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Middle School Education (BS)

Middle School Education (5-8) Degree Overview

The Middle Level Education Program at Thomas College is the only one of its kind in Maine and enables aspiring teachers to receive dual certification for grade levels 5-8 by pursuing one of three tracks: English Language Arts and Social Studies, English Language Arts and Science, or Math and Science. Coursework underscores the importance of co-teaching, inquiry-driven instruction, and interdisciplinary education, and the program is fully customizable. You will spend over 900 hours in the classroom, up to 200 of which are paid, and you can expand your certification to span grades 5-12 by taking our Secondary Methods class. With the three-year option, this program empowers you to follow an accelerated, practical pathway to a rewarding career—with the flexibility to pursue employment across the country through teaching credential reciprocity.

This program is aligned with the Maine Association for Middle Level Education framework of effective Middle Level education.

Prepare for a Career In:

  • Middle School Teacher
  • Peace Corps
  • Department of Defense School Teacher
  • Nonprofit
  • Alternative Education
  • Homeschooling
  • Tutoring

“The Thomas College Education programs are amazing because of the professors. I’ve truly never had more helpful, understanding, and kindhearted educators. The knowledge they have given me has set me up extremely well for my future as a teacher.”

Julia Reny ’23

At a Glance

Key Courses

  • 121 credit hours
  • 3 year option
  • Dual-certification program, with option to earn certification for grades 5-12
  • 920+ hours of classroom experience upon graduation
  • Unique opportunity to customize coursework you take
  • 99% job placement rate
  • Only Middle Level program in Maine
  • Explorations in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics)
  • Trauma-Informed Education and Social-Emotional Learning
  • Middle Level Organization and Theory
  • Middle Level Methods