Middle Grades CookieBeing a middle school teacher is a combination of serving in the Peace Corps, organizing an amoebae circus, competing in a decathlon, and earning an Academy Award. In no other job do you laugh aloud, ignite someone’s imagination, bring peace, pose conflict, kiss frogs, quell fears, affirm goodness, stand amazed, and read a crumpled love note that assures the end of the world by 3:00 that afternoon. And that’s just the end of first period.

Rick Wormeli, Meet Me in the Middle


Campbell University offers a B.S. in Middle Grades Education that is specifically designed to prepare candidates to teach in a true middle school setting. Students successfully completing the program earn a Bachelor of Science degree and initial licensure in North Carolina to teach one of four content areas in grades 6-9: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies.

Candidates choose a secondary area of concentration from the four areas in which they earn an additional 18 credit hours.  With these hours, they have a solid foundation in a secondary concentration area, enabling them to successfully pass the Praxis II exam for a dual license in 6th-9th grades.

For more information on the middle grades program, please contact Dr. Lorae Roukema at [email protected].

Skittles in the Middle

Erin Overton writes thoughts and insights on middle level education and the young adolescent in her blog: Skittles in the Middle. Erin is a secondary education major in English, but writes about her experiences with middle grades education after taking EDUC 365: Teaching in the Middle.  Read Erin’s blogs here: http://skittlesinthemiddle.blogspot.com/

Book Reviews

Four Square and the Politics of Sixth Grade Lunch
Review by Donna Jellico, Class of 2013

Promoting Harmony: A Reflection
Review by Casey Lanier, Class of 2013


Middle School Musings


Middle Grades Musings is a monthly publication by Campbell University’s Middle Grades Education Program.

Please click the links below

The Good Stuffs in the Middle        What's Your Mission         Teacher Leaders     Social Media      Community        We are the People       Teaming In the Middle         Blurring the Line


In the Middle

Video courtesy of Ms. Kelly McGee, Class of 2012



For more information on the CU Middle Grades Program, or to contribute to a future Musings, please contact Dr. Lorae Roukema, editor, at [email protected]