Academic Catalog

Middle Level Education, Bachelor of Arts

 The program in middle level education prepares students to teach in grades 5-8. The program emphasizes the particular physical, emotional, attitudinal, and intellectual needs of adolescents as well as the organizational, curricular, and pedagogical practices of the middle school.  This is achieved through a core of general liberal arts coursework, professional education coursework (which includes field-based clinical experiences in middle schools), student teaching in middle school settings, and intensive coursework in an academic concentration.

General Education Courses
I. Communication
ENGL U101Composition I3
ENGL U102Composition II3
SPCH U201Foundations in Oral Communication3
II. Mathematics, Logic & Natural Sciences
Mathematics: 1
Select one of the following:3-4
College Mathematics
College Algebra
Calculus for Management and Social Sciences
Precalculus I
Precalculus II
Calculus II
Elements of Discrete Mathematics
Basic Concepts of Elementary Mathematics I
Select one of the following:3
Elementary Statistics
Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
Natural Science (w/ lab):
Select one of the following:4
Descriptive Astronomy
and Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology I Lab
General Biology
and General Biology Lab
Botany and Society
and Botany and Society Laboratory
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
Chemistry and Society
and Chemistry and Society Lab
Chemistry of Living Things
and Chemistry of Living Things Lab
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Lab
General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
and General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis Lab
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab
Historical Geology
and Historical Geology Lab
Environmental Geology
and Environmental Geology Lab
Introduction to Physical Science
and Introduction to Physical Science Laboratory
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
Math, Logic, and Natural Science:
Select one of the following:3-4
Foundations of Human Physiology
Genetics and Society
Human Biology and Society
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Environmental Science
Natural Disasters
Geology of the Southeast
III. Information Technology
Information Technology:
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Technology
Introduction to Computer Science
Intro to Digital Studies
Survey of Information Technology
Introduction to Digital Safety
Intro to Music Technology
IV. Fine Arts, Humanities & History
Fine Arts:
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Art
History of Western Art: Prehistory - Middle Ages
History of Western Art: Renaissance - Modern
Introduction to Music
History of American Popular Music
Introduction to Theatre Art
Fundamentals in Acting
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to World History I
Introduction to World History II
Fine Arts, Humanities and/or History: 2,3
Select one of the following:3
African American Culture
American Studies, 17th - 19th Century
American Studies, 20th Century
Introduction to Creative Writing
Understanding English Grammar
Survey of American Literature I
Survey of American Literature II
Survey of British Literature I
African American Literature
Introduction to Film
Introduction to Philosophy
Political Philosophy
Contemporary Moral Issues
Comparative Religion
Introduction to Southern Studies
V. Foreign Language & Culture
Foreign Language:
Select one of the following: 43
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
Introductory French I
Introductory French II
Introductory German I
Introductory Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish
VI. Social & Behavioral Sciences
Social & Behavioral Science: 3
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Other Cultures
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
American National Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Leadership Development I
Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies
VII. General Education Electives
General Education Electives:
Select any approved general education course or courses
Professional Education
EDFO U200Teacher Education Colloquium0
EDFO U210Foundations of Education3
EDFO U320Social-Emotional Learning3
or EDFO U342 Teaching Multilingual Learners
or EDFO U350 Diversity and Education
EDFO U341Introduction to Exceptional Learners/ Special Education3
EDRE U315Foundations of Reading3
EDRE U418Literacy in the Middle and Secondary School3
EDSC U333Middle Level/Secondary Education Adolescent Development3
EDSC U344Managing the Middle Level/Secondary Classroom Environment3
EDSC U440Field Experience I in Middle Level/Secondary Education2
EDSC U441Middle Level Curriculum and Methodology3
Middle Level Methods
Select one of the following to match Concentration Area #1 and Concentration Area:3
Teaching Middle and Secondary English/ Language Arts
Teaching Middle and Secondary Mathematics
Teaching Middle and Secondary Social Studies
Teaching Middle and Secondary Science
EDSC U443Middle Level/Secondary Educational Assessment2
EDSC U450Field Experience II in Middle Level/Secondary Education2
EDSC U480Student Teaching in Middle School12
EDSC U485Middle/Secondary Education: Senior Seminar3
Content Concentration
Select one of the following:21
Cognate 5
Select 12 credits12
Total Hours124-126

MATH U102 Elementary Statistics and MATH U126 Precalculus I are required for students with math concentrations.


English concentrations are required to take an ENGL course.


For Social Studies concentrations, HIST U101 Introduction to World History I, HIST U102 Introduction to World History II, POLI U101 American National Government, and ECON U221 Principles of Macroeconomics or ECON U222 Principles of Microeconomics are required. Course may not duplicate VII History general education course. 


The minimum acceptable level of competency is completion of the 101 level of a language. Students who place into the 102 or higher level of a language satisfy the language requirement but will have additional hours in general education electives, if hours are required by their degree program.


Select courses from a different content concentration and discuss your options with your advisor. Final responsibility for satisfying degree requirements as outlined in the USC Upstate Academic Catalog rests with the student.

Content Concentrations

English Language Arts

ENGL U252Understanding English Grammar3
American Literature (Above U200)3
World Literature (Above U200)3
ENGL U300Introduction to the Study of Literature3
ENGL U318Writing in Digital Environments3
ENGL U473The Teaching of Writing3
ENGL U485Adolescent Literature3
Total Hours21


MATH U127Precalculus II3
MATH U122Calculus for Management and Social Sciences3-4
or MATH U141 Calculus I
MATH U174Elements of Discrete Mathematics3
MATH U231Basic Concepts of Elementary Mathematics I3
MATH U233Geometry and Measurement3
MATH U315Statistical Methods I3
Upper-level MATH/STAT course3
Total Hours21-22

Social Studies

GEOG U103Introduction to Geography3
or GEOG U121 Principles of Regional Geography
ANTH U102Understanding Other Cultures3
or GLST U301 Global Cultures and Identities
HIST U105History of the United States to 18773
HIST U106History of the United States from 18653
HIST U322History of South Carolina, 1670 to the Present3
or HIST U323 Our Past: Upstate History
European History (Above U300)3
Non-Western History (Above U300)3
Total Hours21


Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab
or GEOL U102
Historical Geology
and Historical Geology Lab
Descriptive Astronomy
and Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory
Introduction to Physical Science
and Introduction to Physical Science Laboratory
BIOL U206Genetics and Society3
BIOL U270Environmental Science3
CHEM U106Chemistry and Society3
Total Hours21