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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Middle Grades Education (5-9), B.A.

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Successful completion of the middle grades education (5-9) program leads to the Bachelor of Arts and is the first step toward attaining certification to teach in grades 5-9 in Kentucky. Students wishing to enroll in the middle grades program must follow the admission guidelines for teacher education programs outlined by the College of Education. It is suggested that freshmen or other interested students declare a pre-education major in middle grades education. Doing so will enable the student to be assigned a teacher education advisor. The advisor will be familiar with the current curriculum and admission requirements as well as any impending changes that may occur prior to the student’s admission semester. Students pursuing a middle grades education program must complete at least two of the following teaching fields: English and communication, mathematics, science, social studies, or special education.  Special Education must be completed as a second major. See Special Education (P-12), B.A.  Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate will qualify for an institutional recommendation for a Kentucky Provisional Certificate for teaching in the middle grades (5-9), with appropriate teaching fields.

You should also know: At the time of graduation, all students in teacher education programs must meet the following requirements:

  1. Overall GPA of 2.75.
  2. Pedagogy (EDU and EDS courses) GPA of 2.75.
  3. Content course GPA of 2.75.
  4. NKU coursework GPA of 2.75.
  5. Minimum grade of C (not C-) in all education (EDS / EDU) courses.

Four-Year Plan: Click here  to view the Four-Year Plan for this specific program. To find out more about Four-Year Plans, visit the Policies and Procedures  page.

♦  Indicates prerequisite.

Degree Requirements (60 credits)


*Two methods courses are to be completed, one in Professional Semester I and the other in Professional Semester II. Students who plan to complete Special Education as an area will dual major and only be required to take one method course.

**These courses fulfill general education requirements in Individual and Society and Oral Communication.

Content area tracks

Students select two content area tracks from the following: English and communication, social studies, mathematics, science, and special education. A minimum of 12 credit hours of content coursework must be completed before enrolling in the corresponding methods course.

Total Credits 83

Total Credits 80

Total Credits 80

Total Credits 82-88

*Science electives: If credit hour total for track is fewer than 24 hours, select additional elective hours from the list above.

Middle Grades Education with Special Education

Students pursuing a middle grades education major may also choose to concurrently complete a second major in special education. For courses leading to certification in special education, refer to the Bachelor of Arts with a major in  special education program description.

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