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B.A., Middle School Education

logo-ncate.jpgThe Department of Teacher Education at Catawba College is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), This accreditation covers the initial licensure and M.Ed. in Elementary Education programs at Catawba College. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.




The following course of study along with general college requirements and applied practice meets North Carolina requirements for initial licensure in grades 6-9. Applied practice includes early field experiences assigned as part of the professional course sequence.

EDUC 2000 Introduction to Teaching and Educational Technology


*EDUC 3100 Theories of Teaching and Learning


*EDUC 3101 Learning Environments and Professional Practice


*EDUC 3108 Multiliteracies in the Content Areas


PSYC 1350 Adolescent Psychology


PSYC 2940 Psychology of Exceptionalities


Total for major:


*EDUC 4002 Student Teaching


*EDUC 4500 Professional Leadership Seminar


*Permission of the Teacher Education Council required.

Specialization Requirements:

In addition to the C
ore Requirements, students must complete one specialization area selected from the following:

Language Arts Specialization

  • EDUC 2150 Literature for Children and Youth (3) 
  • *EDUC 3006 Language Arts Methods for Middle and Secondary Teachers (3) 
  • COMM 1110 Introduction to Mass Media (3)
  • ENGL 3201 English Grammar OR ENGL 4801 Language and Society (3)
  • Four courses in English, three of which must be literature courses above 1000 level. (12)

*Permission of the Teacher Education Council required.

Mathematics Specialization

  • MATH 1120 Survey of Mathematics I (3)
  • MATH 1121 Survey of Mathematics II (3)
  • MATH 1132 Introduction to Statistics (3)
  • MATH 1601 Principles of Mathematics (3)
  • MATH 1701 Applied Calculus (3)
  • MATH 2535 History of Mathematics (3)
  • MATH 2900 Introduction to Mathematical Proofs (3)
  • MATH 3501 Linear Algebra (3)
  • *EDUC 3009 Mathematics Methods for Middle and Secondary Teachers (3)

*Permission of the Teacher Education Council required.

Science Specialization

  • BIOL 1101 Bioscience (4)
  • CHEM 1501, 1502 General Chemistry I, II (8)
  • ENV 1111 Earth Science (4)
  • *EDUC 3008 Integrated Science and Science Methods for Middle and Secondary Teachers (3)
  • PHYS 2521, 2522 General Physics I, II (8)


Social Studies Specialization

  • *EDUC 3007 Social Studies Methods for Middle and Secondary Teachers (3)
  • HIST 1112 Emerging Western World OR
    HIST 1113 Modern Western World (3)
  • HIST 1114 Contemporary World (3)
  • HIST 2400 North Carolina History (3)
  • HIST 3000 Historiography (3)
  • ECON 1901 Principles of Economics (3)
  • EDUC 2105 Cultural Geography (3)
  • POLS 1101 Introduction to American Politics (3)
  • SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3)


  • *EDUC 4002 Student Teaching and Seminar (12)
  • *EDUC 4500 Professional Leadership Seminar (3)

    Licensure in more than one field requires the completion of all requirements in each field. Applied practice must involve all fields. Requirements for licensure are in addition to degree requirements for a given major. In order to successfully complete a teacher education program, all candidates must have a minimum of 24 hours of coursework in the academic content area with a grade of C (equivalent to 2.0) or higher (middle grades, secondary, and special subjects).

    *Permission of the Teacher Education Council required.

Criminal Background Check

All candidates must successfully complete a criminal background check before being admitted into any teacher education program. Furthermore, all candidates must maintain an acceptable criminal background and Catawba College student discipline file throughout the program. Details are provided in the Department of Teacher Education Policies and Procedures Handbook. An additional criminal background is required by several school systems within our contiguous area, which must be completed prior to final approval and placement for student teaching. Student teachers affected by this policy will be notified.