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Middle School Pathway to Licensure

Middle School Pathway to Licensure Program Overview

This program is on hold until further notice.

Please check back in the late spring for a program update. Thank you!


he Middle School Pathway to Licensing Program offers four courses required for the middle grades endorsement. These courses are designed to teach well researched brain-based strategies and tools that will enable teachers and teams to provide learning environments that will grow students’ intellectual capacities, develop their leadership skills and voice, and differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all learners.

For more information about this program, please contact Susie Girardin at [email protected]

Course Sequence

The current course sequence is:

Nature and Needs of the Adolescent Learner (Fall 2016)
Responsive Middle Level Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (Spring 2017)
Middle Level Organization and Structures (Summer 2017, mid-June)
Adolescent Literacy and the Common Core (Summer 2017, mid-July)

Within the Middle School Program we also offer a Workshop Series – Teaching & Learning with Adolescents, a series of three workshops to provide leaders and educators more examples of how they can respond to the special needs of the adolescent learner given the current environment of standards-based learning, Common Core, etc.

Designing Learning Opportunities for Adolescents
Self –Directed Teaching and Learning
Common Core Literacy Standards Across All Content

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While books and pens might take a back seat to technology, reading and writing are more important than ever in an increasingly complicated and information-rich world. The ability to find, analyze, synthesize written information and translate it to a greater audience provides access to lifelong learning. This course is designed to teach well-researched skills, strategies, and tools that will enable teachers to provide a sound literacy program within their content areas across their teams, and in their schools.

There are many organizing structures that middle schools can develop to make learning more comprehensible, purposeful, and successful for the adolescents we teach. Strong structures and a school culture of high expectations in a democratic system of continual collaboration by all adults and students allow for productive self-directed teaching and learning. This course will allow teachers and administrators the information to guide decisions that will promote overall student and educator well being.

Middle school teaching is highly complex, involving content knowledge, knowledge of young adolescent development, and dozens of interconnected skills. Educators recognize the challenges of teaching children who arrive each year with unique strengths and needs, while continuing to maintain high expectations. This course is designed to teach the strategies and tools that will enable teachers to provide safe learning environments that nurture students’ intellectual capacities, develop their leadership skills and voice, and meet the needs of adolescents through differentiation.


Young adolescent learners respond better, score higher, and are most engaged in classes that reflect the transitional nature of their lives and the differences in their academic needs. This course will have 3 face to face meet days, as well as online content.  It will focus on:

  • Learning inquiry and brain-based curriculum and content
  • Creating differentiated instruction
  • Understanding the uses/differences between formative and summative assessment
  • Teaming through integration and interdisciplinary studies
  • Using Common Core standards to enhance student learning