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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Middle Grades Education Minor

Students interested in becoming middle school teachers (grades 4-8) earn a BA or BS in the College of Arts and Sciences in either mathematics, English, an area of science (e.g., astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, physical geography, physics, environmental science) or one of the social sciences (e.g., history, geography, political science, anthropology, sociology, economics). Students who have pursued programs in engineering or forestry may have course work that may count in this area.

Students also complete a minor in middle grades education which consists of a minimum of 12 credit hours in one of the other four content areas: mathematics, science, social science, or English, as well as the required courses (13 hours) as outlined below. Contact advisors in the college’s Student Services Center, A332 Jane and David Bailey Education Complex, for more information about specific requirements. The coursework listed below leads to middle grades licensure.

Maintaining Good Academic Standing in Teacher Education

To maintain good standing in the Teacher Education Program and to qualify for a degree and/or licensure as a teacher, students must perform adequately both in the university classroom and in the school(s). Students must maintain a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA, establish and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in their major, and maintain a minimum 2.8 GPA (course grade C or higher required) in professional education courses.

Complete information on the teacher licensure program is available through the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences’ website (http://cehhs.utk.edu/), the college’s Office of Student Services – Bailey Education Complex, A332, or from teaching area faculty.

Required Undergraduate Courses (25 hours)

Post-Baccalaureate (27 hours)

The following courses are taken during the post-baccalaureate professional internship year (Reading Education 543 may be taken prior to or after the professional year internship). Students must apply to and be admitted by the Office of Graduate and International Admissions prior to registration.


  • REED 543 - Literacy and Literature in the Middle Grades
  • TPTE 543 - Middle Grades: Concepts and Practices
  • TPTE 574 - Analysis of Teaching for Professional Development
  • TPTE 575 - Professional Internship in Teaching
  • TPTE 591 - Clinical Studies

Select one course:

  • ENED 543 - Teaching Language Arts in the Middle Grades
  • MEDU 543 - Teaching Mathematics in Middle School
  • SCED 543 - Teaching Science in the Middle Grades
  • SSCE 543 - Teaching Social Studies in the Middle Grades

Note: Teacher licensure is granted at the successful completion of this coursework; 9 additional hours may be taken to complete the master’s degree. For details, see the Graduate Catalog.