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 in 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.
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Why Study Middle Level Education at Wilkes?
The U.S. Department of Education projects that there are teacher shortages in a variety of subjects throughout Pennsylvania. If you already have a bachelor’s degree and want to make the career pivot to become a teacher, our online program is designed to help you earn your master’s degree and excel in middle level education.
Making the shift to teaching can offer you a rewarding pathway where you can make a difference in your community while applying specialized knowledge. This 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 subject areas.
What Will You Learn as a Middle Level Education Student?
- You’ll take foundational courses in assessment, teaching skills, behavior management, special education, and curriculum development.
- You’ll build upon your foundation with courses in adolescent development, as well as cognition and learning to set you up for success in subsequent courses in subject matter pedagogy and assessment.
- You’ll develop lessons that address key academic standards, identify the learning needs and levels of young adolescent students, and apply best practices in content delivery, assessment, and communication with students, parents, fellow teachers, and other professionals.
- You’ll apply research-based strategies to promote social inclusion, achieve effective classroom management, and incorporate classroom practices that are most appropriate for middle level learners.