Program Overview

East Carolina University offers a Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education for the purpose of educating teachers who understand the psychological, educational, and environmental necessities of working with children developing into adolescents. Children during these periods need teachers with a special understanding of the mental and physical changes that they are going through, because of how it affects their ability to focus and process information. 

This program is intended to prepare teaching students to become in the field of late-elementary and middle school education by providing comprehensive programs, clinical experiences and classes designed to produce teachers who are capable of being professional practitioners who provide a necessary service to their community. Teachers need an education that makes them technologically and professionally skilled enough to meet the needs of a perse student and community population. 

As part of the program, students seeking to be educators will focus initially on general education classes in order to make them a more well-rounded student and teacher. These general education classes world geography, art appreciation, American history, world civilizations, college algebra, national government, introductory psychology, physical and natural sciences, biology, among other courses. 

After completing these classes, students will begin their teaching education with classes in technology in education, foundations of school learning, motivation, and assessment, courses on the middle grades, middle grades curriculum and planning, organization, management, and motivation in the middle grades classroom, social studies in the middle grade classroom, and mathematics in the middle grade classroom among many others. With the student curriculum and internship opportunities, students will be prepared for what awaits them as educators.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    This is a bachelor completion program. A total of 134 semester credits are required, including transfer credits. Students must complete the first two years of college coursework prior to entrance into the program.

    Official transcripts from each college, technical institute, or university attended. Minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA from all post-secondary institutions attended.


    The State Employees Credit Union (SECU) Partnership East utilizes a part-time cohort model and is designed for students transferring from a North Carolina community college.

    Not all programs may be approved in every state. Students should check for state authorization prior to enrollment.

    School Overview

    East Carolina University is a public research university located in Greenville, North Carolina. Founded in 1907, East Carolina University began as the East Carolina Teachers Training School. Today, ECU is the second largest university in North Carolina.

    Students at ECU can earn their degrees in a variety of subject areas. These fields of study include dance education, finance, biochemistry, instructional technology, management and many others. At ECU students can earn degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level in addition to post-secondary certificates.


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