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Middle-Level (4–8) Education in English/Reading and Language Arts

The Middle-Level Education program provides the student with opportunities to acquire the skills, knowledge, and dispositions appropriate for teaching children in fourth through eighth grade.

Experiences are designed to develop students’ understanding of human development and the teacher-student learning process, as well as the acquisition of skills necessary for utilizing technology in the planning of effective instruction.

Attention is also given to the evaluation and preparation of curriculum materials during the field experience and student-teaching assignment.

Requirements for Middle-Level Education Program
(all courses 3 credits unless noted)

  • BIO 121 - Life Science and Health for Elementary Teachers (3.5 credits)
  • EDU 171 - Reading and Language Arts I
  • EDU 172 - Reading and Language Arts II
  • EDU 200 - Sophomore English Language Learner Field Experience (1 credit)
  • EDU 202 - Sophomore Field Experience (1 credit)
  • EDU 289 -  Movement for Children (1 credit)
  • EDU 302 - Junior Field Experience (1 credit)
  • EDU 304 - Foundations of Education
  • EDU 308 - Classroom Management Techniques
  • EDU 320 - Middle Level (4-8) Methods
  • EDU 330 - Junior SPE Field Experience (1 credit)
  • EDU 402 - Pre-Student Teaching (2 credits)
  • ELE 281 - Teaching Social Studies and Social Justice
  • ELE 381 - Curriculum Methods in Science & Health (Transfer Students Only) (0-3 credits)
  • ELE 386 - Teaching Methods for Elementary Science and Health I (1.5 credits)
  • ELE 387 - Teaching Methods for Elementary Science and Health II (1.5 credits)
  • ELE 471 - Reading and Language Arts III
  • ELE 481 - Math Discoveries
  • PHY 120 - Physical Sciences for Elementary Teachers (3.5 credits)
  • SEC 303 - Reading and Writing in Content Areas
  • SPE 110 - Introduction to Developmental Psychology and Learning Theory
  • SPE 302 - Assessment I
  • SPE 320 - Instructional Strategies for Learners with Diverse Needs
  • EDU 490 - Student Teaching (12 credits)

Related Field Requirements

  • BIO 171 - Biological Perspectives of Environmental Science
  • ENG 307 - Literature for Young Adults
  • English Electives (9 credits)
  • HIS 107 - Survey of United States History I
  • HIS 108 Survey of United States History II
  • Math 113 - Modern College Mathematics I
  • Math 114 - Modern College Mathematics II
  • Math 117 - Algebra and Trigonometry
  • POL 206 - Comparative Government

Total credits for major: 95


Special Requirements

  • Education majors are required to complete ELE 386 and PHY 120 concurrently, and ELE 387 and BIO 121 concurrently as their core requirements.
  • Education students should read the Field Experience Handbook to determine specific core requirements.
  • Education majors must meet Pennsylvania Department of Education testing requirements.

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