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The Middle Grades Education major prepares students to take charge of 6th-9th grade classrooms across our region and beyond. This nationally recognized program is built upon exceptional partnerships with public schools throughout central and western North Carolina. Students are immersed in a variety of courses which prepare them to effectively plan, deliver research-based instruction, differentiate the curriculum for all learners, use the latest instructional technologies, and develop a global perspective for 21st century classrooms. A strong emphasis is placed on the critical importance of serving students with disabilities and other exceptionalities within the regular classroom. In addition, the Middle Grades program focuses on helping students understand young adolescents and how to effectively manage middle school classrooms. We believe that this is the best preparation a future teacher can receive for today's classrooms.

LR’s Education programs are nationally accredited through NCATE. Students will receive exceptional mentoring and support in preparation for teacher licensure exit examinations. Job search and placement support is provided for all students. All Education faculty have significant public school teaching experience to augment their qualifications as university professors.


Teacher preparation is a demanding program that necessarily integrates classroom theory with “real world” application. Successful majors will engage in substantial hours of field experiences in public school classrooms. Additionally, they will complete a full-time internship in the final semester of their program. Lenoir-Rhyne Middle Grades Education majors are given community service opportunities throughout the program such as tutoring, mentorships, and school-based services. Students may also choose to participate in study abroad options, in conferences focusing on teaching young adolescents and understanding global educational issues, and/or numerous other activities through the student organizations in Education. The Middle Grades Education program focuses on preparing students for modern education practice and encourages growth and analysis through both student-faculty research and student-led honors research projects. Qualified students are able to participate in and contribute to the LR Teaching Scholars Program, which provides additional learning opportunities on and away from campus.


Teaching Scholars Program


Completion of the major in Middle Grades Education (along with all other state licensure requirements) is designed to prepare students to meet the expectations of Grades 6-9 teaching. The education program furnishes extensive job search and placement support for its qualified graduates as they complete their undergraduate programs. Majors find middle grades education positions in public, private, and charter schools.


Middle Grades Education Major Requirements
School of Education Application


Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP)
Lenoir-Rhyne University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). Lenoir-Rhyne University is working toward accreditation of its educator preparation programs under the AAQEP standards with an anticipated Quality Assurance Review in Fall 2020.

Program Contact

Dr. Janet Painter

Professor of Education, Director of Engaged Scholars Program
Hickory Campus