Get Your Middle Level Education Degree

Complete the required coursework for Middle Level Education certification—working both independently and collaboratively to learn and apply pedagogical methods. Your professors will help guide you through early involvement in the field, making sure that you graduate classroom-ready.

Middle Level Education Program Highlights

  • Students concentrate their studies in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, or English/Language Arts.
  • Our graduates have been awarded Induction Teacher of the Year, Crystal Apple Award, and SC Middle Grades Initiative Grants.
  • Courses equip teachers to confidently manage the learning and social development of young adolescents.
  • Call Me MiSTER participating school, which supports teachers from under-served, socio-economically disadvantaged, and educationally at-risk communities.
  • Middle Level Education is recognized by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), and the South Carolina State Board of Education under the guidance of the 2022 Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards.

Modality & Benefits

Get a traditional college experience with lively in-person classroom discussions and close proximity to your professors, mentors, and best friends. 

Start Dates: 

January & August  

  • Semester-Based Timeline
  • Face-to-Face Instruction (some Online options)
  • In-Person Office Hours & Support
  • Relationships & Networking
  • Extracurriculars & Immersive Campus Experience

Get a degree that fits your busy lifestyle while benefiting from in-person instruction, social interactions with classmates, and networking on campus and throughout the capital city. 

Start Dates: 

January & August

  • Semester-Based Timeline
  • Evening Classes (M-Th, 5-9pm)
  • Face-to-Face Instruction
  • Transfer Up to 90 Credits
  • 10-Hour Weekly Commitment (varies)

Middle Level Education Curriculum

Major Requirements

Popular Middle Level Education Classes

  • Development and Learning: The Adolescent Years 
    Explore theories of growth and development, and learning and motivation. 
  • Middle Grades Curriculum and Organization
    Understand the curriculum, organization, and the philosophical foundations for middle level programs and schools.
  • Internship in Teaching
    Assume increasing responsibilities up to full responsibility for a class.

Advancement Opportunities

The median annual wage for middle school teachers is about $61,000 (BLS). With field experience and an advanced degree, teachers can pursue leadership positions to significantly increase potential compensation.

Impact Your Community

  • English Teacher
  • Science Teacher
  • Mathematics Teacher
  • Social Studies Teacher
  • School Principal
  • School Superintendent

Teaching Placements

  • Richland School District One
  • Richland School District Two
  • Sumter County School District
  • Lexington County School District One

Graduate School

  • Clemson University
  • University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
  • Columbia College
  • Walden University

Online M.Ed. Degrees

Specialize with in-demand topics and become even more marketable with a master's degree. Our M.Ed. programs cultivate your leadership potential with purpose. Check out our 1-year education master's degrees.

Student Experiences

Student Experiences

"The program has greatly benefited me in many ways. I’ve been given opportunities to go visit middle schools in the state and to attend conferences. These experiences have helped me gain confidence in the classroom and learn more about the profession."

Caroline Cook

Class of 2021


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