• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Teaching young people in middle schools is a challenging yet highly rewarding profession that allows you to specialize in a field and teach subjects you enjoy, while guiding students as they mature through young adolescence. The Middle Grades Education program offered by the University of North Carolina Wilmington will prepare you to teach students in North Carolina in grades 6-9.
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The goal of the Middle Grades Education program offered by the University of North Carolina Wilmington is to assist in providing an appropriate education for early adolescents in grades 6‐9 through the preparation of teachers who are well educated and professionally competent. The conceptual framework for the middle grades education program is one which is common to all teacher education programs at UNCW: Watson College of Education develops highly competent and effective professionals to serve in educational leadership roles.  

Upon completion of the undergraduate Middle Grades Education Program (EMG), the student should be able to:  

  • Demonstrate breadth of disciplinary and general knowledge.  
  • Demonstrate depth of knowledge in at least one area of study.  
  • Communicate effectively in conventional formal English, both orally and in writing, in appropriate situations.  
  • Adapt instruction to the developmental and learning needs of individuals, including exceptional children and children from non‐mainstream cultural backgrounds.  
  • Establish a classroom climate conducive to the learning, social, and emotional needs of young adolescents.
  • Choose appropriate objectives consistent with state and local curriculum guidelines, the learning needs of students, and guidelines established by learned societies.
  • Provide effective objective‐based instruction for a variety of types of learning in two subject areas of the middle grades curriculum.
  • Employ appropriate evaluation procedures and use evaluative information as a basis for revising and generating plans.
  • Implement appropriate technologies to facilitate learning.
  • Establish a pattern of reflective learning and inquiry leading towards confidence, professionalism, and effectiveness in the role of teacher.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Teacher, School and Society
  • Field Studies
  • Psychological Foundations of Teaching
  • Instructional Design and Evaluation
  • Instructional Technology
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Life Span Human Development
  • Professional Education
  • Middle School Program and Practices
  • Diverse Learners

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Completed online application.
    • Non-refundable $80 application fee (check or money order in U.S. dollars and drawn on a U.S. bank, payable to UNCW).
    • Essay & short answer
    • An official transcript, translated into English (translation must be certified), of grades from secondary school.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18508 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18508 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    4400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4400 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Wilmington

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Each year, the application opens on December 1 and closes on March 1.  You must be a newly admitted or current student to access the scholarship application.  Available scholarships include both merit-and need based awards, however the number of available awards varies from year to year.  

Entering freshmen who are selected to receive a scholarship award may view it on their financial aid award letter that is mailed in April and electronically in Seanet on their account.  Returning student recipients will be able to view their award in Seanet by July 1.

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