NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Middle School Philosophy and Curriculum

EDUC 600




Instructor: Jessica Magnuson

Grading: Letter

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - Sunday, December 13, 2015

Course completion December 18, 2015

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $250 + textbook

Course Description:

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.



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

            ISBN-13: 978-0137045747

0R 3rd Edition (2015) ISBN: 9780133752434 (recommended)   

Books can be ordered from Amazon.com.

About The Instructor

Jessica Magnuson

Jessica received her M.A. in Teaching with Technology from Valley City State University and her B.S. in Elementary Education from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, MN. Jessica has 10+ years teaching experience.

**Registration Instructions:

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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