Middle Grades Education (BS)

Shown here are the general learning goals of the program broken down into specific student learning outcomes (SLOs). These SLOs represent what a student should be able to do as a result of successfully completing this program. Student performance on these outcomes are routinely assessed by program faculty as a way of informing programmatic improvement efforts.

Goal Outcome

1. Young Adolescent Development: Middle level teacher candidates understand and apply the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to young adolescent development that support student development and learning.

  • 1.1 The teacher candidate demonstrates an understanding of the complexity and interconnectedness of the intellectual, physical, social, emotional, moral, and academic development of young adolescents.
  • 1.2 The teacher candidate demonstrates leadership through advocacy for young adolescents.

2. Middle Grades Philosophy and School Organization: Middle level teacher candidates understand and apply the philosophical foundations of developmentally responsive middle level programs and schools and the organizational structures that support young adolescent development.

  • 2.1 Teacher candidate can articulate a rationale for implementing the middle school concept.
  • 2.2 Teacher candidate can describe the components of a developmentally responsive middle school.

3. Content Knowledge: Middle grades teacher candidates understand and use the central concepts, tools of inquiry, standards, and structures of content in their chosen teaching fields and create meaningful learning experiences that develop young adolescents' competence in subject matter and skills.

  • 3.1 Teacher candidate clearly articulates a systematic plan for deepening knowledge in the content discipline.
  • 3.2 Teacher candidate demonstrates depth of content knowledge focused on a particular area or topic relevant to North Carolina Standard Course of Study.