Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Middle Level Education in Social Studies and Language Arts, Bachelor of Science (5001)

Department website: http://www.wku.edu/ste


Program Coordinator

Janet L. Tassell, janet.tassell@wku.edu, (270) 745-5306

The Middle Level Education in Social Studies and Language Arts program leads to the Bachelor of Science degree and certification for grades 5-9 in Social Studies, Language Arts / Communication, or both.  

The program requires completion of:

  • A biological science course and a physical science course, generally taken as part of the Colonnade program;
  • 44-47 semester hours of professional education courses: EDU 250, EDU 260PSY 310, EDU 350, PSY 422, EDU 360, MGE 395, MGE 396, plus a 3-hour MGE methods course for each area of certification, MGE 490, and EDU 489, plus a 3-hour computer literacy course selected from CIS 141 and LME 448; and
  • The indicated content-area coursework for dual area or single area teacher certification in one of the three concentrations.

Concentrations

  • Social Studies and Language Arts/Communication - dual certification (MESD)
  • Social Studies - single certification (MESS)
  • Language Arts/Communication - single certification (MELA)

Program Requirements (77-101 hours)

A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.

Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.

Core Courses

Select a Biological Science course 13-4
Select a Physical Science course 13-4
EDU 250Discover Teaching: Introduction to Teacher Education3
EDU 260Classroom Assessment3
PSY 310Educational Psychology: Development and Learning3
EDU 350Student Diversity and Differentiation3
PSY 422Adolescent Psychology3
EDU 360Behavior and Classroom Management in Education3
MGE 395Clinical Practices in Middle School Teaching I6
MGE 396Clinical Practices in Middle School Teaching II1
Select a 3-hour MGE methods course for each area of certification3
MGE 490Student Teaching10
EDU 489Student Teaching Seminar3
CIS 141Analytics and Technology3
or LME 448 Technology Applications in Education
Total Hours50-52

Concentration 1: Dual Area Certification in Middle Level Social Studies and Language Arts/Communication

Methods Courses
MGE 475Teaching Language Arts3
MGE 481Teaching Social Studies3
Social Studies (dual area certification)27-30
World History I
World History II
The United States to 1865
The United States Since 1865
World Regional Geography
Geography of North America
American National Government
Introductory Sociology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Select one of the following:3-6
Introduction to Economics
Principles of Economics (Micro)
and Principles of Economics (Macro)
Select a 3-hour elective from an upper-division, non U.S., non-European history course3
History of Africa
Colonial Latin America, 1400-1825
Modern Latin America, 1800-Present
Modern South Asia: from Empires to Nations
Traditional East Asia
Modern East Asia
History of the Middle East
Latin America and the United States
The Mexican Republic
Modern China
Modern Japan
Topics in World History
Language Arts/Communication (dual area certification)24
Introduction to College Writing
Writing in the Disciplines
Language and Communication
Survey of American Literature I
Survey of American Literature II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking and Communication
Literature for Young Adults
Select two of the following:6
Argument and Analysis in Written Discourse
Advanced Composition
Composition Theory and Practice in Writing Instruction
Total Hours69-75

Concentration 2: Single Area Teacher Certification in Middle Level Social Studies

Professional Education Coursework
MGE 481Teaching Social Studies3
Social Studies (single area teacher certification)36-39
World History I
World History II
The United States to 1865
The United States Since 1865
World Regional Geography
Geography of North America
American National Government
Introductory Sociology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Select one of the following:3-6
Introduction to Economics
Principles of Economics (Micro)
and Principles of Economics (Macro)
Select 12 hours of electives of the following: 112
Ancient Greece
Ancient Rome
The Middle Ages
Renaissance Europe
Indian Peoples of North America
Blacks in American History to 1877
Kentucky History
American Women’s History
Introduction to Cultural Geography
Economic Geography
Geography of Kentucky
Sustainable Cities
Total Hours54-60

Concentration 3: Single Area Teacher Certification in Middle Level Language Arts/Communication

Professional Education Coursework
MGE 475Teaching Language Arts3
Language Arts/Communication (single area teacher certification)
ENG 100Introduction to College Writing3
ENG 204English Language3
ENG 300Writing in the Disciplines3
ENG 301Argument and Analysis in Written Discourse3
ENG 302Language and Communication3
ENG 391Survey of American Literature I3
or ENG 392 Survey of American Literature II
ENG 401Advanced Composition3
ENG 410Composition Theory and Practice in Writing Instruction3
Select any ENG upper-division course3
COMM 145Fundamentals of Public Speaking and Communication3
LME 407Literature for Young Adults3
Total Hours36

In order to meet the prerequisites for admission to student teaching, students must complete all professional education and content courses with grades of “C” or higher; attain at least a 2.75 GPA overall, in professional education courses, and in each content area; and achieve specified ratings on dispositional and critical performance assessments. For details on the prerequisites for student teaching, see http://www.wku.edu/teacherservices/student_teaching/index.php.

Students in the Middle Level Education in Social Studies and Language Arts program receive advising in the School of Teacher Education, GRH 1005, (270) 745-5414. Refer to the School of Teacher Education website (http://www.wku.edu/ste) for additional information. Students with a major in Middle Level Education in Social Studies and Language Arts receive a 12-hour waiver in the upper-division hour requirement in the major field.

Finish in Four Plans

Middle Level Education Social Studies and Language Arts/Communication dual certification

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
EDU 2503HIST 101 or HIST 1023
MATH 109 or MATH 1163Colonnade: Natural & Physical Sciences w/lab4
ENG 1003PS 1103
COMM 1453CIS 1413
GEOG 1103ECON 150, ECON 202, or ECON 2033
 15 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 2003HIST 2413
Colonnade: Social & Behavioral Sciences3GEOG 3603
Colonnade: Natural & Physical Science 3EDU 2603
HIST 2403PSY 3103
Colonnade: Arts & Humanities3SOCL 100 or ANTH 1203
 ENG 3003
 15 18
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
EDU 3503MGE 3956
ENG 301, ENG 401, or ENG 4103ENG 391 or ENG 3923
ENG 3023PSY 4223
EDU 3603Colonnade: Connections (Local to Global)3
Colonnade: Connections (Social & Cultural) 3 
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
MGE 3961EDU 4893
MGE 4813MGE 49010
MGE 4753 
ENG 301, ENG 401, or ENG 4103 
Colonnade: Connections (Systems)3 
LME 4073 
 16 13
Total Hours 123

Middle Level Education Language Arts/Communication single area certification

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
EDU 2503Colonnade: Natural & Physical Sciences w/lab4
MATH 109 or MATH 1163CIS 1413
ENG 1003ENG 2003
COMM 1453World Language, if needed OR General Elective3
Elective Course3Elective Course3
 15 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 3003ENG 3023
Colonnade: Social & Behavioral Sciences3ENG 2043
HIST 101 or HIST 1023ENG 3013
Colonnade: Natural & Physical Science 3PSY 3103
Colonnade: Arts & Humanities3EDU 2603
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
EDU 3503MGE 3956
ENG 391 or ENG 3923ENG 4103
EDU 3603Colonnade: Connections (Local to Global)3
Colonnade: Connections (Social & Cultural) 3ENG 4013
ENG Elective (any upper level ENG course)3 
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
MGE 3961EDU 4893
PSY 4223MGE 49010
MGE 4753 
LME 4073 
Colonnade: Connections (Systems)3 
Elective Course3 
 16 13
Total Hours 120

Middle Level Education Social Studies single area certification

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
EDU 2503HIST 101 or HIST 1023
MATH 109 or MATH 1163Colonnade: Natural & Physical Sciences w/lab4
ENG 1003PS 1103
COMM 1453CIS 1413
GEOG 1103ECON 150, ECON 202, or ECON 2033
 15 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 2003EDU 2603
Colonnade: Social & Behavioral Sciences3GEOG 3603
Colonnade: Natural & Physical Science 3SOCL 100 or ANTH 1203
HIST 2403ENG 3003
Colonnade: Arts & Humanities3PSY 3103
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
EDU 3503MGE 3956
HIST 2413PSY 4223
EDU 3603HIST or GEOG Elective3
HIST or GEOG Elective3Colonnade: Connections (Local to Global)3
Colonnade: Connections (Social & Cultural) 3 
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
HIST or GEOG Elective3EDU 4893
HIST or GEOG Elective3MGE 49010
Elective Course3 
MGE 3961 
MGE 4813 
Colonnade: Connections (Systems)3 
 16 13
Total Hours 120