Catalog 2010-2012

Middle Level Education Dual Major-Teaching

This major is designed to prepare students to teach young adolescents at the middle level of education (grades 5-8). This is a dual major and must be combined with either an elementary or secondary education teaching major. This major leads to State of Iowa Middle School Endorsement. Students will complete Liberal Arts Core requirements (pages xxx-xxx), the Professional Education Requirements (page xxx), major requirements for middle level education, major requirements for elementary or secondary education, and endorsement requirements for middle school teacher for a minimum total of 125 hours.

The holder of this endorsement is authorized to teach in grades five through eight in the two concentration areas in which the specific requirements have been completed. The holder is not authorized to teach art, industrial arts, music, reading, physical education and special education, but may teach in other areas allowed by the State of Iowa.



  Educational Psychology: 200:152.....3 hours

  Middle Level Education: 210:122; 210:135; 210:150.....9 hours

  Literacy Education: 230:117.....3 hours

Courses selected with approval of advisor.....15 hours

30 hours


Students will complete a minimum of 12 hours of course work in two subject area concentrations. Subject area concentrations are limited to the following four areas and must include the specified course work.


  Mathematics: to include algebra.....12 hours

  Science: to include life, earth, and physical.....12 hours

  Social Studies: to include United States history, world history, government, and geography.....12 hours

  Language Arts: to include composition, language usage, speech, young adult literature, and literature across cultures.....13 hours

24-25 hours


Some or all of this course work may be completed as part of the Liberal Arts Core requirements. Students should contact their advisor, the College of Education Advising Center, and the undergraduate record analyst in the Office of the Registrar to determine specific courses required for the endorsement.

Students should plan their course work so that all Middle Level Education courses are taken prior to student teaching. Students must have a cumulative, UNI, and major GPA of 2.50 in order to student teach. In addition, students must achieve a grade of C (2.00) or higher in the following methods classes in order to student teach: 210:122; 210:135; 230:117, and other methods courses required by their second major. Students should apply for their student teaching one year in advance.

The program should be planned so the following courses are completed after Level II of the Professional Education Requirements and prior to student teaching: 210:122; 210:135; 210:150; and all methods courses.  The student teaching semester will include two experiences, one in either an elementary or secondary classroom and the other in a junior high or middle school classroom. Students enroll for 280:137 and 280:134 or 280:138 for a total of 12 hours.