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AA TO BA I MIDDLE GRADES EDUCATION

Effective Date: 8/1/2013 - 8/1/2019

Completion of the following curriculum will satisfy the requirements for an Associate in Arts degree at KCTCS and related baccalaureate AA TO BA I MIDDLE GRADES EDUCATION degree at Northern Kentucky University. This pathway meets the general education, pre-major, and program requirements.

The suggested courses in this pathway leads to an Associate and Baccalaureate major. The course recommendations for the first two years are required for the Baccalaureate degree, but also apply to the associate degree. The completion of these courses will enable a student to move efficiently into the last two years of the baccalaureate program.

It is important to discuss revisions to the plan, graduation requirements, entrance requirements, and other important program requirements with your advisor. Students who complete the associate degree in this pathway are guaranteed acceptance into the pathway as stated, unless otherwise noted on the pathway.

Sample 1st & 2nd Year Progression


Semester 1Credit Hours
EDU 201 (3) 3
CIT 105 (3) 3
ENG 101 (3) 3
PSY 110 (3) 3
BIO 112 (3) 3
BIO 113 Lab (1) 1
Total Credit Hours16
Semester 2Credit Hours
EDP 202 (3) 3
ENG 102 (3) 3
HIS 108 (3) or HIS 109 (3) 3
ART 100 (3) or MUS 100 (3) or THA 101 (3) 3
SOC 101 (3) 3
Total Credit Hours15

Semester 3Credit Hours
GE/FL Course 3
GE/FL Course 3
EDP 203 (3) 3
EDU 204 (3) 3
COM 181 (3) 3
MAT 150 (3) 3
Total Credit Hours18
Semester 4Credit Hours
AH/SB/FL Course 3
AH/SB/FL Course 3
EDU 270 (3) 3
POL 101 (3) 3
GLY 101 (3) 3
GLY 111 Lab (1) 1
Total Credit Hours16

Pre-Transfer Notes

To be accepted into the program at NKU, a student must earn a minimum overall average GPA of 2.75; earn a minimum grade of "B" in the following courses: COM 18 and ENG 102 and a minimum grade of "C" in BIO 112/BIO 113, EDP 203, EDP 202, EDU 201, EDU 204. Additionally, Praxis I scores in reading (minimum 176), writing (minimum 174), and math (minimum 174), a successful FBI background report (less than one year old), 45 semester hours completed, an acceptable portfolio, and a completed application to the education program must be on file prior to being accepted into the program at NKU.


1. Student can test out of CIT 105. If so, an additional elective may be needed to meet the total credit graduation requirements at both institutions.
2. Special education is an additional area of certification available for middle grades students.
3. Upon completion of an associate degree at KCTCS, students will have completed 3 courses in the Social Studies Content Area, 1 course in the Mathematics Content Area, 1 course in the Science Content Area. The 4 additional content area options will increase the number of courses a student will complete prior to transferring to NKU and reduce the number of courses students need o take at NKU. Meeting with an advisor is extremely important to determine course options and to minimize hours required completing degree requirements for the baccalaureate degree. Additional hours may be required to complete content area tracks.

Additional KCTCS Graduation Requirements


1. Completion of minimum of 60 credit hours,
2. Minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA,
3. Minimum of 15 credit hours earned at the institution awarding the degree,
4. Cultural studies course, (Refer to the KCTCS catalog.)
5. Demonstration of computer/digital literacy, (Refer to the KCTCS catalog.)
6. One science course must include a laboratory experience, and
7. Two disciplines must be represented in Social & Behavioral Science courses and must be different than those in the Heritage and Humanities categories.

Sample 3rd & 4th Year Progression


Semester 5Credit Hours
EDU 104 (1) 1
EDU 294 (1-3) 1
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours14
Semester 6Credit Hours
EDU 343 (2) 2
EDU 344 (2) 2
EDS 323 (3) 3
EDU 391 (2) 2
EDU 345 (3) or EDU 346 (3) or EDU 347 (3) or EDU 348 (3) 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours15

Semester 7Credit Hours
EDU 304 (3) 3
EDU 318 (1) 1
EDU 394 (2) 2
EDU 345 (3) or EDU 346 (3) or EDU 347 (3) or EDU 348 (3) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours15
Semester 8Credit Hours
EDU 495 (12) 12
Total Credit Hours12

Program Notes

NKU Middle Grades Education requires students to complete two content area tracks; 1. English and communication, 2. social studies, 3. mathematics, and 4. science.




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