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Middle Grades Extended Certification

Program of Study:

  • Be an accepted elementary or secondary education student in the School of Education, or have completed either of these programs (2nd option by permission only).

  • Complete the following professional course sequence: EDC 400 (Middle School Curriculum Assessment and Methods); EDC 331 (Clinical Experiences for Secondary Education); EDC 415 (Adolescents and Classroom Management), EDC 484 (Student Teaching) and EDC 485 (Student Teaching Seminar). Please consult your elementary or secondary program curriculum worksheet for specific course sequence.

  • Have a college major, minor, or a concentration of 21 semester hours (credits) in one of the following areas: English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies or Mathematics. (There is no longer a middle grades certification available in any world language.) Secondary education students: please consult with your education advisor, as requirements below are typically met through your content major.


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


Writing/Composition (required)


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


Adolescent Literature (required)

EDC 449

Teaching Adolescent Literature

Non-western Literature (choose one)


Literatures of the World


Introduction to Literature of the African Diaspora


Africana Folk Life


Contemporary African Literature


World Authors

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


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


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


BIO 101

Principles of Biology I

BIO 102

Principles of Biology II


CHM 101, 102

General Chemistry


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

Islamic History: From the Origins of Islam to 1492

HIS 178 History of the Modern Middle East

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 on the appropriate middle school content test. This applies to ALL elementary education majors, even with full major in content area. See Licensure Testing Requirements for current testing information.

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