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Middle Level Education (4-8) (Minor)

In accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), this professional preparation degree program enables teacher education candidates to meet professional core competencies within a Bachelors Middle Level Education degree program. This provides “generalist” methodology for teaching English, Math, general science, and Social Studies.

Degrees & Offerings
  • Minor
  • Bloomsburg
  • Lock Haven
  • Mansfield
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The Professional Core courses, competencies and experiences for the grade 4-8 teacher preparation program have been designed to address the broad set of issues, knowledge and competencies that are relevant to middle level teaching and learning. The program therefore prepares teachers who will be able to ensure students’ mastery of academic standards and the content assessment anchors. This program aligns with standards outlined by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE).

Upon completion of the minor, students will be equipped to pass the Praxis add-on exam for certification in 5th and 6th grade.

Students interested in the Middle Level Education Minor should consult their advisor for information on course requirements. More information will be added to this page when available.

Courses and Curriculum

Learning Outcome 1:
Middle Level education teacher candidates demonstrate basic pedagogical knowledge in all four content areas: English, Math, Social Studies, and general Science.

Learning Outcome 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.

Learning Outcome 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.

Learning Outcome 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.

Learning Outcome 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.

Learning Outcome 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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