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Have fun teaching middle school students, while you reach them at an important phase of learning and development. 

We take a unique approach to teacher education. In the UK Middle Level Education program, college classes are embedded in local middle schools. You will be working in actual classrooms from the start. 


Our program prepares you to teach at the middle level, grades 5-9.  You'll be able to choose two content areas: English, math, social studies, or science.


Why Choose UK Middle Level Education?   

  • Our graduates are highly qualified and recruited by schools. 
  • Gain the advantage of joining the EdLife Scholars Living Learning residential program. 
  • We partner with top teachers to offer student teaching experiences. 
  • Learn and grow through travel with student teaching abroad
  • Experience a diverse community with many opportunities to get involved. 

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Middle Level Education
“I chose to attend the University of Kentucky because of the strong reputation that the College of Education had among the surrounding counties, and with principals within the area.”


2015, Middle Level Education Graduate

Admissions and Certification

You should complete an undergraduate admissions application and declare interest in Middle Level Education. Be sure to keep your grades on track. After completing 45 credit hours, you will need a minimum 2.75 college GPA to apply to the Teacher Education Program. 


You will be eligible to apply for certification in Kentucky upon graduation. 


Interested in teaching outside of Kentucky? See our list of teacher certifications by state

Graduation Requirements

To receive the B.A. degree in Middle Level Education, students must: (1) complete the UK Core Requirements; (2) complete the program related studies; and (3) complete the professional education component.

Curriculum Information 


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Middle School Teachers

Middle school teachers educate students, typically in sixth through eighth grades.

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Median Salary


per year in 2018

Number of Jobs


in 2018

10 Year Job Outlook


new jobs (average)

Work Environment

Middle school teachers work in public and private schools. They generally work during school hours when students are present and use nights and weekends to prepare lessons and grade papers. Most do not work during the summer.

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State Authorization & Licensure

If you plan to complete a University of Kentucky online program while living outside of Kentucky, you should check the Out-of-State Students page to determine if the University of Kentucky is authorized to provide this program in your state of residence. If you plan to use the degree to seek licensure, you should also determine if the degree meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.


Tuition and Fees

For information regarding current program cost please refer to the UK Tuition and Fees page.

Refund Policies

You can find tuition refund policies, deadlines, amounts, and other important information on the UK Student Account Services website.