Your major in Middle Grades Education will give you the knowledge and expertise to succeed as an educator of middle grade students and to help students achieve their dreams.

Middle Grades Education

Your major in Middle Grades Education will give you the knowledge and expertise to succeed as an educator of middle grade students.


Through the comprehensive curriculum in teacher education and liberal arts, you’ll develop key skills needed to be an effective teacher. You’ll study the unique learning needs of adolescents, and how they influence the middle school classroom. You’ll learn how to design and adapt a curriculum for a diverse group of learners and working with those who have special learning needs. You’ll learn how to effectively communicate with parents, colleagues, and community members to build strong partnerships.


You’ll also gain a strong background in liberal arts, solidifying your knowledge of language arts, social studies, science, and math.


Gardner-Webb University’s School of Education offers a learning environment that supports Christian values in the classroom. You will gain valuable professional preparation to succeed in your career and help your future students succeed in school. You will also benefit from spiritual support that prepares you for ethical, inspired leadership.


Our faculty members model a commitment to life-long learning and active curiosity and will give you the one-on-one mentoring to help you achieve your best.


Our partnerships with local schools and education-focused organizations expand your opportunities for learning, relationship building, and professional development and also serve an important role in fostering educational excellence in our community.


Gardner-Webb University’s teacher education program is approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and is accredited by the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


Student NC Association of Educators

This student organization helps you develop your professional abilities and provides you with important networking and leadership opportunities.



As a Middle Grades Education student at GWU, you will have the opportunity to gain a variety of hands-on experiences with fieldwork in the local school system. Your undergraduate education will culminate in a student teaching experience in a public middle school.



Upon completing a degree in Middle Grades Education, you will have fulfilled the requirements for a North Carolina Class A Teaching License. You will be fully prepared to teach grades 6-9 in North Carolina.



Our in-demand education graduates enjoy a very high placement rate! Our alumni are teaching in public and charter schools throughout North Carolina working in Cleveland County, Rutherford County, and more.



Dr. Kelly Taylor

Phone: (704) 406-2209