Middle Grades and Secondary Education Department

Wayne Willis, Interim Chair

601 Ginger Hall



J. Fernandez, K. Lafferty, S. Lindsey, K. Sharp, W. Willis (Interim Chair)

Program Competencies

Based on the Teacher Standards, students graduating from the 5-9 program should:

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the growth and development of middle grade students.
  2. Describe the historical, philosophical and psychological basis of middle grade and middle school programs.
  3. Demonstrate skills in planning and implementation of instruction in several different organizational patterns.
  4. Accurately assess the instruction needs of students.
  5. Develop an effective system for managing the classroom.
  6. Relate planning for teaching to the needs of middle grade students.
  7. Identify school and community resources that could be used in instruction.
  8. Plan for communication with students, parents and other school personnel.
  9. Establish cooperative relationships with other school personnel and skills in working in teams.
  10. Develop a breadth of content knowledge.
  11. Demonstrate a knowledge of the provisions of the Kentucky Education Reform Act.
  12. Demonstrate appropriate uses of technology to support and enhance instruction.
  13. Demonstrate the capacity to provide leadership within the school, the community and the profession.

Special Admission Requirements

  1. GPA of 2.75.
  2. Successfully complete the TEP interview process.
  3. Demonstrated proficiency in oral and written communication.
  4. Successful completion of prerequisite courses, with a grade of "C" or better (ENG 100, ENG 200, COMS 108, EDF 207, EDF 211).
  5. Students applying for TEP at MSU must obtain the following scores on the PRAXIS pre-professional skills assessments (PPST):
  6. Pre-Professional Skills: Mathematics (0730 or 5730) - 174, and
  7. Pre-Professional Skills: Reading (0710 or 5710) - 176, and
  8. Pre-Professional Skills: Writing (0720 or 5720 - 174.

Assessment Procedures

  • GPA of 2.75

  • Interview
  • Completion of required field experience hours
  • Writing sample
  • Teacher Performance Assessment
  • PRAXIS Exams