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The Bachelor of Arts in Middle Grades Education at MSU provides initial certification programs for undergraduate and graduate students who want to teach in public middle schools. Students interested in 5-9 certification must select two academic components from English, science, social studies and mathematics, or students may choose coursework for a single component in science.

Our students are immersed in research on effective classroom teaching and pursue coursework in the following:

  • Human growth and development
  • Learning theories, assessment and diversity
  • Educational methods and technology
  • Classroom organization and management.

Extensive field experiences will accompany all of your instructional methods classes. Students complete 200 hours of field experience before their final semester of student teaching begins. 

During your semester of student teaching you will have the chance to work under experienced educators who will mentor you and provide you with feedback to improve your skills. The experience you earn with us will prepare you professionally to work effectively with students from diverse backgrounds who have a wide variety of needs.

To learn more information regarding middle grades certification, contact  Dr. Kimberlee Sharp .

This program is offered at the Morehead, Hazard, Prestonsburg and Ashland campuses.

Program Requirements

Admission to Morehead State University, see MSU admission requirements. 
For specific program requirements, refer to the Undergraduate Catalog. 


All teacher education candidates must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP). View the TEP handbook here.

  • GPA of 2.75.
  • Successfully complete the TEP interview process.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in oral and written communication.
  • Successful completion of prerequisite courses, with a grade of "C" or better (ENG 100, ENG 200, COMS 108, EDF 207, EDF 211).
  • Students applying for TEP at MSU must take the Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) Testing Series.

Testing Requirements

Students applying for the TEP at MSU must obtain the following scores on the PRAXIS pre - professional skills (PPST) assessments:

  • Pre-Professional Skills Test: Mathematics - 174 AND 
  • Pre-Professional Skills Test: Reading - 176 AND 
  • Pre-Professional Skills Test: Writing - 174

For information about the praxis exams and to register for the test, please visit the PRAXIS website.   

Candidates should apply for Teacher Education Program admission in the sophomore year since TEP admission is required for 300 level methods courses.

For a complete list of program requirements and additional course information, visit the undergraduate catalog website.  

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our programs pursue teaching careers in middle grades (5-9) and secondary education (grades 8-12).

MSU's Career Services offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.