May 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin

Middle Level Education Major, B.A.

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Total minimum number of credits required for a major in Middle Level Education leading to the B.A. Degree - varied by concentration

Mission of the Middle Level Education Program

The mission of the Middle Level Education Program is to develop competent, caring, and ethical educators with strong subject matter content preparation and authentic, clinical field experiences. This preparation will address the broad set of issues, knowledge, and competencies that are relevant to middle school teaching and learning in Science, Mathematics, English/Language Arts and Reading, and Social Studies. Equipped with this knowledge and these skills, the teaching candidates will enable their students in grades four through eight to achieve academic success.

Middle Level Education is a major leading to fourth through eighth grade (4-8) certification. Candidates will choose to complete one of the following middle level concentration areas:

  • English/Language Arts/Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Mathematics and Science

Middle level education majors take courses in methods of teaching, educational theory and practice, as well as content courses across all four concentrations. All middle level education students must fulfill all of the following requirements:

  1. complete all course work, field experiences, clearances, appropriate tests of basic skills, and student teaching;
  2. complete the following General Education Curriculum requirements, which include:

First Year Foundations

Oral Communications

Fulfilled by OPO courses in Education major;

English Composition and Literature

7 credits, completed within the first 48 credit hours as required by the PDE:


6 credits, completed within first 48 credit hours as required by the PDE

Computer Literacy

Foreign Language or Philosophy


6 credits in two different areas and at least one course that includes a laboratory component, refer to science requirement for each concentration area


Social Sciences

3 credits, refer to Social Science requirement for each concentration area

Visual and Performing Arts

3 credits in one of the following areas:

NOTE: Departmental Permission is Required to Register for All Courses with Field Experiences.

NOTE: Students Must Meet all the Requirements for and Be Admitted to the Teacher Education Program to Proceed to all 300-level Education Courses.

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