admission into the program. 

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

The goal of the Bachelor of Science in middle childhood education program is to provide a baccalaureate program for the preparation of middle-level teachers that provides:
  • Content Knowledge - Demonstrate content knowledge by successfully completing PRAXIS II and the Principles of Learning and Teaching exams.
  • Learner and Learning - Demonstrate an appropriate response to diversity in the middle-level classroom by successfully completing two diversity-related assignments.
  • Instructional Planning and Practice - Successfully develop and implement an integrated unit of study for middle-level students (grades 4-8).
  • Professional Responsibility - Successfully collaborate with families and community members in order to motivate all young adolescents to learn.


CAEP Accreditation

CAEP Accreditation LogoThis program is fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), an affiliate of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP accreditation is a seal of approval that assures quality in educator preparation. Accreditation makes sure that educator programs prepare new teachers to know their subjects, their students, and have the clinical training that allows them to enter the classroom ready to teach effectively.

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