The curriculum in middle/junior high school education is an endorsement that can be added to either an Alabama Class B Elementary or Class B Secondary program it is not a stand alone program. Students may, at their option, add certification in the middle school, with additional coursework and an additional internship. This program prepares teachers with additional knowledge and experience to motivate and engage adolescent children.
For the Elementary Education (K-6) certification, adding a middle school endorsement would also permit teaching in grades 7 and 8 in the teaching field(s) for which the person has completed the subject area requirements as otherwise outlined in the UAH catalog. Students with a major in elementary education (K-6 certification) must meet the following additional requirements: (1) ED 416 Middle and High School Methods Block, (2) the second area of study must be equivalent to the approved hours for the major*, (3) an additional internship in grades 4-8.
*In order to meet the Highly Qualified Teacher status as a middle school teacher, the second area of study would become the teaching field. Candidates would complete a minimum of 32 hours with at least 19 at the upper division to meet this criteria.
For a candidates with Secondary (6-12) certification, adding middle school endorsement would also permit teaching in grades 4-5 in the teaching field(s) for which the person has completed the requirements. Additional requirements for students enrolled in the high school program (6-12) and seeking middle school endorsement are as follows: (1) ED 405: Reading Strategies in Intermediate grades and (2) additional internship in grades 4-8.