This program will endorse an individual to teach: (A) any or all students in a self-contained classroom in grades four (4) through nine (9), (B) the areas of special preparation in an integrated team planning/teaching organizational pattern in grades four (4) through nine (9) or (C) the areas of special preparation in classrooms with other organizational patterns in grades four (4) through nine (9).

Contact Information

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Content Area Studies–Teacher education candidates develop content area expertise teacher candidates will have a broad knowledge in the field or subject in which they choose to specialize.
  2. Pedagogical Studies–Teacher education candidates develop pedagogical content knowledge, teacher candidates will demonstrate a repertoire of methods that make content knowledge easily understood and relevant by a variety of learners
  3. Professional Disposition & Integrity—Teacher education candidates develop professional dispositions, character, skills and traits appropriate for the teaching profession. The candidates demonstrate professionalism, dependability, social maturity, a cooperative attitude, enthusiasm, initiative, and confidentiality, especially as it relates to student information.  
  4. Professional Development—Teacher education candidates recognize what is involved in being a lifelong educator, establish their own professional identities, and effectively collaborate within the learning community.

Program Faculty

Dr. Judith Ruskamp
TJM 327
Dr. Spencer Vogt
Assistant Professor
TJM 216

Core Classes:

EDUC 208 Teacher Education Principles & Practicum
EDUC 209 Teacher Education Orientation
EDUC 255 Differentiated Instruction for the Diverse Learner
EDUC 300 Managing the Learning Environment for Effective Teaching*
EDUC 315 Educational Technology*
EDUC 317 Assessment for Student Learning*
EDUC 400 Professional and Collaborative Practices*
EDUC 413 Middle Grades Student Teaching*
EDUC 420 Student Teaching Seminar*
SPED 200 Introduction to Special Education

General Studies Requirements:

PSYC 250 Human Growth & Development

Requirements for Middle Grades Option:

EDUC 301 Practicum – Social Studies & Language Arts*
EDUC 302 Practicum – Math & Science*
EDUC 304 Practicum – Middle Grades*
EDUC 325 Teaching Language Arts in Elementary/Middle School*
EDUC 326 Teaching Social Studies in Elementary/Middle School*
EDUC 327 Teaching Math in Elementary/Middle School*
EDUC 328 Teaching Science in Elementary/Middle School*
EDUC 403 Diagnostic and Remedial Reading*
EDUC 405 Diagnostic and Remedial Math*
EDUC 425 Teaching in the Middle Grades*
EDUC 430 Integrated Curriculum for the Elementary Environment*
EDUC 434 Secondary Reading & Writing Across the Curriculum*
EDUC 438 Professional Collaboration with Parents & Families*
HPER 322 Coordinated School & Community Health

In addition to the above requirements, Middle Grades majors must complete two areas of content specialization. For more information, please refer to page two of the middle grades progress sheet found here:

*Indicates restricted courses

Professional Organizations:

 PSEA – Peru Student Education Association
KDP – Kappa Delta Pi