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The MS in Middle Level Education
The MS in Middle Level Education (EDML) for the degree only is a 30-credit Master of Science program with concentrations in Middle Level Mathematics, Science, English/Language Arts, and Social Studies. The degree will better prepare practicing teachers with 7-9 or 7-12 certification to better meet the needs of adolescent learners in a particular content area.
Please note that the PDE is officially eliminating the 7-9 add-on certification option and is shifting to 4-8 certification for the middle level as explained below:
7-9 Testing Add On: As of August 31, 2013 educators may not add on a 7-9 content area to their certificates by testing. Educators wishing to teach middle school grades must either complete a 4-8 program or an accelerated 4-8 program and pass the corresponding test prior to obtaining certification.
For HQT purposes, 4-8 educators may take the subject area concentration 4-8 tests. Please note this will make the teacher highly qualified but not certified.
Current EDML students can opt to obtain the 7-9 certificate by taking the specific Praxis 7-9 content area test and by applying for add-on certification using TIMS prior to August 31, 2013.
Current and new EDML students who wish to earn the 4-8 certificate need to be aware that Wilkes will make every effort to transition students to meet new PDE requirements for that certification pending approval of that program by the PDE. The 4-8 option is NOT available at this time. The Wilkes Middle Level Master’s (EDML) Program will offer two 4-8 certification options after PDE approval is received:
an accelerated post-baccalaureate program leading to 4-8 certification for PA certified teachers;
a post-baccalaureate initial 4-8 certificate for degreed students seeking an initial certification at the MS level.
These new options will be a minimum of 36-credits for practicing or aspiring teachers who wish to earn an MS degree in Education and be recommended for the 4-8 certification. These options will include a required internship or student teaching experience. The programs will be offered in an online format.
Students will select one of two specializations at the time of application:
Applicants must select a concentration at the time of admission. Requirements for admission and the admission process are found under the related links for admissions. Applicants must follow the admission process as outlined. Online applications are preferred.
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