Middle Grades Education

Pre -Major Curriculum Code: A1011A

This program prepares the student to transfer courses or the degree in its entirety to a four-year senior institution. This Associate in Arts program is specifically designed for students who wish to earn a baccalaureate degree in Middle Grades Education.

General Education Core (44 SHC)*  SHC = Semester Hours Credit

Forty-four semester hours of credit in general education core courses are required as outlined on the NCCCS Curriculum Standards for Associate in Arts degree programs. The general education core includes study in the areas of humanities and fine arts, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, and English composition.

*Students who complete the 44-hour general education core are eligible to receive the GENERAL EDUCATION DIPLOMA IN ARTS (D10100).

Awards Available

Course Requirements for A.A. Pre-Major Middle Grades Education

For course descriptions, please refer to the current catalog.

English Composition (6 SHC)

Two English composition courses are required.
English 111, Expository Writing (3 SHC), is required as the first composition course.
The second composition course must be selected from the following.
ENG 112 Argument-Based Research (3 SHC)
ENG 113 Literature-Based Research (3 SHC)

Humanities/Fine Arts (12 SHC)

Four courses from three discipline areas are required.
One of the following courses is required.
ENG 231 American Literature I (3 SHC) or
ENG 232 American Literature II (3 SHC)
One of the following courses is required.
ART 111 Art Appreciation (3 SHC) or
ART 114 Art History Survey I (3 SHC) or
ART 115 Art History Survey II (3 SHC) or
MUS 110 Music Appreciation (3 SHC)
The following course is required.
COM 231 Public Speaking (3 SHC)
One additional course from the following discipline areas is required: interdisciplinary humanities, literature, philosophy, and religion.
ENG 231, 232, 241, 242, 261, 262
HUM 130, 160, 211, 212
PHI 215, 240
REL 112, 211, 212, 221

Social/Behavioral Sciences (12 SHC)

Four courses from three discipline areas are required.
One of the following courses is required.
HIS 115 Introduction to Global History (3 SHC) or
HIS 121 Western Civilization I (3 SHC) or
HIS 122 Western Civilization II (3 SHC)
The following courses are required.
PSY 150 General Psychology (3 SHC)
PSY 241 Developmental Psychology (3 SHC)
SOC 210 Introduction to Sociology (3 SHC)

Natural Sciences/Mathematics (14 SHC)

Natural Sciences (8 SHC)
One of the following courses is required (4 SHC)
BIO 110 Principles of Biology (4 SHC) or
BIO 111 General Biology I (4 SHC)
A second course (4 SHC) may be selected from the following.
CHM 131/131A Intro to Chemistry/Intro to Chemistry Lab (4 SHC) or
CHM 151 General Chemistry I (4 SHC) or
PHY 110/110A Conceptual Physics/Conceptual Physics Lab (4 SHC) or
PHY 151 College Physics I (4 SHC)
Mathematics (6 SHC)
Two courses are required.
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers (3 SHC) and
MAT 141 Mathematical Concepts I (3 SHC) or
MAT 161 College Algebra (3 SHC)
Note: Math courses with a prerequisite of MAT 161 or higher may be substituted locally. You must see an academic counselor for details. Additional lab courses may be required for math classes taken at Coastal Carolina Community College.

Other Required Hours (21 SHC)

The following courses are required. (6-7 SHC)
ACA 111 College Student Success (1 SHC)
EDU 216 Foundations in Education (4 SHC)
PED 110 Fit and Well for Life (2 SHC) or
PED 111 Physical Fitness I (1 SHC)
14-15 additional hours of approved college transfer credit are needed to complete the required sixty-five semester hours credit. It is recommended that within the 21 semester hours of “other required hours,” pre-education students in middle grades education select courses that will help meet a mandated academic (second major) concentration. These courses should be selected in conjunction with the requirements of each university.

Total Semester Hours Credit (SHC) in Program: 65

Students must meet the receiving university’s foreign language and/or health and physical education requirements, if applicable, prior to or after transfer to the senior institution.

Admission to the Major

Grade point average requirements vary and admission is competitive across the several programs in Middle Grades Education.  Minimum statewide requirements are:

  1. Minimum 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale
  2. Satisfactory passing scores as established by the State Board of Education on PRAXIS I
    PPST-Reading; PPST-Writing; PPST-Math

Receiving institutions may have additional requirements, prerequisite(s), and/or proficiencies.  Since these vary at receiving institutions, students should review the admission to teacher education requirements for the institution(s) they anticipate attending.


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