This course is designed as an overview of the basic aspects of middle grades education including middle level philosophy, student development and diversity, organizational attributes of middle grades settings, curriculum, instruction, assessment, instructional planning, classroom management, involvement of family and community, and professional development.
It is centered around the text, Introduction to Middle Level Education, 4th edition, by Sara Davis Powell. Powell is an experienced middle level teacher. It takes a compelling look at the current issues and topics affecting young adolescents, their teachers, and their schools. This book advances the thinking and applies it to the specific context of middle level learning.
This course is for professional development credit only. VirtualSC PD courses do not count towards any type of degree.
Week 1: Student Orientation
Week 2: Middle Level Education Philosophy and History
Week 3: Diversity of Middle Level Learners and Societal Context
Week 4: Structure and Curriculum of Middle Level Education
Week 5: Middle Level Instruction and Assessment
Week 6: Planning for and Maintaining a Positive, Productive Learning Environment
Week 7: Citizenship and Relationships
This is an advanced level course for teachers, literacy coaches, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers with Internet access. They will also need speakers and a microphone (or a headset or telephone) to participate in the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Virtual Meeting sessions. In addition, participants should be proficient with browsing the Internet, uploading and downloading content, navigating to computer files, and with using word processing software, email, and attachments.
Introduction to Middle Level Education, 4th edition, by Sara Davis Powell is a required professional book for this class. It can be ordered from Amazon in paperback or on a variety of digital platforms as well. It is available for rent or sale. All materials in this course are the property of the South Carolina Department of Education Office of VirtualSC PD. All course materials needed/required for the workshop, other than the book listed above, are available online.
When you register for a graduate course there are two steps: first with VirtualSC PD and then with The College of Charleston. Upon registration with VirtualSC PD, directions will be emailed to you for completing registration with The College of Charleston. Check the email used to create your Genius account often.
- Registration with The College of Charleston is required for each graduate course in order for credit to be awarded.