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Middle School Philosophy and Curriculum

EDUC 2000

This course provides educational foundations for middle schools, essential to meeting young adolescent needs and improving their learning. Identifies and expands central ideas in philosophy, historical background, curriculum, facilitating learning, organizational structures and practices, assessment, and planning.


  1. Describe the influence of adolescent development and societal trends on middle level education.
  2. Investigate and evaluate the historical roots and trends and current issues in middle level education on both a national and local scale.
  3. Articulate a sound personal educational philosophy which meets the developmental needs of young adolescents in a changing society.
  4. Explain the major elements—both design and rationale—of the middle school concept and how these elements are introduced, established, and supported in the middle school.
  5. Explore curriculum-related concepts including integrated, thematic units; curriculum mapping; and teaming.

"Although I took this course to get a better understanding of how the middle level works, this course stretched me to delve deeper into understanding how I can better educate and support middle-level students. Mrs. Magnuson is an excellent instructor!!"

"I will use a lot of things I gained from this course."

"It was helpful to have all the assignments explained clearly with rubrics."

"Challenging & worthwhile course. Information on the middle level student and assignments were relevant."

"Loved the feedback from the instructor!"



1. This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescent

            Author: National Middle School Association

            Publisher: AMLE 2010*

            ISBN: 978-1-56090-232-4    

2. Introduction to Middle School

Author: Sara Davis Powell

Publisher: Allyn and Bacon, 2010 - 3rd Edition, (2015)

ISBN: 9780133752434   

Books can be ordered from Amazon.com.