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Course Descriptions

Middle School Philosophy and Curriculum

EDUC 600

This course provides instruction in educational foundations for middle schools, which are essential to meeting young adolescent needs and improving their learning. The materials identify and expand upon central ideas in philosophy, historical background, curriculum, facilitation of learning, organizational structure and practices and assessment and planning.


The purpose of this course is to have the participant:

1. understand the implications of young adolescent development and a changing society upon middle level education.

2. develop a personal middle level teaching philosophy based upon implications from middle school research.

3. investigate middle school history and trends.

4. evaluate the potential for individual and school-wide improvements in school structure, operations and curriculum design, implementation and evaluation.

5. design strategies to make personal contributions which will most effectively enhance middle level education quality.


National Middle School Association (2003). This We Believe: Successful Schools for Young Adolescents. Westerville, OH: NMSA.

Powell, S. D. (2005). Introduction to Middle School. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

Books are available at the NDSU Bookstore, 701-231-7761.