BA Middle Grades Education - English

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

Why choose Middle Grades Education - English at Saint Leo?

Learn about effective strategies and 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 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 Florida State-certified grade 5-12 English teacher.

Wherever you are in life’s journey, Saint Leo will meet you there—and help you take the next steps in your career. Education Center courses are designed with flexibility for the working professional, and with the same academic rigor as our University Campus classes.

Some amazing classes you can take

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

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.
  • 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.
  • National reputation: In 2011, Saint Leo's Education department was named a national finalist for the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award, presented by the Association of Teacher Educators. And, according to a recent survey, between 92-98% of school principals who've had a Saint Leo grad and first-year teacher at their school report that they'd provide a positive recommendation for hiring.

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

Graduates are qualified to obtain teaching certification for grades 5-12. Possible job routes include:

  • English Teacher
  • Reading Coach
  • ESOL Specialist
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Principal

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.

Admissions Information

You may declare the education major when you begin coursework at Saint Leo University. However, to be formally admitted to the program, you must complete an application once you fulfill general education requirements.