Middle Level Education - Coastal Carolina University
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B.A. in Middle Level Education

The B.A. in Middle Level Education program prepares graduates to meet the educational requirements for South Carolina teacher licensure in grades 5-8. The program enables candidates to become knowledgeable about (1) the developmental characteristics of young adolescents, (2) the range of individual differences of young adolescents, and (3) the implications that adolescent growth and development may have on teaching and learning.

Candidates are trained to demonstrate skill in creating, designing, and implementing curriculum and instructional activities that are based on standards (state and national), are interdisciplinary in nature, demonstrate integration of technology in curriculum planning and instruction, and are developmentally appropriate for the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs of young adolescents between the ages of 10 and 14.

The Student Experience: 

  • The Spadoni College of Education and Social Sciences is nationally accredited by CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) and the South Carolina Board of Education.
  • Students who earn a degree from Coastal Carolina University and who are granted licensure by the state of South Carolina are eligible for reciprocal licensure* in every other state.
  • The Middle Level Education program includes extensive clinical experiences in area schools, beginning in the first semester of study in education and continuing through the internship experience at the end of the program. Clinical field work begins with a focus on guided observation experiences, followed by expectations for individual, small group and whole-class instruction.
  • Coastal Carolina University offers two student organizations for education majors: The South Carolina Education Association Club (SCEA) and the national education honor society, Kappa Delta Pi.

*Does not mean full reciprocal. Graduates are responsible for contacting their respective state department of education to determine licensure eligibility. We can only guarantee licensure in South Carolina.

Admission to the Program:

All students enter the program as pre-majors. Candidates may complete a formal application for admission to the professional program in teacher education (PPTE) when they have completed at least 60 hours of college level coursework and have met the following requirements:

  • Earn at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA;
  • Earn a "C" or better in ENGL 101, ENGL 102 or ENGL 211, EDML 317, EDUC 111, EDUC 334, and EDUC 204;
  • At least two specialization courses from content area should be complete;
  • Earn passing scores on all three areas of Praxis Core or meet the exemption policy;
  • Successfully clear a criminal background check; 
  • Complete a Professional Reference; and
  • Candidates are reviewed for acceptance by the Portal I Faculty Committee.

Areas of Study:

EDML 317 Foundations in Literacy Across the Lifespan

EDML 417 Reading in the Content Area - Middle Level

EDML 425 Classroom Organization and Management - Middle Level 

EDML 441 Middle Level Curriculum and Organization

EDML 445 Middle Level Instructional Theory and Practice 

Take two of the following methodology courses:

      EDML 489 Methods for Teaching English/Language Arts at the Middle Level

      EDML 490 Methods for Teaching Social Studies at the Middle Level

      EDML 491 Methods for Teaching Science at the Middle Level

      EDML 492 Methods for Teaching Mathematics at the Middle Level

EDML 458 Internship Seminar

EDML 468 Internship


TeachSC Resources and Support

Our partner, TeachSC, is a program that provides free support to anyone who’s thinking about becoming a teacher. When you sign up, you get perks like 1-on-1 coaching, up to $100 back in fee reimbursements towards expenses related to applying to our programs (including testing and fingerprints), and a chance to win a regional $1,000 scholarship! Access these resources by signing up here!

Middle School Interns Providing Online Instructional Modules to Students During their Clinical Experiences:

For More Information:

Suzanne Horn, Ph.D.
Chair, Teacher Education
Prince Building 105J