Middle Grades Education (BS) – (FT)


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Program Description:

middle school student This full-time, daytime, year-round, seated degree-completion program, leading to the Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education with teacher licensure in grades 6-9, offers collaborative preparation of knowledgeable, ethical, and effective middle grades teachers. The Middle Grades Education Program was developed and implemented collaboratively by program faculty, public school teachers and administrators, program graduates, and other critical stakeholders. The Program emphasizes strong academic preparation grounded in a liberal arts tradition, discipline studies, and pedagogical studies. Diverse middle level field experiences are provided in a variety of school settings. The program fosters development of specialized knowledge, skills, and dispositions required of successful middle grades teachers who design and implement integrated instructional programs for middle grades learners that are developmentally and culturally responsive.

Click here for a list of non-teaching career options associated with this degree, and "Why Teach Middle Grades."

BS/Middle Grades Education Program Structure

The full-time/daytime seated program accepts 25-30 admitted students into new cohort opportunities - currently located at the Appalachian Center at Hickory. With sufficient demand, new cohorts may be seated on a rotating basis. Courses are sequenced to take into account pre- and co-requisites. Appalachian faculty typically deliver 4-5 courses/semester (scheduled in 2- to 3-hour blocks), spring, summer and fall. 61 hours of upper-division courses and 12 hours of student teaching require 7 semesters (2.5 years). The Appalachian Center-Hickory is equipped with a computer lab and wireless internet for student use.  

Before entry, applicants should complete Appalachian's General Education requirement - with a North Carolina Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree. If completion of one of the transfer core options is not likely by entry, contact the program manager for options. Please note: the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree does not typically meet the core requirement. A NC community college advisor can identify coursework required for core alternatives. 

You may review the Program(s) of Study here (scroll down) by concentrations. 

Admission Requirements:

Application for Admission: The application for admission must be complete (online application submitted, the fee paid, and all required supporting documents received) and ready for review by the applicable deadline. Please continue to log into your application to check for missing items until you receive notice that you have been admitted to Appalachian State University.

Since this is a transfer program, no test scores (ACT or SAT) are required for admission.

  • Step 2: Admission to cohort:

In addition to meeting the University's Admission requirements (re: Step 1), to enter this distance education transfer program, students must also meet the cohort entry requirement: a minimum of 30 transfer hours, Expository Writing R C 1000 (ENG 111 at a NC community college) and a college transferable math (some NC community college course options are: MAT140, 143, 161, 165, 171, 172, 175, 263, 271, or 272). To determine if your coursework transfers to Appalachian, please visit the transfer equivalency website

Applicants will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis according to the date the application and all supporting documents (which reflect the applicant is admissible) are received. However, priority consideration for admission will be offered to applicants who apply by the cohort application deadline, have successfully completed PRAXIS Core, and have completed general education requirements (E.g. NC Associate of Arts, or a NC Associate of Science degree).

Admission to Teacher Education: After a student begins the off-campus program, s/he must meet the requirements for admission to teacher education. Your timing for admission to teacher education will be determined at the beginning of the program. Click here for Teacher Education Admission Requirements as well as additional Praxis Core information.

Student Teaching: Student Teaching is completed during the last semester of the program, is full-time in a classroom setting, and must be completed in North Carolina.

 Academic Concentrations

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. The academic concentrations will be determined by the Department. The concentration options for Fall 2018 are: Language Arts, Social Studies, and/or Science.

Click here to view the Program of Study and course requirements for the different concentrations.


Proposed Cohorts:

CountyLocationSemester Start

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HickoryAppalachian Center at Hickory

Fall 2018

Contact Laura Rhinehart at rhinehartls@appstate.edu  or

828-327-7000 ext. 4644 to schedule an appointment.


Appalachian State University reserves the right to cancel the start of any Distance Education program due to the lack of sufficient, sustainable enrollment (typically 18 for Undergraduate programs).  In the event of a cancellation for insufficient enrollment, application fees will be refunded.  Refunds will also be issued for any tuition and fees paid by applicants.  These refund policies apply ONLY to canceled programs.   When program starts are delayed, students may opt for a refund or apply their application to the new semester. 

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For information or questions related to this program, please contact:

The Office of Distance Education
Email: distance@appstate.edu
Toll-Free Phone: 800-355-4084
Direct Phone: 828-262-3113

Academic Coordinator
Dr. Laurie Ramirez
Email: ramirezla@appstate.edu
412F College of Education Building
Direct Phone: 828-262-8008

Major Code: 
470* (B, D, E)
Middle Grades Education, *Concentrations to be determined.