Prospective Middle School Education majors at Catawba can apply for a West Scholarship through the Academy for Teaching. The Martha Kirkland West Teaching Scholars receive $5,000 in addition to academic scholarships awarded by Catawba with the exception of those receiving the McCorkle’s Scholarship of Academic Distinction. West Scholars demonstrate leadership, community involvement, and a commitment to teaching. To prepare these aspiring teachers with 21st century skills and to heighten their awareness of cultural diversity, West Scholars enjoy early field experiences beginning in their freshman year, regional travel opportunities, interesting cultural events, learn how to integrate technology in the classroom, participate in leadership development, and engage in service learning.Apply for this Scholarship
Middle School (6-9) Education Degree – Bachelor of Arts (BA) with Four Concentrations
Impact future generations with a Middle School Education Degree.
Catawba College undergraduates who want to impact future generations can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Middle School (grades 6-9) Education and make that happen. Middle School Education majors at Catawba receive an education rich in personal attention, with small class sizes affording students the opportunity to make enriching valuable connections with their inspiring professors, peers, and mentor teachers. In addition, students majoring in an education field may be eligible for a Teaching Scholarship upon acceptance to the College.
Students pursuing Catawba’s Middle School Education bachelor’s degree program receive high-level support throughout their tenure at the college in order to help them meet the requirements for program completion and teacher licensure. Completion of the Middle School Education bachelor’s degree requirements, including applied practice and student teaching, prepares Catawba’s Middle School Education graduates for North Carolina initial licensure to teach students in grades 6 through 9.
Recognized by Colleges of Distinction for our innovative approach to education, Catawba College’s Education degree programs prepare future educators who “are bolstered by an enriching liberal arts perspective, allowing them to be empathetic, creative, and efficient mentors for their students.”
In fact, preparing reflective teachers who possess the professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for effectively teaching students in a diverse and global society is the goal of Catawba’s Teacher Education Department. Our rich tradition of education and developing excellent teachers dates back to 1925 and continues today, with Catawba College’s Education graduates enjoying great success in securing teaching jobs immediately after graduation.
Catawba's Teacher Education programs are approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction for licensure of our graduates. Plus, the Middle School Education bachelor's degree program is offered at an institution that U.S. News ranks as #4 among Best Regional Colleges in the South and that The Princeton Review perennially includes in its annual Best Colleges guide.
All students seeking admission to Catawba’s Teacher Education programs, including the Middle School Education Bachelor of Arts degree program, must apply for admission. Catawba’s Teacher Education Council will consider applicants for admission to undergraduate licensure programs three times a year and students seeking admission must meet very specific requirements and undergo a criminal background check.
Before Catawba’s Middle School Education majors can student teach, they must submit a separate student teaching application and meet specific criteria.
In addition to meeting the core requirements for the Middle School Education bachelor’s degree program, students must complete one concentration area from one of the four which are offered. Licensure in more than one concentration requires completion of all requirements in each concentration field.
Concentrations offered include:
Language Arts Concentration
Choose the Language Arts concentration if you are interested in teaching English, Literature, Mass Media or Writing in the middle grades or junior high. Prospective Language Arts teachers will take courses that include Literature, Introduction to Mass Media, English Grammar and Literary Criticism.
Select the Mathematics concentration if you have strong math skills and an interest in teaching Mathematics to middle schoolers or junior high students. Coursework within this concentration includes Survey of Mathematics I and II, Introduction to Statistics, Applied Calculus and Linear Algebra.
If you have a bent toward the scientific and want to share your scientific curiosity with students in the middle grades or in junior high, the Science concentration may be just right for you. The courses you’ll take include Bioscience, General Chemistry, Earth Science, and General Physics.
Social Studies Concentration
Pick the Social Studies concentration if you want to teach middle schoolers about their history, society and culture from a state, national and global perspective. Your coursework will include classes in Global History and Cultural Traditions, American History and Cultural Traditions, North Carolina History, Cultural Geography, and American Politics.
Through Catawba College Teacher Education program, Education majors develop many skills that employers desire, including active listening, complex problem solving, critical thinking, assessment, evaluation, administering and interpreting diagnostic test, strategies for instruction/training, organizational (classroom) management, multi-tasking, service orientation, time management, and reading/speaking/writing skills. These valuable skills not only serve students well in a teaching career, but will also transfer to other areas of future success.
Previous Catawba College Education alumni have put these aforementioned skills to use through distinguished community service, successful business careers, and even in governmental and political careers. More than 70 alumni of Catawba College’s Teacher Education Department have been honored with Teacher of the Year Awards, Principal of the Year Awards, First-Year Teacher Awards, and distinguished community service awards.
All undergraduates pursuing a Middle School Education Bachelor of Arts degree participate in internships and service learning during their coursework, providing them with outlets to apply their classroom knowledge in real-world, on-the-job situations.
Catawba’s Shirley Ritchie Academy for Teaching enriches the Teacher Education program for all students who choose Catawba College for teacher preparation. Established in 2007, the Academy focuses on equipping its participants with 21st century teaching skills by offering extensive field experiences through regional and East Coast travel, community leadership development, and service learning. It is also the home of Catawba’s outstanding scholarship program for aspiring teachers, the Martha Kirkland West Scholars.