ABOUT THE PROGRAMWelcome to the Middle Level Grades (MLG) Program! The Elementary Education Department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies to prepare future educators for teaching grades 4-8. Students have several degree options for the MLG 4-8 Program.
Overview of the MLG 4-8 Program
The MLG 4-8 Program includes university-based courses designed to develop future teachers' knowledge, skills, and dispositions in education along with the field-based courses designed to give future teachers hands-on experiences working with young adolescents in grades 4 through 8.
The MLG 4-8 Program is offered in two venues. The Face-to-Face program is for traditional students seeking a degree by attending classes on campus. The Online Completer Program is designed for non-traditional students most of whom are paraprofessionals in public schools. Admission into the Online Completer Program is by application only.
For information on these programs or to schedule advising for the MLG degree program contact:
Dr. Claudia Whitley firstname.lastname@example.org 936-468-4074 orDr. Michelle Williams email@example.com 936-468-1597
MLG Degree OptionsStudents will select one of the following content areas for certification:
- English/Language Arts and Reading
- Science (face-to-face only)
- Social Studies
- Generalist (certified to teach all four academic areas in grades 4-8).
Why certify in Grades 4-8?
- Middle school students are unique. They need teachers who understand their unique characteristics, are trained in techniques and strategies that are appropriate for that grade level, and want to work with young adolescents.
- The MLG program provides a balance between pedagogy (how to teach) and content knowledge.
- Grades 4-8 are a high demand employment area. Students who specialize in English/language arts, math, science, or generalist may qualify for the TEACH Grant.
- The MLG Program offers hands-on experience working with students in grades 4-8. This experience includes observing students at the Charter School and in public schools as well as two internships prior to student teaching.
- Because the MLG program is relatively small, you can expect to develop relationships with supportive faculty who want you to be successful.
- The MLG Program is located in the new Early Childhood Research Center.
- The faculty for the 4-8 program has extensive experience in public middle schools in Texas. They have served as superintendents, principals, assistant principals, and teachers in all areas at the middle school level.
- The Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA) is a student organization that is affiliated with the National Middle School Association and offers professional development opportunities throughout the year.
MLG 4-8 Curriculum
The core curriculum includes 47-48 hours in communication, mathematics, natural sciences, humanities, and visual performing arts, and social and behavioral sciences.
Pre-professional courses provide the foundational knowledge, skills, and dispositions in areas of technology, special education, and educational psychology. Students will complete 12 hours in this area.
Internship 1 (typically completed in the second semester of a student's junior year) provides future educators experience teaching science, social studies, mathematics, or language arts in a fourth or fifth grade classroom setting. Students spend four hours twice per week in the classroom and take additional courses as well.
Internship II (typically completed in the first semester of a student's senior year) provides the future educators experience teaching science, social studies, mathematics, or language arts in a sixth, seventh, or eighth grade classroom setting. Students spend two full days in the classroom each week and take additional courses on the remaining days.
Student teaching (completed in the student's final semester) gives future educators extensive and full-time experience in a classroom setting in grades 4-8.
ADVISINGStudents on campus may schedule advising appointments by contacting:
Dr. Claudia Whitley firstname.lastname@example.org 936-468-4074 or
Dr. Michelle Wiliams email@example.com 936-468-1597
The advising office for MLG Program is Room 209T4 in the Early Childhood Research Center.
Advising for students in the MLG Online Completer Program is completed online and at the face-to-face visit each semester with Dr. Michelle Williams.
About the Online Completer Program
The Middle Level Grades Online Completer Program provides nontraditional students an opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and obtain certification to teach students in fourth through eighth grade.
Potential students must apply and be accepted. Requirements for acceptance include:
- Paraprofessionals (aides) in public schools.
- Heads of household with dependents.
- Persons with full time jobs and cannot attend regular daytime classes.
- Primary care providers for family or other dependents.
- Persons living 60 miles or more distance from a university.
- Others with extenuating circumstances.
Additionally, students must have:
- Self discipline and technological skills
- GPA of 3.0 in approved 45 hours of specified courses
- Prior or current experiences with children and access to a middle level classroom for field experience
Applicants must agree to:
- Take all SFA courses online. The content in the regular face-to-face courses is configured in a different manner.
- Come to the SFASU campus in Nacogdoches, at my own expense, one trip per semester, not to exceed three days in any given trip for labs which coincide with courses.
- Take the courses in this program in the specified sequence.
- Have access to a computer, scanner, and Microsoft Office software, digital camera and video camera.
- Have access to grades 4-8 classrooms and children and can get permission to videotape.
- Abide by all rules, policies and requirements of the University, College of Education, and Department of Elementary Education.
Steps to be completed for admission to the program and university
- Apply for admission to the MLG 4-8 Distance Education Completion Program(Admission to the program is contingent upon admission to the University.)
- Apply for admission to Stephen F. Austin State University.
- Apply for financial aid if needed.
- Be advised by the Coordinator of this program, Dr. Michelle Williams firstname.lastname@example.org
- Meet the criteria for admission to Teacher Education at approximately 66 credit hours
- Generalist advising form
- English/Language Arts advising form
- Social Studies advising form
- Mathematics advising form
For more information, contact:
Dr. Michelle Williams
Early Childhood Research Center 209H
P. O. Box 13017-SFA Station, Nacogdoches, Texas 75962