Middle School Certification

Work with kids entering adolescence, a time of deep learning and growth intellectually, physically and emotionally. If you are drawn to the world of young adolescents, if you thrive on the energy of kids maturing into young adulthood, if you seek out collaborative environments in which teaching and learning involves not only classroom teaching, but also extends to helping children in the pivotal 11-14 age group make a successful transition to high school, then middle school teaching may be your calling!

Middle School is also a field in which teaching jobs are projected to grow over the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In Pennsylvania, salaries for middle school teachers in Pennsylvania are above the national median, making certification to teach in the middle grades in Pennsylvania an attractive career option for students. More important, now more than ever, middle schoolers need passionate, vibrant teachers who are excited by innovative curricular ideas and new ways of designing learning environments for young adolescents. 

In recognition of the many opportunities connected to middle grade education, Arcadia University’s School of Education has received the approval of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to offer a post-baccalaureate (graduate level) middle school certification program.

Middle School Certification Program

  • Helps students develop knowledge about the social, cultural, emotional, physical and intellectual development of adolescents
  • Enables students to design meaningful, imaginative, rigorous and developmentally appropriate lessons and unit plans for middle schoolers
  • Helps students develop a deep and broad content knowledge of the subject that is the focus of their certification (English, Social Studies, Math or General Science)
  • Provides students with important experience in teaching methods in all four of these disciplines
  • Offers deep and consistent fieldwork and student teaching practice in middle schools

This program has extensive requirements that are streamlined to enable students to complete the degree in two years, including a semester of student teaching (required by the PDE). Fieldwork is a hallmark of all Arcadia School of Education programs—such work gives students unique and crucial hands-on experience in real-world classrooms mentored by practicing teachers who guide and help our students become stronger teachers and committed teaching and learning professionals. Our School has extensive partnerships with a number of Philadelphia area public schools. Such partnerships give our students options for fieldwork and student teaching that becomes a meaningful part of every course taken within the graduate middle school program.


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