Requirements for the Major in Middle School Education (4-8)

Students entering this program will receive a B.A. in Education with a concentration and certification in Middle School Education. Students who major in this area will also select a content area specialization in one or more of the following areas.

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • English/Language Arts
  • Social Studies

Students will follow a course of study that includes professional education coursework, that prepares them to teach children at the Middle School level (4-8). In addition, students will be required to take content area courses in their selected focused content area (i.e., mathematics).

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to teach grades 4-8 as well as be able to teach content specialized coursework in the Middle School in their focused area.


Credit Count (131 to 135, depending on content area):

  1. Professional Education Requirements (47 credits; Core in Middle School Education). Some major courses fulfill other Curriculum requirements
  2. Content specialization requirements (28-36 credits depending on content area selected)
  3. Additional Undergraduate Curriculum requirements 45-53 credits depending on content area focus)

Professional Education Requirements

(87 credits)

Certification in Middle School in either English, Mathematics, Science or Social Studies

The Professional Education requirements are based on Pennsylvania Code, Chapter 354 and 49 requirements.

Professional Core in the Middle School program totals 87 credit hours, including field experiences and student teaching. Twelve of these credits, and embedded content and experiences in other courses, address adaptations, accommodations, and cognitive development of diverse students in an inclusive setting (PDE Chapter 49 requirements). Three credits, and embedded content and experiences in other courses, address content requirements regarding the needs of English language learners (PDE PA Code, Chapter 49 requirements).

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