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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Middle Level Education

University Park, College of Education (MLVED_BS)

PROFESSOR Fran Arbaugh, in charge

The Middle Level Education major prepares graduates to teach all subjects in grades 4-6 and English, Mathematics, or Social Studies in grades 7-8. The Middle Level Education major supports candidates' understanding of subject-specific content as well as methods of teaching appropriate for early adolescents in grades 4-8. Upon graduation, students will have met all coursework and field experience requirements for the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) 4-8 English, 4-8 Mathematics, or 4-8 Social Studies Instructional I Certificate. In addition, they will have been prepared for the appropriate teacher certification exams as required by PDE for initial certification.

This program undergoes accrediation by the Council for Accrediation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) with a Specialized Professional Association (SPA) review conducted by the American Middle Level Association (AMLE).

Baccalaureate degree candidates must meet the following requirements before Entrance to Major:

1. Completion of at least 48 semester credit hours, including ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3), six credits of quantification, and three credits of natural science, as well as three credits of literature for Mathematics Education 4-8 Option, three credits of literature for Social Studies 4-8 Option, or six credits of literature for English Education 4-8 Option.
2. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00.
3. Satisfactory of any basic-skills or entrance testing requirements as specified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in force at the time of Entrance to Major.
4. A grade of "C" or better in all specified courses.
5. Completion of C I 295B.
6. Completion of a core of Education courses specified by the certificate program. 
7. Completion of additional credits as specified by the certification program. 
8. Approval form the professional education adviser or the head of the pertinent certification program.

Candidates must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00. If a student's cumulative GPA drops below 3.00, a warning letter will be sent to the student, their adviser and the program head. Generally, a student is given one semester to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher or they will not be permitted to continue in a Teacher (Educator) Preparation Program.

For the Bachelor of Science in Middle Level Education a minimum of 125 credits is required for the English 4-8 and Mathematics 4-8 Options and 130 credits is required for the Social Studies 4-8 Option. . 

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing Given Like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits 
(27 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST YEAR SEMINAR: 
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM: 
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 0-6 credit

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 107-113 credits [1]
(This includes 27 credits of General Education courses: English 4-8 Option – 6 credits of GH courses, 9 credits of GN courses, 6 credits of GQ courses, 6 credits of GS courses. Mathematics 4-8 Option -- 6 credits of GH courses, 9 credits of GN courses, 6 credits of GQ courses, 6 credits of GS courses. Social Studies 4-8 Option – 6 credits of GH courses, 9 credits of GN courses, 6 credits of GQ courses, 6 credits of GS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 76 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (64 credits) 
C I 280 GH(3), C I 295B(3), EDPSY 014(3), EDTHP 115 US(3), HD FS 239 GS(3), MATH 200 GQ(3) (Sem: 1-4) 
C I 405(3), C I 495B(3), C I 495D(12), C I 495F(3), LL ED 400(3), LL ED 401(3), LL ED 402(3), MTHED 420(3), SCIED 458(3), SPLED 400(4), SPLED 403A(3), SS ED 430W(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits) 
Select 3 credits in literature (GH) from: CMLIT 101 GH;US;IL(3), CMLIT 109 GH;US;IL(3), CMLIT 110 GH;US;IL(3), CMLIT 111 GH;IL(3), ENGL 135 GH;US(3), ENGL 139 GH;US(3), ENGL 194 GH;US;IL(3), ENGL 221 GH(3), ENGL 222 GH(3), ENGL 226 GH;US;IL(3), ENGL 231 GH(3), ENGL 232 GH(3), ENGL 245 GH;US(3), (Sem: 1-4)

Select 9 credits: 3 credits each (including one course with a lab) from biological science, earth science, and physical science (GN courses) (Sem: 1-6)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 30-37 credits

ENGLISH 4-8 OPTION: (31-32 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (7 credits) 
SOC 119 GS;US(4) (Sem: 1-4) 
LL ED 450(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6-7 credits)
Select 3-4 credits from: EDPSY 101 GQ(3); STAT 100 GQ(3); STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4)
Any MATH GQ course (3) (Sem: 1-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (18 credits)
Select 3 credits of British Literature from:
ENGL 221(3), ENGL 222(3), ENGL 440(3), ENGL 441(3), ENGL 442(3), ENGL 443(3), ENGL 444(3), ENGL 445(3), ENGL 446(3), ENGL 447(3), ENGL 448(3), ENGL 449 US;IL(3), ENGL 450(3), ENGL 451(3), ENGL 452(3), ENGL 453(3), ENGL 454(3), ENGL 455(3), ENGL 456(3), ENGL 457(3), or ENGL 458(3) (Sem: 1-6) 

Select 3 credits of American Literature from:
ENGL 231 GH(3), ENGL 232 GH(3), ENGL 432(3), ENGL 433(3), ENGL 434(3), ENGL 435(3), ENGL 436(3), ENGL 437(3), ENGL 438(3), or ENGL 439(3) (Sem: 1-6)

Select 3 credits of Comparative Literature from:
CMLIT 101 GH;US;IL(3), CMLIT 109 GH;US;IL(3), CMLIT 110 GH;US;IL(3), CMLIT 111 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 404 IL(3), CMLIT 422 IL(3), CMLIT 423 IL(3), ENGL 135 GH;US(3), ENGL 139 GH;US(3), ENGL 194 GH;US;IL(3), ENGL 226 GH;US;IL(3), ENGL 235 US(3), ENGL 245 GH;US(3), ENGL 431 US(3), ENGL 461 US(3), ENGL 462 US(3), ENGL 463 US(3), ENGL 466 US(3), ENGL 467 US(3), ENGL 468 US(3), or ENGL 469 US(3), (Sem: 1-6)

Select 3 credits of Writing from:
ENGL 212(3), ENGL 213(3), ENGL 215(3), ENGL 281(3), ENGL 412(3), ENGL 413(3), ENGL 414(3), or ENGL 415(3) (Sem: 1-6)

Select 6 credits of Media Literacy from:
CAS 211(3), CAS 213(3), CAS 215(3), CAS 250(3), CAS 271 US;IL(3), CAS 280W(3), CAS 375(3), CAS 422 US(3), CAS 480(3) COMM 100 GS(3), COMM 120(3), COMM 150 GA(3), COMM 180 GS(3), COMM 205 GS;US(3), COMM 250 GA(3), COMM 453 IL(3), or COMM 454(3) (Sem: 1-6)

MATHEMATICS 4-8 OPTION: (31 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (25 credits)
MATH 140(4), MATH 141(4), MATH 201 GQ(3), MATH 220 GQ(2) (Sem: 1-4)
MTHED 428(3), MTHED 429(3), MTHED 431(3), MTHED 433(3) (Sem: 5-7)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 3 credit humanities GH from: AF AM/WMNST 101 GH;US(3), AF AM/RL ST 145 GH;US;IL(3), AF AM/RL ST 146 GH;US(3), AF AM/HIST 210 GH;US(3), GEOG 122 GH;US(3), HIST 010 GH;IL(3), HIST 011 GH;IL(3), HIST 012 GH;US(3), HIST 021 GH;US(3), HIST 100 GH;IL(3), HIST 101 GH;IL(3), HIST 104 GH(3), HIST 107 GH;IL(3), HIST 115 GH;US(3), HIST 121 GH;IL(3), HIST 130 GH;US(3), HIST 144 GH;US;IL(3), HIST 152 GH;US;IL(3), HIST 153 GH;US(3),HIST 155 GH;US(3), HIST 156 US(3), HIST 158 US;IL(3), HIST 174 GH;IL(3), HIST 175 GH;IL(3), HIST 176 GH;IL(3), HIST 179 GH;IL(3), HIST 180 GH;IL(3), HIST 181 GH;IL(3), HIST 191 GH;IL(3), S T S/HIST 123 GH(3), WMNST/AF AM 102 GH;IL(3), WMNST/AM ST 104 GH;US(3), WMNST/HIST 117 GH;US;IL(3) (Sem: 1-4)

Select 3 credits social and behavioral sciences GS from: AF AM 100 GS;US(3), ECON 014 GS(3), ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 104 GS(3), EDTHP 200 GS(3), EDTHP 420(3), GEOG 030 GS;IL(3), GEOG 040 GS;IL(3), GEOG 123 GS;IL(3), GEOG 126 GS;US;IL(3), GEOG 130 GS(3), GEOG 160 GS(3), HIST 120 GS;IL(3), PL SC 003 GS;IL(3), PL SC 007 GS(3), PL SC 014 GS;IL(3), PL SC 017 GS(3), PL SC 110 GS;US(3), PL SC 123 GS;US;IL(3), PL SC 130 GS;US(3), PL SC 135 GS(3), S T S/PL SC 135 GS(3), SOC 119 GS;US(4) (Sem: 1-4)

SOCIAL STUDIES 4-8 OPTION: (36-37 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (15 credits) 
GEOG 010 GN(3), GEOG 020 GS;US;IL(3), HIST 020 GH;US(3), PL SC 001 GS(3) (Sem: 1-6) 
SS ED 412W(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6-7 credits) 
Select 3-4 credits from: 
EDPSY 101 GQ(3); STAT 100 GQ(3); STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4)
Any MATH GQ course (3) (Sem: 1-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 15 credits from social sciences with at least 6 credits taken at the 100-level or above, from the selections below.

Select at least 3 credits in Economics Policy from: ECON 014 GS(3), ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 104 GS(3), GEOG 124 GS;IL(3), GEOG 126 GS;US;IL(3), HIST 155 GH;US(3), HIST 156 US(3), PL SC 135 GS(3), WMNST 456(3) (Sem: 3-8)

Select at least 6 credits in Civics and Society from: AF AM/RL ST 145 GH;US;IL(3), AF AM/ENGL 235 US(3), AF AM/SOC 409 US(3), EDTHP 200 GS(3), EDTHP 297A(3), EDTHP/CI ED 401 IL(3), EDTHP 411 US(3), EDTHP/WMNST 412(3), EDTHP 420(3), EDTHP 427(3), GEOG 120 GS;US;IL(3), HIST 158 US;IL(3), PL SC 002(3), PL SC 003 GS;IL(3), PL SC 007 GS(3), PL SC 014 GS;IL(3), PL SC 017 GS(3), PL SC 110 GS;US(3), PL SC 123 GS;US;IL(3), PL SC 125(3), PL SC 130 GS;US(3), S T S/PL SC 135 GS(3), SOC 119 GS;US(4), WMNST/AM ST 104 GH;US(3), WMNST/AM ST 430 US(3), WMNST 466 US;IL(3) (Sem: 3-8)

Select at least 6 credits in Historical and Geographical Perspectives from: AF AM 100 GS;US(3), AF AM/WMNST 101 GS;US(3), AF AM/RL ST 146 GH;US(3), AF AM/HIST 210 GH;US(3), EDTHP 430(3), EDTHP 435(3), GEOG 030 GS;IL (3), GEOG 040 GS;IL(3), GEOG 110 GN(3), GEOG 115 GN(3), GEOG 122 GH;US(3), GEOG 160 GS(3), HIST 010 GH;IL(3), HIST 011 GH;IL(3), HIST 012 GH;US(3), HIST 021 GH;US(3), HIST 100 GH;IL(3), HIST 101 GH;IL(3), HIST 104 GH(3), HIST 107 GH;IL(3), HIST 115 GH;US(3), HIST 121 GH;IL(3), HIST 130 GH;US(3), HIST 144 GH;US;IL(3), HIST 152 GH;US;IL(3), HIST 153 GH;US(3), HIST 174 GH;IL(3), HIST 175 GH;IL(3), HIST 176 GH;IL(3), HIST 179 GH;IL(3), HIST 180 GH;IL(3), HIST 181 GH;IL(3), HIST 191 GH;IL(3), S T S 123 GH(3), WMNST/AF AM 102 GH;IL(3), WMNST/HIST 117 GH;US;IL(3), WMNST/GEOG 426Y US;IL(3) (Sem: 3-8)

 

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2016

Blue Sheet Item #: 45-01-055

Review Date: 8/23/2016

R & T: 01/14/2014

 

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