MLFTC launches bachelor's program in middle grades education

middle grades education program
May 16, 2024

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College is offering a new Bachelor of Arts in Education program in middle grades education. The program, which starts in the fall, prepares future educators to teach learners in grades 5-9, equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge to support the unique needs of adolescents.

The program provides a comprehensive curriculum that prepares students for certification in teaching grades 5-9 in Arizona. Through a blend of coursework, professional experiences and mentorship, students develop a deep understanding of developmentally responsive curriculum, instruction and assessment practices that are responsive to the needs of adolescent learners. 

“Middle school is a crucial time for students and we need teachers who have not only the academic background to be effective educators but the heart for working with adolescents,” said Carlyn Ludlow, MLFTC’s associate division director of undergraduate programs. 

Key features of the program

Content area focus: Students select one content area of focus from middle grades English language arts, general science, mathematics or social studies, allowing for specialization and expertise in their chosen field.

Extensive professional experiences: The program integrates extensive professional experiences, including internships and student teaching, that provide students with opportunities to apply their learning in schools under the guidance of faculty members and certified teachers.

Certification and endorsement: Graduates earn an institutional recommendation from ASU for Arizona teacher certification in middle grades education, along with an endorsement in Structured English Immersion, PK–12, from the Arizona Department of Education.

Career Opportunities: ASU graduates from MLFTC are highly sought-after educators in public, charter, and private education institutions. Career paths include instructional coaching, specialist roles and positions as middle grades subject-area teachers.

“These few years in a child’s life set the stage for future successes in high school college and career,” said Ludlow. “People who are passionate about working in middle grades can't imagine working at any other level. They understand their impact, and they appreciate the developmental trajectory of their students.”

The middle grades education program is now accepting applications for the upcoming academic year. Prospective students interested in learning more about the program are encouraged to visit the MLFTC degree website.