Teacher Education Programs

Gradudate Programs in Middle Grades Education

Scott Billingsley

Dr. Scott Billingsley

Professor, Department of History
Director, Graduate Social Studies Education
Director, Middle Grades Programs
Office: Dial Humanities Building, Room 235
Phone: 910.521.6807
Email: scott.billingsley@uncp.edu

Area Directors:

Language Arts

Roger LaddDr. Roger A. Ladd 

Professor, Deprtment of English, Theatre, and Foreign Languages 
Director, Graduate English Education
Director, Master of Arts in Teaching 
Office: Dial Humanities Building 121
Phone: 910.521.6624
Email: roger.ladd@uncp.edu 

Mathematics

Mrs. Mary Klinikowski (Interim)

Director of Assessment, Teacher Education Programs
Director, Graduate Mathematics Education
Office: Education Center 112
Phone: 910.521.6417
Email: mary.klinikowski@uncp.edu

Science

Dr. Rita Hagevik

Assistant Professor, Deprtment of Biology
Director, Graduate Science Education
Office: Oxendine Building 2240
Phone: 910.521.6652
Email: rita.kagevik@uncp.edu

Social Studies

Scott BillingsleyDr. Scott Billingsley

Professor, Department of History
Director, Graduate Social Studies Education
Director, Middle Grades Programs
Office: Dial Humanities Building, Room 235
Phone: 910.521.6807
Email: scott.billingsley@uncp.edu

 

Program Description

The advanced Middle Grades Education degree program is designed for experienced teachers who possess or who are eligible to hold an “A” license in middle grades education. Building on the background knowledge and experience of the classroom teacher, the program seeks to strengthen advanced academic competence and to relate advanced understandings of the learner, learning process, curriculum, and instructional strategies to the unique needs and characteristics of the emerging adolescent. 

 

Program Goals

The Program will prepare the teacher to

1. Develop an understanding of the history and philosophy of middle grades education and theories about its future development, including organizational components and assessment and evaluation in the middle grades setting.

2. Develop an understanding of middle grades curriculum and practices appropriate for the emerging adolescent learner.

3. Develop a greater understanding of the theoretical base, research, and exemplary practices of middle grades education.

4. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the content and pedagogy of the middle grades curriculum.

5. Improve educational practice through self-reflection, self-evaluation, and action research.