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Middle Level Education

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Mission

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 specialization areas:

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


Total minimum number of credits required for a major in Middle Level Education leading to the B.A. degree — 120.

Middle Level education students will complete the following Education courses: (All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted). NOTE: Departmental permission is required to register for all courses with field experiences.
  • ED 180 – Educational Psychology (formerly ED 200)
  • ED 190 – Effective Teaching with Field Experience (40 hours field experience).


Students must have:

  • a minimum GPA of 2.5,
  • Field Experience Placement Form completed,
  • current Act 34 (State Police), Act 151 (Child Abuse), and Act 114 (FBI; Federal Criminal History) clearances submitted to the Coordinator of Field Placements before established deadlines to enroll in ED 190.


Students must achieve a grade of 2.5 or higher in ED 190 to proceed to other Education courses.

  • ED 191 – Integrating Technology into the Classroom (formerly ED 215).


Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to enroll in ED 191 and have completed or be enrolled in ED 190.

Students must achieve a final grade of 2.5 and a cumulative GPA of 2.85 or higher to proceed to 200-level Education courses.

  • EDSP 210 – Teaching Students with Special Needs (formerly ED 210)
  • ED 220 – Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
  • EDSP 225 – Special Education Methodology I with Field Experience (30 hours of field experience; OPO course)


Students must take and pass PAPA tests in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics and have a 3.0 GPA prior to registering for 300-level Education courses and content methods courses.

  • ED 324 – Children and Adolescent Literature
  • ED 345 – Assessment in Education
  • ED 375 – Middle School Methods (40 hours of field experience; this course will be replaced by EDSP 302—Special Education Methods—for students completing the dual certification in Middle Level and Special Education, 4-8)
  • ED 380 – Content Area Literacy (this course will be replaced by EDSP 302—Special Education Methods—for students completing the dual certification in Middle Level and Special Education, 4-8)
  • EDSP 388 – Inclusionary Practices (taken in conjunction with ED 390)
  • Methods courses as relevant to specialization (40 hours of field experience):
    • English specialization – ENG 393
    • Science specialization – ED 371
    • Social Science specialization – ED 361
    • Mathematics specialization – MTH 303
    • Science specialization – ED 371
  • ED 390 – Student Teaching with Seminar (12 credits; OPO course)


NOTE:
Students must attend a preparation seminar and have departmental permission to register. Forty (40) hours of pre-student teaching field experience is incorporated during the first two weeks of the student teaching semester. Complete the following additional courses for each specialization area:

  • English/Language Arts/ Reading Concentration: Candidates will complete all afore-cited General Education, Education, and Methods requirements in addition to the following content courses:
  • ENG 201, 225, and three of the following English courses—ENG 233, 234, 281 (recommended), 282 (recommended), and ENG 324
  • MTH 101, 103, 104, and 150
  • HST 125
  • BIO 105, EES 105, CHM 105, and PHY 105


Mathematics Concentration: Candidates will complete all afore-cited General Education, Education, and Methods requirements in addition to the following content courses:

  • MTH 101, 103, 104, 111, 114, 150, 231, and 343
  • ENG 201 and 225
  • BIO 105, EES 105, CHM 105, PHY 105
  • HST 125


Science Concentration: Candidates will complete all afore-cited General Education, Education, and Methods requirements in addition to the following content courses:

  • BIO 121, 122, and 225
  • EES 211, 251, and 280
  • CHM 105
  • PHY 105
  • ENG 201 and 225
  • MTH 101, 103, 104, and MTH 150
  • HST 125
  • ANT 101 or EC 102 or PS 111 or SOC 101


Social Studies Concentration: Candidates will complete all afore-cited General Education, Education, and Methods requirements in addition to the following content courses:

  • HST 102, 125, 126, and 325 or 356 or other approved 300-level history course
  • EC 102
  • PS 111
  • PS 141 or 151
  • SOC 101 or ANT 101
  • ENG 201 and 225
  • MTH 101, 103, 104, and 150
  • BIO 105, EES 105, CHM 105, and PHY 105


Mathematics and Science Concentration: Candidates will complete all afore-cited General Education, Education, and Methods requirements in addition to the following content courses:

  • BIO 105, 121, 122; CHM 105; PHY 105; and EES 105, EES 211
  • MTH 103, 104, 111, 114, 150
  • ENG 201 and 225
  • HST 125
  • ANT 101 or EC 102 or PS 111 or SOC 101

 

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