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Middle Level Education (4-8)

Teaching Middle School students requires teachers prepared to consider that there are more than two sides to an equation. There’s a human quotient. Commonwealth University teaches you to factor that into every lesson. And it works.

Degrees & Offerings
  • B.S.Ed.
Location
  • Bloomsburg
  • Lock Haven
  • Mansfield
Department
College
Program Contact
Chair of the Department of K-12, Middle Level Education, Secondary Education, and Health and Physical Education / Professor
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Become the teacher who inspires your middle school students to greater heights. You'll pair a strong foundation of knowledge with quality field experiences. From this combination, you will leave with an understanding of effective classroom teaching and how to put ideas and research into practice. You’ll learn how to adapt to an ever-changing classroom environment so you can make a difference in the educational, social, emotional, and behavioral well-being of students.  

Middle-Level Education offers you the chance to blossom as a collaborative educator, so you become the kind of teacher that has an impactful role in the life of a developing youth through mentoring, advocating, and fostering learning. As the youth learner develops, the teacher continues to be a big influence in the classroom as a role model and support mechanism.

Course Delivery Format

  Bloomsburg

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Lock Haven

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Mansfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Clearfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

Courses and Curriculum

Degree Requirements Degree Works

Note: Degree requirements effective for enrolled students beginning Fall 2023. All enrolled students, including matriculating students prior to Fall 2023, can review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion with our degree audit and advisement tool, Degree Works.

Degree Requirements Degree Works

Note: Degree requirements effective for enrolled students beginning Fall 2023. All enrolled students, including matriculating students prior to Fall 2023, can review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion with our degree audit and advisement tool, Degree Works.

Degree Requirements Degree Works

Note: Degree requirements effective for enrolled students beginning Fall 2023. All enrolled students, including matriculating students prior to Fall 2023, can review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion with our degree audit and advisement tool, Degree Works.

Degree Requirements Degree Works

Note: Degree requirements effective for enrolled students beginning Fall 2023. All enrolled students, including matriculating students prior to Fall 2023, can review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion with our degree audit and advisement tool, Degree Works.

In CU’s teacher education programs, you will student teach at two different sites. You will likely have a choice of urban, rural, or suburban schools. You are also encouraged to student teach abroad at any of our partner universities.

Middle Level Education: All Concentrations

  1. Middle Level education teacher candidates demonstrate basic pedagogical knowledge in all four content areas: English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and general Science. (varies concentration-to-concentration)
  2. Middle Level education teacher candidates understand the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to adolescent development and provide opportunities that support student development and learning.
  3. Middle Level education teacher candidates understand and use the central concepts, tools of inquiry, standards, research and structures of content to plan and implement curriculum that develops student competence in subject matter.
  4. Middle Level education teacher candidates understand and use the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to data-driven instruction and assessment, and they employ a variety of strategies for a developmentally appropriate climate to meet the varying abilities and learning styles of learners.
  5. Middle Level education teacher candidates will demonstrate understanding the complexities of teaching in grades 4-8, and engage in professional development to continually improve their practices and behaviors. 
  6. Middle Level education teacher candidates will apply culturally relevant practices to embrace diversity, provide opportunities for student equity, and practice inclusivity.  

Middle Level Education Minor

  1. Middle Level education teacher candidates demonstrate basic pedagogical knowledge in all four content areas: English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and general Science.
  2. Middle Level education teacher candidates understand the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to adolescent development and provide opportunities that support student development and learning.
  3. Middle Level education teacher candidates understand and use the central concepts, tools of inquiry, standards, research and structures of content to plan and implement curriculum that develops student competence in subject matter.
  4. Middle Level education teacher candidates understand and use the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to data-driven instruction and assessment, and they employ a variety of strategies for a developmentally appropriate climate to meet the varying abilities and learning styles of learners.
  5. Middle Level education teacher candidates will demonstrate understanding the complexities of teaching in grades 4-8, and engage in professional development to continually improve their practices and behaviors.
  6. Middle Level education teacher candidates will apply culturally relevant practices to embrace diversity, provide opportunities for student equity, and practice inclusivity. 
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Commonwealth U Because

Careers

The current retirement rate of “baby boom” generation teachers is creating a high demand for teachers at all levels. As a graduate of one of CU’s education programs, you will be prepared to teach in your chosen area. Demand is high for teachers in all areas, particularly in rural and inner-city districts.

Facilities

Faculty deliver courses in technology-enhanced classrooms with vast multimedia capabilities.  Students can access open computer labs and campus wireless networks when using personally-owned devices.  Students can request technology resources from Stevenson Library, and Media Services.

Scholarships

From honorariums to full-tuition waivers, scholarships exist to reward your hard work and dedication to the major.

The Commonwealth U DIFFERENCE

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CAEP accreditation ensures we prepare new teachers to know their subjects, their students, and have the clinical training that allows them to enter the classroom ready to teach effectively.
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Employment Rates
Additionally, our education majors can substitute teach in local school districts after completing 60 credits while pursuing their undergraduate degree.
College of Distinction
College of Distinction
CU-Bloomsburg has earned national recognition as a College of Distinction for its education programs, honored for its quality and high-impact teacher preparation.

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Brett Everhart

  • Chair of the Department of K-12, Middle Level Education, Secondary Education, and Health and Physical Education / Professor
  • Lock Haven
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Priya Poehne

  • Professor, PreK-Grade 8 and Professional Studies
  • Lock Haven

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