Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Education – Middle School Education [4-8]

Overview

The middle school experience is one of transition and growth, mentally and physically. Middle school students need teachers who can help them meet these challenges, find their strengths, and open up possibilities. This program provides that latest methods and strategies to teach middle school students. You will explore ways to successfully teach and engage all learners as well as gain in-depth knowledge in your selected content area.

Academics and Curriculum

The BS in Middle School Education will equip you with the skills to teach middle school grade 4-8. In addition to education courses, you will take several courses related to your of emphasis.
Student experiences include both educational theory and practice. You will take a range of education course work including:

  • Developmental Psychology of Adolescence
  • Study of Exceptional Students
  • Assessment and classroom management
  • Professional Roles and Responsibilities
  • Digital Literacy, Learning and Citizenship in Education

As a middle school education major, you will choose from one of the following content area options:

School-based field experiences include:

  • Field-based experiences begin your first-semester. You will visit classrooms and observe teachers at local schools to better understand what it takes to be a teacher in diverse educational settings. You will connect with teachers, school administrators, parents and students.
  • Volunteer at one of our lab schools.You will have the opportunity to volunteer and work with children with special needs and learning differences at our on-campus laboratory schools – Starpoint and KinderFrogs.
  • In your final semester, you will participate in full-time clinical (student) teaching. During this time, you will be fully engaged as a co-teacher in a local public or private school. With the guidance of your mentor teacher and supervisor, you will gain first-hand experience managing a classroom, large and small group teaching, lesson planning and motivating your students.You also have the option to teach abroad for three weeks.

Admissions

Step 1: Apply to TCU
The TCU Office of Undergraduate Admissions oversees the application process required for the university. A student must be accepted to TCU before applying to the College of Education (COE).

Step 2: Apply to the College of Education Teacher Education Program
Students who plan to earn a teaching certificate must declare Education as their major and formally apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program in the College of Education. Students apply to the Teacher Education Program when they have 54 hours toward their degree.

Eligibility requirements for the Teacher Education Program at TCU are outlined in the TCU Catalog or can be found here. Please note that all applicants must be enrolled at TCU at the time of program application. For more information, please see the Undergraduate Admissions Requirements.

As of March 15, 2017, the Texas Education Agency Board requires the implementation of an Accountability System for Educator Preparation Programs (ASEP) technology fee, as required by 19 TAC 229.9(7). This fee is required for each candidate seeking certification; the candidate must pay a $55 fee when admitted to the program for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 years. For the 2018-2019 academic year and beyond, certification candidates enrolled in the program will pay a fee of $35 per year. The fee will appear on your TCU student account.

Application Deadlines

  • March 1 for fall admission (starting in August)
  • October 1 for spring admission (starting in January)

Resources and Useful Links