Middle Grades Education, B.S. Science with Grade 6-9 Teacher Licensure Concentration


This program is designed specifically to prepare future teachers interested in working with middle grade students in science. 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). 

Want more information? Let’s get started!