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The Middle Grades Education (MGE) Program at Paine College prepares teacher candidates to effectively teach at the fourth through eighth grade levels. Also, in accordance with GAPSC standards, teacher candidates are required to specialize in two content areas. Teacher candidates can chose to major in any two of the following areas: mathematics, social studies, science or English. The MGE program provides students with a sound foundation in theory and current research about instruction, the process of learning and student development, while also providing students with opportunities to test those theories in clinical experiences with mentor teachers in local school districts. The program culminates with a clinical internship that allows the student to grow under the tutelage of experienced educators.

The student learning outcomes for the MGE Program are based on the standards developed by the National Middle School Association (NMSA).

The MGE program standards are:
  • YOUNG ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT - Middle level teacher candidates understand the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to young adolescent development, and they provide opportunities that support student development and learning.
  • MIDDLE LEVEL PHILISOPHY AND SCHOOL ORGANIZATION - Middle level teacher candidates understand the major concepts, principles, theories, and research underlying the philosophical foundations of developmentally responsive middle level programs and schools, and they work successfully within these organizational components.
  • MIDDLE LEVEL CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT - Middle level teacher candidates understand the major concepts, principles, theories, standards, and research related to middle level curriculum and assessment, and they use this knowledge in their practice.
  • MIDDLE LEVEL TEACHING FIELDS - Middle level teacher candidates understand and use the central concepts, tools of inquiry, standards, and structures of content in their chosen teaching fields, and they create meaningful learning experiences that develop all young adolescents’ competence in subject matter and skills.
  • MIDDLE LEVEL INSTRUCTION AND ASSESSMENT - Middle level teacher candidates understand and use the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to effective instruction and assessment, and they employ a variety of strategies for a developmentally appropriate climate to meet the varying abilities and learning styles of all young adolescents.
  • FAMILY AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT - Middle level teacher candidates understand the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to working collaboratively with family and community members, and they use that knowledge to maximize the learning of all young adolescents.
  • MIDDLE LEVEL PROFESSIONAL ROLES - Middle level teacher candidates understand the complexity of teaching young adolescents, and they engage in practices and behaviors that develop their competence as professionals.


Pre-student Teaching Courses - 60 or 61 Hours


Course # Course Title Req. Credits
EDU 220 Foundations of Education F 3
EDU 301 Media Technology - 3
EDU 303 MG/SEC Curriculum and Meth F+ 3
EDU 308 OR
EDU 329 OR
EDU 332
Teaching of Language Arts OR
MG/SEC Math for Teachers OR
Science for Teachers
F+ 3
EDU 340 Social Studies for Teachers F+ 6
EDU 339 Classroom Management F+ 3
EDU 345 Developmental Psychology - 3
EDU 393 Educational Psychology - 3
EDU 455 Exceptional Children - 3
ERD 307 MG/SEC Teaching of Reading F+ 3
- Content 1 - 15 or 16
- Content 2 - 15 or 16


Student Teaching Courses - 15 Hours


Course # Course Title Req. Credits
EDU 489 Assessment Skills in Education - 3
EDU 491 MG Directed Teaching & Seminar - 12
EDU 491L MG Directed Teaching Laboratory - 0


Middle Grades Education Content Options


Mathematics Concentration - 15 Hours

Course # Course Title Req. Credits
MAT 300 Fundamentals of Mathematics - 3
MAT 309 Discrete Mathematics - 3
MAT 314 Problem Solving - 3
MAT 333 Introduction to Geometry F + 3
MAT 340 Number Systems - 3


Language Arts Concentration - 15 Hours

Course # Course Title Req. Credits
ENG 234 World Literature in Translation - 3
ENG 300 Advanced Composition - 3
ENG 330 American Literature 1608 - 1870 F + 3
ERD 307 MG/SEC Teaching of Reading F + 3
ERD 328 Adolescent Literature - 3


Science Concentration  - 16 Hours

Course # Course Title Req. Credits
ESC 101 Environmental Science Fundamentals - 4
PHS 111 Physical Science - 4
BIO 111 Principles of Biology I - 4
BIO 425  Ecology F + 4


History/Social Sciences Concentration  - 15 Hours

Course # Course Title Req. Credits
GEO 231 World Regional Geography - 3
HIS 310 Georgia History F + 3
POS 330 United States Government - 3
POS 331 State/Local Government - 3
SOC 438 Community and Urban Life - 3


F  - indicates Field Experience required
+ - indicates that the student must pass the Sophomore Proficiency Examination in English (SPEE) before taking the course


Middle Grades Education Notes


  • Science Concentration students must enroll in EDU 332 Science for Teachers
  • Language Arts concentration students must enroll in EDU 308 Teaching Language Arts 
  • History/Social Sciences Concentration students must enroll in EDU 340 Social Studies for Teachers
  • Mathematics Concentration students must enroll in EDU 329 MG & SEC Mathematics for Teachers