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Middle Grades Education

Picture yourself as an educator, playing a pivotal role in the lives of young adolescents. That’s exactly what Amy Lee Jones does. She’s taking advantage of every opportunity she can in order to become the kind of middle school teacher who makes a lasting, positive impact – just like the teachers she had in school.

“Two of my most influential teachers taught seventh grade math and language arts,” Amy Lee says. “And the middle grades really seem to be a good fit for me.”

She says she’s not daunted by working with young adolescents. “They’re at that age when they want to be in school. They want to learn. And they’re so crazy! These kids think they’re cool and they’re so not. They’re just awkward, which is charming and entertaining, and that keeps the work interesting.”

Time spent in local schools helped Amy Lee confirm that interest. “My first semester we spent three weeks observing early childhood classrooms, three weeks in elementary schools, and three weeks in middle schools. That helped me verify what level I wanted to work with.”

Now, she’s gaining a strong foundation in teaching methodologies. “Everything we cover in class begins to make sense when we go out in the field and put it into action. I got to work with the Charleston County Teacher of the Year. I watched her teach and then got feedback from her on my lessons, which was awesome. I was also getting feedback from professors.”

For Amy Lee, her best student-teaching moment was using song lyrics to teach figurative language. “We looked for similes and metaphors and the students loved it. I used lyrics from a variety of artists like Rascal Flatts and Kanye West. The students had to identify the creative language in the lyrics, what it meant and why it was more effective than just saying it directly. That was teaching.”

MIddle Grades Educaton - Amy Lee Jones

Contact Information

Robert Perkins
department chair
Department of
Teacher Education

Our program teaches you how young students develop and hone literacy skills and how they comprehend mathematical concepts. We teach the most effective means of instruction for social studies and science. Our majors understand how to create effective learning environments and how tobalance the needs of students wholearn at a different pace.

We produce versatile educators whodon’t just teach, they affect emotional, intellectual and social development in each of their students. 

❱❱ Our graduates are actively recruited. 

❱❱ Students are guided and supported by our Office of Certification and Clinical Practice. 

❱❱ Our program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.