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Middle Grades Education, Bachelor of Arts (grades 5-9) - English

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you can take at Saint Leo

  • Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Adolescent Literacy
  • ESOL Foundations
  • English/Language Arts Methods in Middle School
  • Practicum in Teaching Middle School
  • Classroom Management

Why choose our Middle Grades Education - English Degree?

Do you love literature and creative writing? Do you want to inspire and shape future generations? Share your passion with young people, and get them excited about composition, critical thinking and literature. As an English teacher, you’ll guide students to important discoveries about language and culture.

Find your voice through British and American lit classes, the Saint Leo University Writer’s Circle and Sandhill Review literary magazine, while learning effective strategies—including the use of emerging technologies—for teaching language arts to adolescents, including ESOL, special education, multicultural and at-risk populations.

Accumulate more than 800 hours of field experience by the end of your senior year—almost double the hours recommended by the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. By the time you graduate, you’ll be well equipped to command a classroom of your own as a certified grade 5-12 English teacher.

In 2011, Saint Leo’s Education department was named a national finalist for the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award. And, according to a recent survey, between 92-98% of school principals who've had a Saint Leo graduate as a first-year teacher at their school report that they'd provide a positive recommendation for rehiring.

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What can you do with a degree in Middle Grades Education - English?

Graduates are qualified to obtain teaching certification for grades 5-9. Possible job routes include:
  • English Teacher
  • Reading Teacher
  • ESOL Teacher
  • Curriculum Developer

Professional development opportunities.

Florida Teacher Certification

Middle Grades majors are required to take the Subject Area Exam for grades 5-9. All graduates are also eligible to receive certification in the secondary grades after passing the additional Subject Area Exam for grades 6-12 of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam. Graduates from Saint Leo's state-approved program are also eligible for the Florida DOE Reading and ESOL Endorsements.

Student teaching

Hone your skills through no less than four field placements, including teaching fulltime in a middle school one semester your senior year. A Saint Leo supervisor observes and coaches you throughout each placement.

Professional Seminar

Prepare yourself for the job market: Create your resume, meet with school district representatives to learn about the application process, participate in mock interviews with school principals and district administrators.

21st century classroom

Discover how to enhance learning with technologies such as iPads, the Mimio Teach and MimioVote™ assessment system and interactive SMART boards.


Attend at least one professional conference before graduation, such as the Florida Council for Teachers of English.

Co-curricular activities

Participate in the Future Teachers Association and become an active member of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society for Educators.

Where are Saint Leo Middle Grades Education grads now?

Our students find success as certified teachers in school districts around Florida and outside of the state, thanks to interstate agreements between the Florida Department of Education and many states.

Saint Leo graduates often assume leadership positions in their schools—as team leaders and department chairs—within three to four years of employment. Many Saint Leo graduates have been recognized as Teachers of the Year for their schools and even their entire school districts.

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