Help Future Generations Understand the Past with a B.Ed. in Middle Education – Social Sciences Degree
Do you get excited when you can link historical events to today’s society or when you gain a deeper understanding of economic ups and downs? You’re probably passionate about using history to help our future, and maybe you’re even intrigued by the idea of teaching young people these concepts. If that sounds like you, Liberty’s Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Middle Education – Social Sciences degree is a great next step in your academic journey.
When teaching middle school students, you need proper training in childhood and adolescent development as well as how to appropriately teach students at this developmental stage. With the bachelor’s in middle education – social sciences degree, you’ll learn just that. Additionally, you’ll be equipped to pass on the historical, political, and economic facts and knowledge that are essential to your students’ success in life.
By partnering with Liberty University to earn your middle education degree, you’re giving yourself the opportunity to graduate with the essential experience, skills, and credentials you’ll need to teach adolescents. We’re excited about this partnership and the opportunity to equip you with an education that will turn your passions into a valuable career where you’ll make a positive impact.
Upon successful completion of Liberty University’s Virginia state-approved Bachelor of Education program, you may apply for your teaching license in another state through reciprocity, which may or may not result in additional requirements based on your state’s Department of Education regulations.
Why Choose Liberty’s Bachelor of Education in Middle Education – Social Sciences Degree?
At Liberty University, our mission of Training Champions for Christ means that we strive to provide you with the best in all that we do. Rest easy knowing that your degree will be taught with excellence and rigorous standards. Plus, each education course is taught by a professor who has years of real-life experience in the classroom, is invested in your success as a student, and is dedicated to teaching from a Christian worldview.
Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and the School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Because of this, your degree will be well-recognized and respected among other schools and employers.
Additionally, our B.Ed. programs are approved by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), allowing you to earn your license and teach in the state of Virginia immediately upon graduation. This degree will prepare you with all the tools and education you’ll need to be successful in the classroom
What Will You Learn in Our Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Education – Social Sciences?
The bachelor’s degree in middle education will prepare you with a variety of foundational courses in English, communication, math, history, physics, psychology, biology, and more. You’ll be well-prepared to communicate these ideas and topics to your students.
Additionally, you’ll study a variety of courses that focus how on to educate children and adolescents. Some of your courses will include topics like classroom teaching, instructional design for middle classrooms, how to teach reading, writing, and language to diverse learners, and behavioral and individual differences between students.
Plus, you’ll complete 90 practicum hours and 150 student teaching hours for a total of 240 hours of classroom experience prior to graduation.
Since you are specializing in social sciences, you’ll gain additional insight into the following topics: economics, American history, and comparative civilizations. By taking these courses, you’ll be well-prepared to pass on general history and political concepts to your adolescent students.
Review the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below to learn more about what you’ll be studying!
EDUC 360 – Foundations of Education
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- A comprehensive survey of the historical, philosophical, psychological, and sociological foundations of American education
- The educational foundations as found in the Bible, and the applicability of these to both the Christian School Movement and the public school system
- How to articulate your personal philosophy of education
EDUC 412 – Middle School Curriculum and Instruction
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- A study of the historical development and philosophical base of the middle school
- The unique characteristics of the emerging adolescent and the prescriptive school concepts that will meet those needs
EDUC 415 – Diagnostic Measurement and Evaluation
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- A diagnostic-prescriptive approach to classroom teaching
- Diagnostic testing techniques and procedures
- The administration and interpretation of standardized tests
- The construction of classroom tests
Highlights of Our B.Ed. in Middle Education – Social Sciences
- The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through CAEP, so you can pursue your degree with confidence.
- Pursuing our Bachelor of Education licensure-tracks may make you eligible for the Federal TEACH Grant.
- Graduate with licensure credentials to teach in the state of Virginia.
- Receive at least 240 hours of practical classroom experience prior to graduation.
- Observe and teach in a variety of school settings with your required practicum and student teaching hours.
- Learn from professors who are professionals in the field of education and are dedicated to our mission of Training Champions for Christ.
B.Ed. in Middle Education – Social Sciences Degree Information
- 124 total hours
- Transfer in up to 50% of your major-specific credits and 75% of your total degree
- Program falls under the School of Education
- View our course catalog.
- Practicum and student teaching are required for this degree.
- This program requires a background check.
- View the Degree Completion Plan.
Career Opportunities for B.Ed. in Middle Education – Social Sciences Graduates
Upon successful completion of the B.Ed. in Middle Education, you will be prepared with a well-respected degree in education, Virginia licensure, and over 200 hours of classroom experience. This degree will equip you with all the necessary resources, tools, and knowledge needed to succeed as a middle school teacher. You may also pursue the following career opportunities:
- Licensed middle education teacher
- Homeschool teacher
- Private school teacher
- K-12 curriculum coordinator
Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees
Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:
- Admission application
- Official high school transcripts
- Official college transcripts (if applicable)
- SAT, ACT, or CLT scores
- Admission essay
*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.