Middle Level Education


Middle Level teacher education at Maryville provides special appreciation for adolescents, depth of content, and extensive experiences in schools  to prepare you for teaching grades 5-9. Maryville University St. Louis believes it is important that middle school teacher candidates have a distinct preparation to understand the special joys and challenges of teaching young adolescents. In fact, Maryville’s program informed the design of the state’s license in middle level education.

Teacher education students are placed in middle schools throughout their program that reflect a range of effective middle school practices. One content area of concentration along with strong liberal arts foundation provide in-depth content preparation coordinated with how to teach. A concentration in reading is built into the program to assist you with the special needs of middle school students. If you are committed to teaching and children/young adults and enjoy spending time with them, if you are focused on being the best you can be, and if you truly want to make a difference in our world, Maryville provides the opportunity for you to be a recognized star in teaching!

For more information: e-mail us at pgreene@maryville.edu or call 314.529.9581.

Program Features

Field Experiences
We have more school placements than any other university, providing you many opportunities to apply the techniques you learn in Maryville classes to your middle-school classroom experiences. The close supervision of your professors, and our well-established relationships with schools throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area, will help you develop your philosophy of teaching and hone your skills in real classroom settings. View timeline of field experience possibilities.

For more information contact: Penny Greene, School of Education at 314.529.9581 or by e-mail at pgreene@maryville.edu.

Preparation for the Changing World of Schools
Maryville’s School of Education will help you develop into a reflective teacher who is committed to democratic education. Through field placements and assignments like the Street Project - for which we won the 2004 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education – you’ll be exposed to different cultures to prepare you for urban, suburban, and rural settings. As a sophomore, you and your peers will conduct a comprehensive study of a St. Louis neighborhood to gain a better understanding of the culture and backgrounds of prospective students. You will learn to teach in a way that allows all students access to knowledge.

Portfolio Preparation
To potential employers, a portfolio – a record of your performance and accomplishments – provides key insights about who you are. We know how important this is to getting the job you want, so we provide you with assistance in preparing your portfolio. Your School of Education adviser will help you create and update this every semester, to highlight your ongoing progress as a teacher candidate.

Degree Offerings and Requirements

Admission Requirements

As a new student, you will first be accepted to pre-education and will be able to enroll in EDUC 100, Introduction to Schooling. If you have a 2.70 cumulative grade point average, you’ll be eligible to enroll in the first block of professional education courses (EDUC 200, 201 and 309) the first semester of your sophomore year. During this semester (or for transfers their first semester at Maryville), you must submit a formal application for admission to teacher education. To be eligible for admission, you must have a 2.70 cumulative GPA, a 3.0 average in professional education coursework and your content concentration, a satisfactory practicum evaluation and pass the CBASE standardized test. We also require an annual criminal background check and TB screening.


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