Lesley’s BA in Middle School Education leads to initial licensure as a teacher in grades 5-8 in any of the following subject areas: English, Mathematics, General Science, Political Science, and History.
The undergraduate Middle School Education major draws on the psychology of early adolescence to develop teaching techniques particularly relevant to children at this stage of development. Coursework within grades 5-8 is designed to give the student experience with children of different ages and a variety of curricula. Students complete a one-day field experience in the first and third year of the Middle School Education course of study. The program’s senior practicum is a semester-long co-op in one setting within the 5-8 grade range.
Students may pursue optional Education specializations which provide in-depth study in the teaching of a specific subject or population. Specializations are designed to enhance a student’ professional qualifications, but do not lead to additional teacher licenses.
This course focuses on the research and instructional strategies relevant to content area reading in 5-12 classrooms. The major emphasis is placed on the teaching of reading in the content areas including the introduction of subject area vocabulary, pre-reading skills and activities, building comprehension skills, organizing information, and critical reading. Students examine a variety of methods for determining readability of subject area texts and supplementary materials. The course also includes the stages of the writing process and how those stages help inform the students’ understanding of the content area. Students learn to assess informally the reading and writing ability of pre-adolescents and adolescents. In addition, students learn to design and implement appropriate instructional strategies.
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