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Education: Concentration 6-8 Middle Grades Science

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Why study 6-8 Middle Grades Science 

The employment demands for middle school science to be a core part of middle school learning is based on only 35% of middle grade students have access to daily science instruction. Middle school science instruction can support: (a) development of a knowledgeable citizenry, (b) meaningful learning
of language and mathematics, (c) wonderment about how the natural world works, and (d) preparation for STEM-related careers. The 6-8 Middle School (Science) 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. This program promotes skills and knowledge using the 5E Model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate), cross-subject integration, engage students’ to use existing engineer design knowledge, focus on instruction at the
personal and cultural levels, as well as develop scientific literacy in the 6-8 classroom.

Faculty in the 6-8 Licensure Program are experienced, reflective practitioners in both academic subject and theoretical concepts. Their strong analytical, observational, and problem-solving skills guide their diverse pedagogical instruction that help students learn appropriate teaching styles, feedback, and assessment.

Students learn the required skills of a good teacher such as discipline, autonomy, communication, collaboration, adaptability, and empathy. They build on these fundamental skills to value real-world learning, diversity, and active learning. Students who have interdisciplinary interests will benefit from this program, especially those who have interests in one or more of the following areas: physical science, chemistry, biology, STEM, and Earth and space science.

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.

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Sample Course Plan and General Education Requirements

Education: 6-8 Middle Grades (Science) Sample 4 Year Plan

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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 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.