Introduction

Interested in adding a Middle-Level Certification to your certificate? VirtualSC PD is now offering Middle School Organization and Curriculum to help educators gain this area of certification through coursework. Middle School Organization and Curriculum satisfies the Middle-level Curriculum and Organization topic requirement.

Middle-Level certification may be earned in the fields of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

Individuals who wish to add a Middle-Level certification field by coursework must meet the following requirements.

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Initial or Professional certificate at the early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary, or PK–12 level
  • Minimum qualifying score(s) on the middle level content area examination(s) required by the SBE for the content area
  • Completion of all required coursework with an equivalent of a grade of “C” or better.

Required Course Topics

Required Topic Required Credit
Middle-level Curriculum and Organization 3 graduate credit hours
Early Adolescent Growth and Development and Learning Communities 3 graduate credit hours
Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Area 3 graduate credit hours
Content courses in the specific area 15 graduate credit hours

Important Notes

  • All content area coursework must be in the specific middle level certification field to be added (i.e., English language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies).
  • To add Middle Level Science, the educator must present courses in at least three disciplines of science (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics, earth and space science, etc.).
  • To add Middle Level Social Studies, the educator must present courses in at least three disciplines of the social studies (e.g., economics, geography, government, history, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, etc.).
  • Teachers certified in a high school content area need no additional content area preparation to add the same subject area at the middle level.
  • The Content Area Reading and Writing courses offered by VirtualSC PD do not satisfy the Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Area course requirement for the Middle Level add-on certification. Courses taken for adding a middle level area of certification must be for college credit on an official transcript.

Adding this area of certification may also be done by exam. You can read more about this option in the Guidelines and Requirements for Adding Certification Fields and Specialized Endorsements.