Wilkes University

Master's Degree in Middle Level Education

Master’s degree in Middle Level Education with initial Pa. grades 4 to 8 teaching certification

The online master’s degree in Middle Level Education is a 39-credit program designed for adults who wish to teach in Pennsylvania at the middle level - grades 4 to 8. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to apply for Pennsylvania teaching certification. Candidates will also earn an advanced degree to excel in teaching adolescent learners.

Enroll in this program to:

  • become a teacher
  • earn your master’s degree
  • excel in middle level education

Convenient online format

All courses are conducted in a convenient online format. Required field experiences and student teaching will be completed at a school close to your home.

Admissions requirements

The program is ideal for students with bachelor’s degrees in mathematics, the sciences, English or communications, or the social sciences. Wilkes will also consider students who hold a bachelor’s degree in other disciplines, but have at least 18 credits in one of these core areas.

Students must be accepted to the program to begin coursework.

In addition, applicants must submit:

  • Online application
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Two recommendation forms
  • Current and valid clearances, all indicating “no record”:
    • Act 34 State Police Criminal Record Check
    • Act 151 Child Abuse History Clearance,
    • Act 114 FBI Fingerprint Check
    • Act 24 of 2011 signed Certification

Download the program checklist for keep track of courses.

Program of Study
The program requires 39 credits plus observation and student teaching hours. All courses are three credits unless otherwise noted. Additional coursework may be required, per transcript review.

Required Courses (39 credits)

General Education Requirements (15 credits)
ED 520 Using Assessment to Guide Instruction
ESL 506 Teaching the Four Skills: Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking* (15 field hours)
EDSP 501 Special Education Methodology I* (20 field hours)
EDSP 503 Behavior Management* (20 field hours)
EDAM 5033 Developing Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum

Middle Level Professional Practice Requirements (15 credits)
EDML 5000 Foundations of the Education Professional* (30 field hours)
EDML 5001 Teaching Adolescent Learners at the Middle Level* (15 field hours
EDML 5007 Development of the Adolescent Learner at the Middle Level* (15 field hours)
EDML 5008 Student Teaching internship in Middle Level Education* – 6 credits (final semester; permission required)

Middle Level Core Knowledge Requirements (9 credits)
Select three courses not in your concentration area
EDML 5002 Mathematics in Middle Level Education
EDML 5003 Science in Middle Level Education
EDML 5004 Literacy & Language Arts in Middle Level Education
EDML 5005 Social Studies in Middle Level Education

*Observation and Student Teaching Requirements
Field experiences and student teaching are mandatory, hands-on learning components to teacher certification. These experiences take place in a school near your home. The program culminates in a full-time, semester long student teaching assignment.