Students will examine the history, philosophy, and rationale behind the middle school movement while they engage in coursework that promotes the middle school approach to education. The assignments provide experiences for blending theory and practice, observations and research with reflection, and resources necessary to effectively prepare teacher candidates for a career in middle level education. The middle level performance-based standards focus directly on what middle level teachers should know and be able to do. This is an on-line course in which students will discuss with each other via a discussion link and turn in assignments through upload.