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Middle Grades Extended Certification

Program of Study:

  • Completing the following professional course sequence: EDC 400 (Middle School Curriculum Assessment and Methods), EDC 415 (Adolescent Psychology), EDC 484 (Student Teaching) and EDC 485 (Student Teaching Seminar)

  • A valid Rhode Island elementary, secondary, special subjects, elementary/middle educator, or middle/secondary educator certificate or eligibility to obtain this certification.

  • A college major, minor, or a concentration of 21 semester hours (credits) in one of the following areas: English, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Mathematics.

English

Coursework in English Language Arts to total 21 credits. To include coursework in the following categories:

 

Writing/Composition (required)

EDC/WRT 435

Teaching of Composition

American Literature (choose one)

ENG 241

U.S. Literature I

ENG 242

U.S. Literature II

British Literature (choose one)

ENG 251

British Literature I

ENG 252

British Literature II

ENG 280

Introduction to Shakespeare

ENG 472

Shakespeare

Adolescent Literature (required)

EDC 449

Teaching Adolescent Literature

Non-western Literature (choose one)

ENG/CLS 160

Literatures of the World

ENG/AAF 247

Introduction to Literature of the African Diaspora

ENG/AAF 360

Africana Folk Life

ENG/AAF 364

Contemporary African Literature

ENG/AAF 487

World Authors

Note: Courses may be substituted with Secondary Education English Professor's permission.

Foreign Language

To include coursework in intermediate and advanced grammar and conversation, literature, culture and civilization in each language for which the endorsement is sought. Elementary level coursework will not be accepted toward the total academic requirement.

Note: Although not required by these regulations, teachers who are assigned to a middle school are encouraged to obtain endorsements in 2 content areas or a double major (with one major in a discipline referenced in #4) to facilitate integration.

Repetitive coursework will not be counted toward the total academic requirement. 

Mathematics

Coursework in Mathematics to total 21 credits. To include coursework in the following categories:

Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, & Calculus (all required)

MTH 141

Introduction to Calculus with Analytic Geometry (prerequisite: completion of four units of high school mathematics, including trigonometry)

MTH 142

Intermediate Calculus with Analytic Geometry

MTH 215

Introduction to Linear Algebra

MTH 322

Concepts of Geometry

Discrete Mathematics, Number Theory, or Statistics/Probability (choose one)

MTH 382

Number Theory

MTH 451

Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Science

Coursework in Science to total 21 credits. To include coursework in at least three of the following categories:

Biology

BIO 101

Principles of Biology I

BIO 102

Principles of Biology II

Chemistry

CHM 101, 102

General Chemistry

Physics

PHY 111, 185

General Physics and Lab

Earth/Space Science (choose one)

AST 108

Introduction to Astronomy

GEL 103

Understanding the Earth

OCG 401

General Oceanography

Environmental Science

GEL 100

Environmental Geology

Technology Science (engineering and allied disciplines)

EGR 105

Foundations of Engineering

Social Studies

Coursework in Social Studies/History to total 21 credits. To include coursework in the following categories:

U.S. History (choose one)

HIS 141

History of the United States to 1877

HIS 142

History of the United States since 1877

HIS 341

United States History since 1945

Western History (choose one)

HIS 111

History of Ancient Greece and Rome

HIS 112

History of Medieval Europe

HIS 328

The Holocaust

Non-Western History (choose one)

HIS 171

East Asian Culture and History

HIS 374

History of Modern China

HIS 375

History of Modern Japan

HIS 176

The Islamic Middle East: Mohammed to the Mongols

HIS 378

Arab-Israeli Conflict

Coursework in at least three of the following areas:

Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science and Sociology

Testing Requirements:

Candidates for middle grades extended certification who do not possess a major or its equivalent (30 semester hours) in an academic/content area [URI majors: English, Mathematics, Science - i.e  Biology, Chemistry, or Physics - or History, for Social Studies] must take and achieve a passing score in the following content knowledge test(s):

English - Middle School English Language Arts (0049) 162;

Math - Middle School Mathematics (0069) 158;

Science - Middle School Science (0439) 154; or

Social Studies - Citizenship Education: Content Knowledge (0087) 160.

Completion of an approved college program of studies designed for the preparation of middle level educators, to include collaboratively supervised field experience(s) and a student practicum which ensure the attainment of the following middle level competencies:

  • Create a learning environment that demonstrates an understanding of the emotional, social, physical, and psychological development of the middle level student.
  • Work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Encourage and support the development of the middle level student through appropriate advising.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues, parents, and administrators.
  • Facilitate student learning within and across disciplines through the integration of curriculum.
  • Utilize organizational and grouping strategies to provide for the needs of the middle level student.
  • Use a variety of instructional and assessment strategies which accommodate the diverse needs and strengths of all students and are responsive to gender, language, and cultural differences.
  • Design and implement instructional programs and related activities, which create a supportive learning environment for the middle level student.

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