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What will I learn?

Middle school students have unique intellectual, physical, social, and emotional needs; therefore, the teachers who teach them must specially prepared to meet those needs. The NKU middle grades education program is built on an understanding of adolescent development and developmentally responsive educational practice. In an atmosphere of collaboration and teamwork, middle grades education majors develop the knowledge and skills to provide a relevant, meaningful, and challenging academic experience for middle school students while being responsive to their unique physical, social, and emotional needs.


A middle grades education degree prepares students to effectively teach young adolescents in a variety of middle school contexts. After completing all requirements, middle grades majors are eligible for certification to teach in Kentucky (grades 5-9), or other states, in two of the following teaching fields:

English and Communication



Social Studies

Special Education (requires a 2nd major in special education)


Middle grades majors gain valuable professional experience working with teachers in middle school classrooms across Northern Kentucky and greater Cincinnati beginning with the first course of the program and concluding with a full-time, semester-long experience. Students may also apply to participate in an overseas teaching experience.

Students are encouraged to enhance their professional networks through membership in the Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA) student organization and participation in service learning and community service activities.

Which department am I in?

College of Education

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$20,448.00 per year
USD $10,224 per semester (12-16 hours)
Application deadline

1 November 2021, 1 June 2022

Start date

10 January 2022


College of Education



41099, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants must have all years of secondary school (or high school)

At the time of graduation, all students in teacher education programs must meet the following requirements: Overall GPA of 2.75.

English Language Requirements:

Admission Requirement Without Restrictions:

TOEFL (iBT): Composite score of at least 79, with a minimum of 14 in reading.

TOEFL (PBT): Composite score of at least 550, with a minimum of 48 in reading

IELTS: Composite score of at least 6.5, with a minimum of a 5.5 in Reading and 5 in Writing
Duolingo English Test: Minimum score: 105

Pearson PTE: Composite score of at least 55

Admission with Restrictions:

TOEFL (iBT): Composite score of at least 61

TOEFL (PBT): Composite score of at least 500

IELTS: Composite score of at least 5.5, with a minimum of 5 in Reading and Writing

Duolingo English Test: Minimum score: 90

Pearson PTE: Composite score of at least 44, with a minimum of 42 in Reading

Application deadline: Nov/01 for Jan intake; June/01 for Aug intake.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.