Are you ready to shape the development of middle school students? You’ll do that here.

A middle school language arts degree prepares you for a career teaching language arts in a middle school setting. Our graduates are certified to work with grades 5-9. 

What You’ll Do  

As a middle school education language arts major at Southeast, you’ll gain real world experiences that will prepare you to thrive in the classroom. 

  • Be prepared and certified to teach middle school language arts grades 5 – 9. 
  • Integrate technology into your curriculum with the EDvolution one-to-one instructional technology program. 
  • Have the opportunity for student teaching abroad, including our partnership with Eagles College in Iquique, Chile. 
  • Have opportunities for leadership in numerous student organizations. 
  • Have full-time faculty with experience in the classroom as their primary instructors. 
  • Study in a nationally accredited program. 

What You'll Study

As a middle school education language arts major, you’ll learn how to work with students in middle school settings in a supportive environment with faculty who have extensive classroom experience themselves. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours. 

Middle School students must be admitted to the College of Education prior to enrolling in SE350.

Education Courses
(49 Hours Required)

A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in education courses, with the exception of ED280 which requires a grade of ‘B’ or better.

  • ED280 Introduction to Education as a Profession (3)
  • ED506 Education, Law, and Society (3)
  • EF400 Student Teaching Seminar (1)
  • EX390 Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child (3)
  • PY222 Development of the Adolescent (3)
  • SE307 Content Literacy Methods for Middle and High School (3)
  • SE319 Techniques of Teaching English (3)
  • SE350 Pedagogy 1: Principles of Effective Teaching (3)
  • SE355 Field Experience II (3)
  • SE360 Pedagogy 2: Interdisciplinary Methods for Middle School (3)
  • SE380 Advanced Field Experience (3)
  • SE385 Pedagogy 3: Advanced Methods of Middle and Secondary Teaching (3)
  • SE390 Instructional Interventions for Middle and Secondary Students with Special Literacy Needs (3)
  • SE465 Student Teaching (12)

Language Arts Content Courses – 24 Hours Required Minimum 3.0 GPA required for graduation and certification.

  • EN140 Rhetoric & Critical Thinking (3)
  • EN201 Writing about Literature (3)
  • EN378 Grammars of English (3)
  • LI243 Children’s Literature (3)
  • LI270 American Literature I (3)
  • LI271 American Literature I or II (3)
  • LI385 Literature for the Secondary Classroom (3)
  • LI542 Literature for the Young Adult (3)
  • SC105 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3)

"Critical Courses" are italicized and bolded. These courses are indicators of potential for success in the degree program.

  • 42 credit hours completed
  • One of the following:
    • Composite/Superscore of 20 or higher on the ACT exam;
    • Passing scores on all sections of the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA); or 3) A 4-year degree from an accredited college/university
  • The following course requirements met:
    • A grade of C or above in CF/PY120 The Child (Elementary, Early, and Exceptional) or PY222 Development of the Adolescent (5-9, 9-12, and PK-12)
    • A grade of B or above in ED280 Introduction to Education as a Profession or ME222 Principles of Teaching Music.

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year

Fall Semester (13 Hours) 

  • UI100 (3) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • SC105 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)

  • FN235 (3)
  • PY222 (3)
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • Elective (3)

Milestone: Maintain 2.75 cumulative GPA

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester (17 Hours) 

  • ED280 (3)
  • LI270 or LI271 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • Elective (3)

Spring Semester (14 Hours) 

  • EN201 (3) 
  • LI385 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3) 

Milestone: Maintain 2.75 cumulative GPA, Passing score MoGEA

Junior Year

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • EN378 (3) 
  • EX390 (3) 
  • LI243 (3) 
  • SE350 (3) 
  • Elective (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • SE307 (3) 
  • SE355 (3) 
  • SE360 (3) 
  • LI542 (3)
  • Elective (3)

Milestone: Maintain 2.75 cumulative GPA, 3.0 GPA in Ed. courses

Senior Year

Fall Semester (14 Hours) 

  • ED506 (3) 
  • SE319 (3) 
  • SE380 (3)
  • SE385 (3)
  • SE390 (3) 

Spring Semester (13 Hours) 

  • EF400 (1)
  • SE465 (12)

Milestone: Passing score Mo Content Exams and common assessment; 2.75 cumulative GPA; 3.0 GPA in Ed. courses; 3.0 GPA in content courses

Students have the option of adding another area of concentration or a minor to this degree.

A “Milestone” signifies a significant stage for a student in the completion of a degree.

Get Funding for Your Education

Missouri’s opened the door to a more educated workforce. We want to help you walk through it. If you’re an adult learner and a Missouri resident returning to college, learn about the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant. It’s a statewide financial aid program that can be used to pursue a certificate, degree or industry-recognized credential in a high need area in Missouri. This major is eligible for the Fast Track grant.

Outcomes & Careers 

  • 98% 

    Successful Outcomes Rate 

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Leadership, Middle and Secondary Education report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation. 



  • $65k 

    Middle School Teacher  

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a middle school teacher is 64,990. 





  • $67k

    Career/Technical Middle School Teacher 

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a middle school language arts teacher is $66,950. 





  • $67k

    High School Teacher

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a high school teacher is $67,340. 


Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

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Department of Leadership, Middle & Secondary Education - Accreditations

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See the world as you gain experience: You'll do that here.

Do your student teaching abroad in a variety of locations, including our partnership with Eagles College in Iquique, Chile.

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