Mid-Level Content Options (Grades 4 - 8)

Multiple content areas are available for future educators who want to teach at the middle-grade school levels (Grade 4 - 8).

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English Language Arts and Reading

Write a new chapter in your career, and pass on a love of literacy, reading, composition, language arts, and English to the next generation of learners.

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English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies

Increase your marketability on the job market, and get prepped to teach literature, rhetoric, composition, geography, history, and related topics to mid-level students.

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Add to your bachelor's degree in mathematics with a teacher certification to prepare the next generation of math gurus.

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Use a teacher certification in science to help students explore the world around us.

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Social Studies

Teach students to better explore history, geography, sociology, anthropology, society, social systems, and more.

Degree Plan (Course of Study)


Total Hours: 30

Middle Level Certification (15 credit hours)

 EDML 5308*

 Middle School Classroom Organization, Classroom Management & Methods

 *Pending approval from the Texas Education Agency, this course will be substituted with EDUC 5314: Effective Classroom Instruction. This isa planned catalog change that will impact this degree plan for future students. 

 EDUC 5310  Diverse Populations in Today’s Schools
 EDML 5328**

 Pre-Adolescent/Adolescent Growth, Development and Learning Theory

 **Pending approval from the Texas Education Agency, this course will be substituted with EDUC 5329: Classroom Management and Discipline.This is a planned catalog change that will impact this degree plan for future students.

 LIST 5345  Content Area Reading and Writing
 EDML 5315  Clinical Teaching (practicum, last course)

Common Core Area (6 credit hours)

 EDUC 5394  Understanding and Designing Classroom Research
 EDUC 5397  Implementing and Disseminating Classroom Research (Capstone)

Content Area (9 credit hours)

Students may pursue graduate level coursework in a single content area such as Math, Science, English, etc. or an add-on certificate such as ESL. Prior approval of the coursework by the College of Education faculty advisor is required.


Program of Work

Upon admission to the program, you will meet with your program director to create a program of work. This will plot out what courses you will take each semester until you complete the program.

Certification Sequence

To be eligible to proceed to Student Teaching, Mid-Level students must have completed at least EDML 5308 and EDML 5328. These two courses are only offered in the fall semester.

Student Teaching

The last course required for certification is titled "Clinical Teaching". This is the semester when students do their Student Teaching. Partnerships with specific school districts and schools have been established to host UTA Residents. We work closely with specific schools to build strong mentoring relationships between teachers and students, and therefore place all students in partner school settings. Students are not able to select the district or school for their placement.

Field Application Deadline

Students must apply for Student Teaching with the Office of Professional Development. Fall applications are accepted during the month of February and spring applications are accepted during the month of October. Orientations for the practicum are set for August and December. Please email the Program Coordinator/Director for specific dates.


Candidates must pass all appropriate state exams (limit of four retests) and apply for appropriate state certification(s) with the State Board for Educator Certification/Texas Education Agency within six months of the completion of their student/clinical teaching or practicum program. If a candidate allows the six month period to go by without passing all state exams and applying for certification, additional coursework and/or state exams will be required for recommendation for certification. Additional coursework will be determined by the appropriate Program Coordinator in consultation with faculty.


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