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Education: Concentration 6-8 Middle School (Social Studies)

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Why Study Education 6-8 Middle School Social Studies

The 6-8 Middle School (Social Studies) Licensure Program at APSU provides comprehensive coursework that integrates courses in the general education core, the major, and the professional education courses to prepare you for teacher licensure. The major prepares candidates to teach social studies in grades 6-8. This program meets all state standards. Courses in the major include methods courses with required field experience in grades 6-8. This program gives teacher candidates the skills and knowledge to be able to (1) teach the interdisciplinary field of social studies to middle school students, (2) design and implement formative and summative assessment of learning that also informs teaching practice, (3) manage the middle school classroom, and (4) design and implement instruction across the core content areas of history, geography, civics, and economics at the middle grades level.

The faculty in this program are highly credentialed and experienced educators who bring unique expertise and practical insight into the classroom to prepare you for teaching the interdisciplinary field of social studies at the middle grades level.

Students who have interdisciplinary interests will benefit from this program, especially those who have interests in one or more of the following areas: history, geography, civics/political science, and economics, as well as many other fields. This program is part of the degree programs offered by the nationally recognized Eriksson College of Education at Austin Peay State University. The Eriksson College of Education has specialized accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
(CAEP). This program prepares you for passing the edTPA as part of licensure.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Students should be aware that licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change. Licensing agencies or boards also may have requirements in addition to an earned degree. APSU has not made a determination whether APSU’s programs will meet all of the licensure and certification requirements in each US state or territory.  APSU recommends that students who are not Tennessee residents or who plan to seek licensure or certification outside the state of Tennessee contact the appropriate licensing agency or board before they enroll in an academic program designed to lead to licensure or certification and discuss their plans with an advisor.

Please visit the Professional Licensure Disclosure webpage to review specific licensure information for your state and academic program.

 

What Will I Learn?

  • Teach the interdisciplinary field of social students to middle school students.
  • Design and implement formative and summative assessment of learning that also informs teaching practice.
  • A broad overview of the concepts, theories, and application of education and adolescent development unique to the needs of middle grades students.
  • Manage the middle school classroom.
  • Design and implement instruction across the core content areas of history, geography, civics, and economics at the middle grades level.

General education at APSU is a diverse curriculum of related ideas and experiences to prepare students to live and work in a global society. The General Education Core aims to facilitate the development of foundational knowledge, skills and values that empower students to realize their full potential and inspire them to make positive contributions in a global society.

General Education Requirements

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Students should be aware that licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change. Licensing agencies or boards also may have requirements in addition to an earned degree. APSU has not made a determination whether APSU’s programs will meet all of the licensure and certification requirements in each US state or territory.  APSU recommends that students who are not Tennessee residents or who plan to seek licensure or certification outside the state of Tennessee contact the appropriate licensing agency or board before they enroll in an academic program designed to lead to licensure or certification and discuss their plans with an advisor.

Please visit the Professional Licensure Disclosure webpage to review specific licensure information for your state and academic program.

Where have APSU alumni gone?
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Meet Alexandra Willis

After completing a 1 year stage management internship at Lexington Children's Theatre, Paige has moved to New York where she is beginning work as a Stage Manager in the Julliard School Professional Internship Program.

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Meet Alexandra Willis

After completing a 1 year stage management internship at Lexington Children's Theatre, Paige has moved to New York where she is beginning work as a Stage Manager in the Julliard School Professional Internship Program.

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Meet Alexandra Willis

After completing a 1 year stage management internship at Lexington Children's Theatre, Paige has moved to New York where she is beginning work as a Stage Manager in the Julliard School Professional Internship Program.

How Do I Get Started?

Admission is via audition and/or portfolio review and interview. Begin the application process now by setting up an audition date.