Middle School Education Major

Towson University’s middle school education major offers a strong academic foundation combined with transformative field experiences.

Towson University has been a leader in teacher preparation for more than 150 years and its programs are recognized for their high quality and innovation. We are the first state university in Maryland to offer a middle school major, and we produce the largest number of such majors in the state.

The program is known for its engaged faculty, strong internship experiences and integrated, well-rounded program of study. Our most recent graduating cohort had a 100 percent job placement rate.

With the increasing secondary and middle school-age population and the impending retirement of many veteran teachers, the need for secondary and middle school teachers is greater than ever. Find out more about the advantages of studying secondary education at Towson University. 

As a middle school education major, you will choose two areas of academic content. Middle school certification programs are offered in these subject area combinations: English and math, English and science, English and social studies, math and science, math and social studies, and science and social studies.

Program Features

  • preparation as a facilitator of active learning in developmentally appropriate environments
  • supportive, engaged faculty with a broad range of expertise in topics critical to the field
  • field experience incorporating innovative, highly effective strategies for planning, instruction, assessment and technology integration
  • an academic advising program with supportive faculty that includes one-on-one strategic and progressive planning across all years at the university
  • supportive student cohort communities

The Center for Professional Practice connects students to internships. 

Admission to the Major

Students are admitted to the major after first being admitted to the university. Before being admitted to the middle school education major, students must first declare a “Pre-Middle School Education” major and complete the lower-level prerequisites and other requirements.

The requirements for admission to the major are as follows:

  • Completion of at least 45 college units
  • A cumulative/overall GPA of 3.00 or higher is required for admission to an initial licensure teacher education program
    • Applicants with a GPA between 2.50 - 2.99 may be admitted conditionally if they provide evidence of passing scores on a Basic Skills Assessment* as identified by the Maryland State Department of Education (i.e. SAT, ACT, GRE, Praxis Core) and receive approval from the department chairperson/program coordinator.
  • Test Scores. TU is test-optional through Fall 2023, meaning test scores are not required. If you submit test scores, your SAT and ACT scores must be sent from the testing agency to be considered official. We will not accept test scores reported on high school transcripts.

    Test ID for SAT: 5404
    Test ID for ACT: 1718

  • submission of a separate Application for Admission for the Major (PDF)

Degree Requirements

View degree requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.

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Program Advantages

Towson UTeach

Interested in teaching math or science? Towson UTeach enables you to complete both a Bachelor of Science degree and all course work for grades 7 - 12 teacher certification in Maryland in just four years. You’ll also begin teaching in local schools your very first semester.