Jan 22, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Secondary Education - Middle School Generalist 5-9 (B.S.Ed.)

Program: B.S.Ed.
School of Education  
College of Professional Studies

Neff Hall 250 ~ 260-481-4146

The B.S.Ed. in secondary education-middle school generalist (grades 5-9) is intended to prepare students for successful careers as teachers of children in middle school/junior high. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, and the other requirements listed under Teacher Licensure in the Special Academic Regulations, you are eligible to apply for an Indiana teaching license. 

To earn the B.S.Ed. in secondary education-middle school generalist (grades 5-9), you must satisfy the requirements of Purdue University Fort Wayne (Regulations ) and the College of Professional Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of a major in Secondary Education-Middle School Generalist students will:

  • Become more caring, humane and functional citizens in a global, multicultural, democratic society 
  • Improve the human condition by creating positive learning environments
  • Become change agents by demonstrating reflective professional practice
  • Solve client problems through clear, creative analyses
  • Assess client performance, creating and executing effective teaching, counseling, and educational leadership by utilizing a variety of methodologies reflecting current related research
  • Utilize interdisciplinary scholarship, demonstrating technology and critical literacies, and effectively communicating with all stakeholders.


  • The Secondary Education Middle School Generalist program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (currently seeking reaccreditation via the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation [CAEP]) and nationally recognized as a high-quality program through the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE).  Because of these statuses, students who meet specified requirements are eligible for a middle school teaching license in one or more content areas in the state of Indiana.  Indiana holds reciprocal licensing agreements with other states.

Program Delivery:

  • This program is available on campus

Declaring This Major:

General Education Requirements Credits: 33

General Education Requirements    

Some of the following General Education courses may be included in your major.  See your Education advisor.

Category A: Foundational Intellectual Skills

Category B: Interdisciplinary or Creative Ways of Knowing

4. Scientific Ways of Knowing

  • Cr. 3.
  • Refer to Approved List (not BIOL)  Cr. 3.
  • Lab with one science course  Cr. 0-1. (See below)
  • BIOL 10001, 10800, 10900, 11700, 11900, 20300
  • CHM 11100, 11500, 12000
  • EAPS 10002, 10300, 10401
  • PHYS 11501, 13101, 15200, 21800 22000

5. Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing

6. Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing

  • HIST (Refer to Approved List)  Cr. 3.
  • Refer to Approved List (not HIST) (Literature Recommended)  Cr. 3.

7. Interdisciplinary or Creative Ways of Knowing

(at least 3 credits and all outcomes in approved courses)

Category C: Capstone

8. Capstone Experience

(at least 3 credits and all outcomes in approved courses)

Education Requirements Credits: 36

Pre-Professional Education (6 cr)

  • Pearson Basic Skills Assessment or Alternative Measure (see your advisor for approved alternatives)

Block 1: Professional Education (9 cr)

P: Pre-Professional Education
P: 15 crs in primary concentration
P: 12 crs in supporting concentration

Block 2: Professional Education (9 cr)

P: Block 1
P: 21 credits in primary concentration
P: 18 credits in supporting concentration

Student Teaching (12 cr)

P: Block 2
P: 27 credits in primary concentration
P: 21 credits in supporting concentration

Electives Variable Credits (to bring total credits to 120) Suggested in certification areas or to add additional area

Middle School Generalist Content Concentrations: 54 Credits

In addition to the above courses, you must complete 54 credit hours in two of four concentrations: one Primary (30 credits) and one Supporting (24 credits).

Language Arts (24 or 30 credits)

One of the following: Credits: 3

Primary Electives: 6 credits

Primary language arts electives: 6 credits (Not COM 11400 or ENGL13100)

Mathematics (24 or 30 credits)

  • Computer science elective Credits: 3
  • Mathematics, computer science, or statistics elective Credits: 2–3

Primary math or statistics electives: 6 credits

Primary math or statistics electives: 6 credits

Primary Electives: Credits: 6

Primary Electives: 6 credits

Primary social studies electives: 6 credits

Total Credits: 120

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair of dean.