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ED 315 Middle School Methods: 3 semester hours

The middle school educational philosophy focuses on meeting the unique developmental needs of the early adolescent. This course will prepare the student to implement the middle school philosophy through the study of innovative curricula design and appropriate teaching methods and strategies. This course includes a middle school field experience. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). Prerequisite: ED 232 or permission of the instructor. Recommend PS 214, characteristics unique to the middle school student, prior to ED 315. (Every other winter term). Prerequisite: Cumulative grade point average of 2.70.


The Mount Mercy Education program prepares reflective teachers and leaders informed by scholarship, grounded in best practice, enriched by caring, and committed to responsive service in the “Mercy Tradition.” In order to achieve this mission, Mount Mercy provides for each prospective teacher a program of core curriculum, concentration in a major field of learning, varied field based experiences and a sequence of education courses leading to professional licensure by the State of Iowa. The curriculum for the Education majors, including endorsement areas, is under regulation and accreditation from the Department of Education in Iowa and is subject to change upon changes in regulation made by the State.