Middle Grades Education, B.S. Language Arts with Grade 6–9 Teacher Licensure Concentration


This program is designed specifically to prepare future teachers interested in working with middle grade students in language arts. Coursework and extensive student-teaching work prepares students for North Carolina licensure in grades 6–9 and includes an essential understanding of middle grade students and schools, rigorous content-area knowledge, and exemplary teaching practice.

Program Distinctions

  • This degree program follows the admission guidelines of the School of Education teacher programs. 
  • UNCG has ranked in the top category of teacher education programs in the N.C. Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) rankings for three consecutive years.
  • Accreditations and affiliations include Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).

The Student Experience

  • There are opportunities for service in programs and centers serving local middle grades students, as well as workshops designed to strengthen each candidate’s understanding and skill.
  • Students have opportunities to partner with faculty on their academic research, in topics such as: equity in science education; student culture/identity and learning; professional development in math education; educational psychology; sociocultural lens on learning; student belonging; teaching politics; and online education.
  • Education students have access to the Student Educator Learning Factory (SELF) Studio, a unique makerspace designed to equip student teachers with knowledge of technologies like augmented reality and 3-D printing that they can incorporate into their classroom lesson plans. 
  • Work is done in close collaboration with UNCG and public school faculty for a range of “theory into practice” experiences.
  • Students are given access to the Teaching Resources Center (TRC), a model school library media center that supports School of Education students with a large collection including books, audiobooks, and DVDs; instructional materials; study guides; and equipment available to borrow.

Be sure to meet with your academic advisor each semester for more details pertaining to your program of study.

After Graduation

  • Upon completion of the program, students are confident and competent, thanks to extensive field experiences in a variety of diverse school settings.
  • Graduates are sought after by employers because of the close supervision and extensive field experience they received in their major and often assume leadership positions in their schools and state.
  • There is the option of post-baccalaureate certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). 

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