The middle-level humanities teaching major is designed for students who are seeking teaching careers in teaching English language arts and social studies (economics, history, geography, social studies and civics) at the middle-level grades (5-8). The coursework provides experiences in the humanities subject content areas and instructional pedagogy including field experiences that are designed to prepare teacher certification and content endorsement. The middle-level humanities teaching major does not require a minor for the degree program. Students in the middle-level humanities teaching major must be admitted to the Teacher Certification Program and complete the Professional Education Program sequence (50 credits) coursework as part of the teacher certification process.
Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Middle-level teacher candidates understand and use the central concepts, tools of inquiry. standards, and structures of humanities, and they create meaningful learning experiences that develop all middle level learners’ competence in subject matter and skills.
- English Language Arts: Candidates know and understand the Reading and English Language Arts Essential Academic Learning Requirements. They understand current theories and research related to reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and thinking.
- Reading and Writing: Candidates know and understand the Reading, Writing, English Language Arts, and communicating Essential Academic Learning Requirements. They understand the processes, purposes, theories, and practical aspects of leaching Middle-level Humanities.
- Social Studies: Candidates know and understand the Social Studies, Economics, Geography, Civics, and History Essential Academic Learning Requirements. They are able to perceive systems of interaction, exchange, space, and time within and between economies, individuals, households, businesses, governments, societies, and systems.
- Middle-level teacher candidates understand end apply knowledge of historical chronology. eras, turning points, major ideas, individuals, and themes in history, social studies, societies. etc. In order to evaluate the role of trends and how they shape the present and future. Middle-level teacher candidates help students understand and apply reasoning skills to conduct research, deliberate, form and evaluate positions through the process of reading, writing, and communicating.
- Humanities Instructional Methodology and Curriculum: Middle-level teacher candidates have knowledge to foster a humanities rich environment utilizing a wide range of instructional practices, approaches, methods, and curriculum materials to support learning.
- Middle-level Development: Middle-level teacher candidates understand the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related lo middle level development, learning, middle-level institutions, and philosophical foundations or responsive middle level programs that support student development and learning.