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Education: Concentration 6-8 Middle Grades Science

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Why study Education: 6-8 Middle Grades Science at APSU? 

At APSU, we have a great working relationship between the College of Education and the College of STEM. With facilities of the colleges in close proximity, teacher education students are able to develop knowledge and skills for effect science education from both content and pedagogy experts. Students will have able opportunity to develop their background science knowledge and try out their teaching skills through quality time spent in area schools. Classes are small enough that personal attention is given to the professional growth of each student. Funding for science education students may be available through the Eriksson Scholarship Program. 


What will I learn?

Students will gain a functional, working knowledge across the various fields of science. They will be afforded opportunities to learn through inquiry and experimentation where the processes of science are emphasized Additionally, science teacher candidates will learn cutting-edge strategies to engage their future, young students in inquiry and problem-solving with a three-dimensional, constructivist approach to teaching. 

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

Students pursuing a degree in Middle School Science Education may choose to benefit from several organizations in both the College of Education and the College of STEM. APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. Students are encouraged to explore organizations and honor societies including, but not limited to:

Student Tennessee Education Association

Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education

Chi Epsilon Mu

Delta Square Psi

Drone Club


Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society at Austin Peay

Women in Science & Engineering

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students? 

Every state has been experiencing shortages of qualified science teachers for decades. Tennessee is no exception. By completing APSU's bachelor's degree in education with a concentration in Middle School Science, you will be equipped with the proper tools to become an effective teacher in grades 6-8 and will immediately be marketable for job placement. You may also discover career opportunities in informal educational settings such as outdoor and environmental camps, parks, zoos, aquariums, and museums.

  • Teacher of Grades 6-8
  • Graduate School for Doctorate of Education 
  • Educator at Zoos, Aquariums, Museums, and Science Centers
  • Graduate School for Master of Arts in Education
  • Camp Director
  • Master of Science in Specific STEM Discipline

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.