Middle Level Education, B.S.

Program Code: MLVED_BS

Program Description

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).

What is Middle Level Education?

The Middle Level Education major is a Teacher Education program for all subjects in Grades 4-6 and English, Mathematics, or Social Studies in Grades 7-8. Our program is committed to responsive teaching that is challenging, empowering, equitable, and engaging, and designed especially for the promise and possibilities of young adolescent learners.

Students complete three field experiences in middle grades classrooms.  First, they join a classroom once a week for a semester as part of entering the major. Later, they have a semester-long field experience for part of each week, alongside their university courses. The major culminates in a full-time, semester-long student teaching experience. This major supports candidates' understanding of subject-specific content as well as methods of teaching appropriate for inclusive settings in grades 4-8. Upon graduation, teacher candidates will have met all coursework and field experience requirements for the Pennsylvania Department of Education Instructional I Certificate (All subjects 4-6) and Mathematics 7-8, Social Studies 7-8, or English Language Arts & Reading 7-8). In addition, the Praxis assessment is required for certification.

You Might Like This Program If...

You recognize and value the unique and tremendous opportunities for learner growth in the middle grades (4-8). Maybe you loved your experience in the middle grades—or maybe you despised it—and you want to bring your energy and experience to facilitating major, life-altering growth. If you share in or want to learn about middle level educators' commitments to collaboration, integration, democracy, and inclusivity, in meaningful academic learning environments, join us!

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

Entrance to Major

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

  1. Completion of at least 48 semester credit hours, including ENGL 15 or ENGL 30H, 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. A grade of "C" or better in all specified courses.
  4. Completion of CI 295B.
  5. Completion of a core of Education courses specified by the certificate program.
  6. Completion of additional credits as specified by the certification program.
  7. Approval form the professional education adviser or the head of the pertinent certification program.

Retention Requirements

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.

Degree Requirements

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:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 0-6
Requirements for the Major 107-113

27 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 6 credits of GH courses; 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GS courses. Six of these 27 credits may also satisfy the Integrative Studies requirement.

Requirements for the Major

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the major. To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn at least a C grade in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CI 280Introduction to Teaching English Language Learners Keystone/General Education Course3
CI 295BIntroductory Field Experience in Middle Level Education3
CI 405Reimagining Classroom Management3
CI 495BClinical Application of Instruction - Middle Level Education3
CI 495DPracticum in Student Teaching--Childhood and Early Adolescent Education12
CI 495FProfessional Development Practicum3
EDPSY 14Learning and Instruction Keystone/General Education Course3
EDTHP 115Education in American Society Keystone/General Education Course3
HDFS 239Adolescent Development Keystone/General Education Course3
LLED 400Teaching Literacy in Early Childhood 3
LLED 401Teaching Literacy in Elementary School3
LLED 402Teaching Children's Literature3
MATH 200Problem Solving in Mathematics Keystone/General Education Course3
MTHED 420Teaching Mathematics In The Elementary Schools3
SCIED 458Teaching Science in the Elementary School3
SPLED 400Inclusive Special Ed Foundations: Legal, Characteristics, Collaboration, Assessment, and Management4
SPLED 403AEvidence-Based Instruction for Elementary Students with Disabilities in Reading, Math, and Writin3
SSED 430WTeaching Social Studies in the Elementary Grades3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits in literature of the following:3
Race, Gender, and Identity in World Literature Keystone/General Education Course
Native American Myths, Legends, and Literatures Keystone/General Education Course
Jewish Literature: An International Perspective Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Literatures of India Keystone/General Education Course
Alternative Voices in American Literature Keystone/General Education Course
African American Literature Keystone/General Education Course
Women Writers Keystone/General Education Course
British Literature to 1798 Keystone/General Education Course
British Literature from 1798 Keystone/General Education Course
Latina and Latino Border Theories Keystone/General Education Course
American Literature to 1865 Keystone/General Education Course
American Literature from 1865 Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to LGBTQ Studies Keystone/General Education Course
Select 9 credits: 3 credits each (including one course with a lab) from biological science, earth science, and physical science (GN courses)9
Requirements for the Option 1
Requirements for the Option: Require a grade of C or better
Select an option30-37

Requirements for the Option

English 4-8 Option (31-32 credits)
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
LLED 450Content Area Reading3
SOC 119NRace, Ethnicity and Culture Keystone/General Education Course4
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3-4 credits of the following:3-4
Analysis and Interpretation of Statistical Data in Education Keystone/General Education Course
Statistical Concepts and Reasoning Keystone/General Education Course
Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Select any MATH GQ course3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
British Literature
Select one of the following:3
British Literature to 1798 Keystone/General Education Course
British Literature from 1798 Keystone/General Education Course
Studies in Shakespeare
Chaucer
Medieval English Literature
The English Renaissance
Shakespeare
ENGL 445
Milton
The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century
The English Novel to Jane Austen
The Romantics
ENGL 451
The Victorians
Victorian Novel
Modern British and Irish Drama
Topics in British Literature
British Fiction, 1900-1945
British Fiction Since 1945
Twentieth-Century Poetry
American Literature
Select one of the following:3
American Literature to 1865 Keystone/General Education Course
American Literature from 1865 Keystone/General Education Course
The American Novel to 1900
The American Novel: 1900-1945
Topics in American Literature
The American Short Story
American Fiction Since 1945
The Poet in America
American Drama
American Nonfiction Prose
Comparative Literature
Select one of the following:3
Race, Gender, and Identity in World Literature Keystone/General Education Course
Native American Myths, Legends, and Literatures Keystone/General Education Course
Jewish Literature: An International Perspective Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Literatures of India Keystone/General Education Course
Topics in Asian Literature
African Drama
African Novel
Alternative Voices in American Literature Keystone/General Education Course
African American Literature Keystone/General Education Course
Women Writers Keystone/General Education Course
Latina and Latino Border Theories Keystone/General Education Course
From Folk Shouts and Songs to Hip Hop Poetry
Introduction to LGBTQ Studies Keystone/General Education Course
Black American Writers
ENGL 461
Reading Black, Reading Feminist
African American Autobiography
African American Novel I
African American Novel II
African American Poetry
Slavery and the Literary Imagination
Writing
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Fiction Writing Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Poetry Writing Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to General Nonfiction Writing
Television Script Writing
Advanced Fiction Writing
Advanced Poetry Writing
Biographical Writing
Advanced Nonfiction Writing
Media Literacy
Select two of the following:6
Persuasive Speaking
Argumentation Keystone/General Education Course
Small Group Communication Keystone/General Education Course
Intercultural Communication Keystone/General Education Course
Storytelling and Speaking
Rhetoric and Public Controversy Keystone/General Education Course
Contemporary African American Communication
COMM 100
COMM 120
The Art of the Cinema Keystone/General Education Course
Survey of Electronic Media and Telecommunications Keystone/General Education Course
Gender, Diversity and the Media Keystone/General Education Course
Film History and Theory Keystone/General Education Course
Narrative Theory: Film and Literature
Documentary in Film and Television
Mathematics 4-8 Option (31 credits)
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
MATH 140Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course4
MATH 141Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Keystone/General Education Course4
MATH 201Problem Solving in Mathematics II Keystone/General Education Course3
MATH 220Matrices Keystone/General Education Course2
MTHED 428Fundamentals of Middle Grades Mathematics 13
MTHED 429Fundamentals of Middle Grades Mathematics 23
MTHED 431Data Analysis in Secondary School Mathematics3
MTHED 433Function Concept in Secondary School Mathematics3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Humanities (GH)
Select one of the following:3
AFAM/WMNST 101
African Diaspora Religions and Spiritualities Keystone/General Education Course
The Life and Thought of Martin Luther King, Jr. Keystone/General Education Course
Freedom's First Generation: African American Life and Work, from the Civil War to World War II Keystone/General Education Course
GEOG 122
World History to 1500 Keystone/General Education Course
World History since 1500 Keystone/General Education Course
History of Pennsylvania Keystone/General Education Course
American Civilization Since 1877 Keystone/General Education Course
Ancient Greece Keystone/General Education Course
The Roman Republic and Empire Keystone/General Education Course
Ancient Egypt Keystone/General Education Course
Medieval Europe Keystone/General Education Course
The American Jewish Experience Keystone/General Education Course
History of the Holocaust 1933-1945 Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to the Civil War Era, 1848 through 1877 Keystone/General Education Course
The World at War: 1939-1945 Keystone/General Education Course
African American History Keystone/General Education Course
Native American History Keystone/General Education Course
American Business History Keystone/General Education Course
History of the American Worker
History of American Immigration Keystone/General Education Course
East Asia to 1800 Keystone/General Education Course
East Asia since 1800 Keystone/General Education Course
Survey of Indian History Keystone/General Education Course
Latin-American History Since 1820 Keystone/General Education Course
Ancient Warfare Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to the Middle East Keystone/General Education Course
Early African History Keystone/General Education Course
STS/HIST 123
Women of the African Diaspora Keystone/General Education Course
Women and the American Experience Keystone/General Education Course
Women in United States History Keystone/General Education Course
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)
Select one of the following:3
AFAM 100
Principles of Economics Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Educational Reform and Public Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Education and Public Policy
Environment and Society in a Changing World Keystone/General Education Course
World Regional Geography Keystone/General Education Course
Geography of Developing World
Economic Geography Keystone/General Education Course
GEOG 130
Mapping Our Changing World Keystone/General Education Course
HIST 120
Comparing Politics around the Globe Keystone/General Education Course
Contemporary Political Ideologies Keystone/General Education Course
International Relations Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Political Theory Keystone/General Education Course
PLSC 110
PLSC 123
PLSC 130
PLSC 135
Race, Ethnicity and Culture Keystone/General Education Course
STS/PLSC 135
Social Studies 4-8 Option (36-37 credits)
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
GEOG 10Physical Geography: An Introduction3
GEOG 20Human Geography: An Introduction3
HIST 20American Civilization to 1877 Keystone/General Education Course3
PLSC 1American Politics: Principles, Processes and Powers Keystone/General Education Course3
SSED 412WTeaching Secondary Social Studies II3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3-4 credits of the following:3-4
Analysis and Interpretation of Statistical Data in Education Keystone/General Education Course
Statistical Concepts and Reasoning Keystone/General Education Course
Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Select any MATH GQ course3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas 1
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Economics Policy
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Economics Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Elements of Cultural Geography
Economic Geography Keystone/General Education Course
American Business History Keystone/General Education Course
History of the American Worker
PLSC 135
Gender, Occupations, and Professions
Civics and Society
Select at least 6 credits of the following:6
African Diaspora Religions and Spiritualities Keystone/General Education Course
From Folk Shouts and Songs to Hip Hop Poetry
Racial and Ethnic Inequality in America
Educational Reform and Public Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Special Topics
Introduction to Comparative Education
Ethnic Minorities and Schools in the United States
Education and the Status of Women
Education and Public Policy
Intelligence and Educational Policy
Urban Geography: A Global Perspective
History of American Immigration Keystone/General Education Course
PLSC 2
Comparing Politics around the Globe Keystone/General Education Course
Contemporary Political Ideologies Keystone/General Education Course
International Relations Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Political Theory Keystone/General Education Course
PLSC 110
PLSC 123
Pennsylvania Government and Politics
PLSC 130
Race, Ethnicity and Culture Keystone/General Education Course
STS/PLSC 135
Women and the American Experience Keystone/General Education Course
Women in American Society
Lesbian and Gay History
Historical and Geographical Perspectives
Select at least 6 credits of the following:6
AFAM 100
AFAM/WMNST 101
The Life and Thought of Martin Luther King, Jr. Keystone/General Education Course
Freedom's First Generation: African American Life and Work, from the Civil War to World War II Keystone/General Education Course
History of Education in the United States
Child Labor and Education in the Global Economy
Environment and Society in a Changing World Keystone/General Education Course
World Regional Geography Keystone/General Education Course
Climates of the World
Landforms of the World Keystone/General Education Course
GEOG 122
Mapping Our Changing World Keystone/General Education Course
World History to 1500 Keystone/General Education Course
World History since 1500 Keystone/General Education Course
History of Pennsylvania Keystone/General Education Course
American Civilization Since 1877 Keystone/General Education Course
Ancient Greece Keystone/General Education Course
The Roman Republic and Empire Keystone/General Education Course
Ancient Egypt Keystone/General Education Course
Medieval Europe Keystone/General Education Course
The American Jewish Experience Keystone/General Education Course
History of the Holocaust 1933-1945 Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to the Civil War Era, 1848 through 1877 Keystone/General Education Course
The World at War: 1939-1945 Keystone/General Education Course
African American History Keystone/General Education Course
Native American History Keystone/General Education Course
East Asia to 1800 Keystone/General Education Course
East Asia since 1800 Keystone/General Education Course
Survey of Indian History Keystone/General Education Course
Latin-American History Since 1820 Keystone/General Education Course
Ancient Warfare Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to the Middle East Keystone/General Education Course
Early African History Keystone/General Education Course
STS 123
Women of the African Diaspora Keystone/General Education Course
Women in United States History Keystone/General Education Course
WMNST/GEOG 426Y
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At least 6 credits must be taken at the 100-level or above.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required and Inter-Domain courses do not meet this requirement.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Breadth in the Knowledge Domains (Inter-Domain courses do not meet this requirement.)

  • Arts (GA): 3 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 3 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 3 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 3 credits

Integrative Studies

  • Inter-Domain Courses (Inter-Domain): 6 credits

Exploration

  • GN, may be completed with Inter-Domain courses: 3 credits
  • GA, GH, GN, GS, Inter-Domain courses. This may include 3 credits of World Language course work beyond the 12th credit level or the requirements for the student’s degree program, whichever is higher: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university's academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Kasey Packer, M.Ed.
Academic Adviser
College of Education Advising and Certification Center
228 Chambers Building
University Park, PA 16802
kjp5188@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2023-24 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contains suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

English Option: Middle Level Education, B.S. at University Park Campus and Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15 or 30H*#3CAS 100A*#†3
MATH 200*#†3Earth Science Selection*†53
Biological Science Selection*#†53Literature Selection*#†73
EDTHP 115*#†3EDPSY 14*#†3
EDUC 100*1Media Selection*†63
Arts Selection*†3 
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Physical Science Selection*†53CI 280*†3
Writing Selection*†63STAT 100, 200, or EDPSY 101*#†3-4
SOC 119N*†4CI 295B*#†3
American Literature Selection*†63HDFS 239*#†3
Comparative Literature Selection*†63Health and Physical Activity1.5
 Art Selection*†3
 16 16.5-17.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
LLED 400*†3ENGL 202A or 202B*† 3
LLED 401*†3LLED 450*†2 43
LLED 402*†3SPLED 403A*† 3
SPLED 400*†4Mathematics Selection*† 3
Media Selection*†63British Literature Selection*† 63
Health and Physical Activity1.5 
 17.5 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MTHED 420*†13CI 495D*†312
SCIED 458*†13CI 495F*†33
SSED 430W3 
CI 495B*† 3 
CI 405*†13 
 15 15
Total Credits 126-127
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Course requires a grade of C or better for the major

Course requires a grade of C or better for General Education

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Course is an Entrance to Major requirement

Course satisfies General Education and degree requirement

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy Cultural Diversity Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ), Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS) and Integrative Studies (Inter-domain) requirements. N or Q (Honors) is the suffix at the end of a course number used to help identify an Inter-domain course, but the inter-domain attribute is used to fill audit requirements. Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of 'C' or better.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

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4-8 only offered in the fall

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Only offered in the spring

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No additional coursework permitted during Student Teaching. Student teaching may be completed fall or spring semester.

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Must be 6 semester standing

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Selection list of acceptable courses for Biological, Earth, and Physical Sciences here.

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Selection list of acceptable courses for British Literature, American Literature, Comparative Literature, Writing, and Media Literacy here.

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Literature Selection list of acceptable courses available here.

Additional Notes:

  • Must complete at least 3 cr. of United States (US) and 3 cr. of International Cultures (IL).
  • ETM notes a course is required for entrance to major/certification program.
  • All students must complete one lab course as indicated on the Natural Sciences (GN) Course Selection List.
  • Summer study could reduce some of the credit loads above.
  • Effective Fall 2012, all incoming Schreyer Honors College freshmen at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry GWS designation and replace both ENGL 030 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits. At the discretion of the college, ENGL/CAS 138T satisfies the first-year seminar requirement.
  • Academic Advising Notes: The course series listed above is only one of many possible ways to move through this curriculum. Please be sure to also use the curriculum checksheets and degree audits, as well as consult with an adviser about appropriate scheduling sequences, clearances for field experiences and Testing requirements. Advisers also can assist students in identifying coursework offered at Penn State in the SUMMER.

Math Option: Middle Level Education, B.S. at University Park Campus and Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15 or 30H*#†3MATH 141*#†4
MATH 140*#†4EDPSY 14*#†3
EDTHP 115*#†3Literature Selection*#†73
EDUC 100*†1Earth Science Selection*†63
Social Studies Selection*†13Art Selection*†
Biological Science Selection*#†63 
 17 13
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HDFS 239*#†3MATH 201*#†3
MATH 200*#†3CAS 100A*†3
MATH 220*†2-3Art Selection3
CI 280*†3Social Studies Selection*†23
Physical Science Selection*†63CI 295B*#†31-3
 14-15 13-15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
LLED 400*†43MTHED 429*†3
LLED 401*†43ENGL 202A or 202B*†3
LLED 402*†43SPLED 403A*†3
MTHED 428*†3MTHED 431*†3
SPLED 400*†4Health and Physical Activity*†3
 16 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MTHED 420*†43CI 495D*†512
SCIED 458*†43CI 495F*†53
SSED 430W3 
CI 495B*†3 
MTHED 433*†3 
CI 405*†3 
 18 15
Total Credits 121-124
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Course requires a grade of C or better for the major

Course requires a grade of C or better for General Education

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Course is an Entrance to Major requirement

Course satisfies General Education and degree requirement

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy Cultural Diversity Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ), Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS) and Integrative Studies (Inter-domain) requirements. N or Q (Honors) is the suffix at the end of a course number used to help identify an Inter-domain course, but the inter-domain attribute is used to fill audit requirements. Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of 'C' or better.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

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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)

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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 119N GS;US(4) (Sem: 1-4)

3

Only offered in spring

4

Only offered in fall

5

No additional coursework permitted during Student Teaching. Student teaching may be completed fall or spring semester.

6

Selection list of acceptable courses for Biological, Earth, and Physical Sciences here.

7

Literature Selection list of acceptable courses available here.

Additional Notes:

  • Must complete at least 3 cr. of United States (US) and 3 cr. of International Cultures (IL).
  • ETM notes a course is required for entrance to major/certification program.
  • All students must complete one lab course as indicated on the Natural Sciences (GN) Course Selection List.
  • Summer study could reduce some of the credit loads above.
  • Effective Fall 2012, all incoming Schreyer Honors College freshmen at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry GWS designation and replace both ENGL 030 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits. At the discretion of the college, ENGL/CAS 138T satisfies the first-year seminar requirement.
  • Academic Advising Notes: The course series listed above is only one of many possible ways to move through this curriculum. Please be sure to also use the curriculum checksheets and degree audits, as well as consult with an adviser about appropriate scheduling sequences, clearances for field experiences and Testing requirements. Advisers also can assist students in identifying coursework offered at Penn State in the SUMMER.

Social Studies Option: Middle Level Education, B.S. at University Park Campus and Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15 or 30H*#†3GEOG 20*†3
MATH 200*#†3STAT 100, 200, or EDPSY 101*#†3-4
EDPSY 14*#†3HIST 20*#†3
EDTHP 115*#†3Literature Selection*#†23
EDUC 100*†1Physical Science Selection*#†13
Biological Science Selection*#†13 
 16 15-16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
GEOG 10*#†3CI 280*†3
Math Selection*†3HDFS 239*#†3
Civics and Society Selection*†33CI 295B*#†43
Art Selection3PLSC 1*#†3
History and Geographical Perspective Selection*†3Economics Policy Selection*†33
 Health and Physical Activity1.5
 15 16.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
LLED 400*†53ENGL 202A or 202B*†3
LLED 401*†53CAS 100A*†3
LLED 402*†53SSED 412W*†3
SPLED 400*†4SPLED 403A*†3
History and Geographical Perspective Selection*†33Civics and Society Selection*†33
 Health and Physical Activity*†1.5
 16 16.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MTHED 420*†53CI 495D*†612
SCIED 458*†53CI 495F*†63
SSED 430W3 
CI 495B*†3 
CI 405*†53 
 15 15
Total Credits 125-126
*

Course requires a grade of C or better for the major

Course requires a grade of C or better for General Education

#

Course is an Entrance to Major requirement

Course satisfies General Education and degree requirement

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy Cultural Diversity Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ), Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS) and Integrative Studies (Inter-domain) requirements. N or Q (Honors) is the suffix at the end of a course number used to help identify an Inter-domain course, but the inter-domain attribute is used to fill audit requirements. Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of 'C' or better.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

1

Selection list of acceptable courses for Biological, Earth, and Physical Sciences here.

2

Literature Selection list of acceptable courses available here.

3

Selection list of acceptable courses for Economics Policy, Civics and Society, and History and Geographical Perspective here.

4

Only offered in the spring.

5

4-8 only offered in the fall.

6

No additional coursework permitted during Student Teaching. Student teaching may be completed fall or spring semester.

Additional Notes:

  • Must complete at least 3 cr. of United States (US) and 3 cr. of International Cultures (IL).
  • ETM notes a course is required for entrance to major/certification program.
  • All students must complete one lab course as indicated on the Natural Sciences (GN) Course Selection List.
  • Summer study could reduce some of the credit loads above.
  • Effective Fall 2012, all incoming Schreyer Honors College freshmen at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry GWS designation and replace both ENGL 030 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits. At the discretion of the college, ENGL/CAS 138T satisfies the first-year seminar requirement.
  • Academic Advising Notes: The course series listed above is only one of many possible ways to move through this curriculum. Please be sure to also use the curriculum checksheets and degree audits, as well as consult with an adviser about appropriate scheduling sequences, clearances for field experiences and Testing requirements. Advisers also can assist students in identifying coursework offered at Penn State in the SUMMER.

*MATH 200 and any 3 credits of GQ are accepted for ETM.

Career Paths

Most graduates of our program go on to teach in grades 4-8, either in elementary school or middle school settings.  Depending upon their school or district, they may be generalists or teach in their area of specialization: mathematics, social studies, or English.

Careers

In addition to resources like the College’s Advising and Certification Center and Penn State Career Services, the University hosts large education career fairs in both the fall and spring semesters, which bring recruiters to campus from throughout Pennsylvania and the United States.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION PROGRAM

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Many graduates of our program pursue an M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction or in Special Education. Some graduates of our program pursue post-baccalaureate graduate studies while working as full-time educators.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Professional Resources

Accreditation

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

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ACCREDITATION OF THE MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION PROGRAM

Professional Licensure/Certification

Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.

This program is a path to a Pennsylvania Middle Grades Teaching Certificate in all subjects for grades 4-6 and for Mathematics (grades 7-8), Social Studies (grades 7-8) or English Language Arts and Reading (grades 7-8). Certification testing via the Praxis assessment is required. Teacher candidates  typically complete these assessments in their final academic year before graduation.

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
273B Chambers Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-1500
amy@psu.edu

https://ed.psu.edu/directory/dr-amy-voss-farris