The off-campus Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education degree at Appalachian

The Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education program at Appalachian State University will help you instill your students with a love of learning and help them gain confidence as they grow into teenagers and young adults.

The curriculum emphasizes strong academic preparation grounded in a liberal arts tradition, discipline studies and pedagogical studies.

This flexible Distance Education program offers full- and part-time options. Successful completion of this program prepares you for a rewarding new career and leads to North Carolina state licensure in middle grades education, teaching grades 6-8.

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Degree details

Program format

Several online courses incorporated into schedule to reduce driving time.

Full-time option

  • 4-5 courses per semester, year-round
  • Student teaching is completed during the last semester, full-time in a classroom setting
  • Completion time: 2.5 years

Part-time option

  • Two evening courses per semester
    • Two nights/week in fall/spring, two-to-four nights/week in summer
  • Student teaching is completed during the last semester, full-time in a classroom setting
  • Completion time: 3.5 years

Admission requirements

The following are criteria required for entry. After admission, you may need additional transfer hours. The hours delivered by Appalachian and your transfer hours must equal 128 hours by the end of the program.

Our convenient Pre-Application Evaluation form (watch our video to learn more) will help you determine how your previous coursework satisfies program entrance requirements.

NOTE: ACT/ SAT test scores not required for admittance, but may be considered in lieu of PRAXIS program requirement

Additional courses required for entry

  • Expository Writing R C 1000 (ENG 111 at a NC community college)
  • College transferable math (Ex: MAT 140, 143, 161, 165, 171, 172, 175, 263, 271, or 272 at a NC community college)

Program requirements

  • Concentration requirements are fulfilled by completing a combination of specified transfer courses and courses delivered by Appalachian to the cohort. Two academic concentrations are required and each academic concentration requires a minimum of 24 semester hours.

After class work is finished, you will complete a Student Teaching internship during the last semester of the program.


County Location Semester Start Application Deadline

Catawba (full-time)

Appalachian Center at Hickory


July 1

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Out of State Licensure

Appalachian cannot confirm whether this professional licensure program will meet the requirements for professional licensure outside North Carolina; therefore, prior to enrollment, if you intend to practice in another state, you must determine if this program meets requirements for licensure in your state by contacting your appropriate licensing agencies.