Middle School Education (4-8)

Director: Erica Davila, Ph.D.

Master’s Degrees and Teacher Certification

About the Middle School Education Master’s Degree Program

This program is designed for students to develop the unique pedagogical skills of a middle school teacher through a concurrent master’s degree and certification program. Students entering this program will receive certification in Middle School Education 4-8 in one of four areas of study: Mathematics, Science, English/Language Arts, or Social Studies.

The master’s degree is not required for certification, and certification requirements may vary based on academic experience. See Certification Requirements.

Master of Education Degree Requirements (M.Ed.)

(a minimum of 30 credits)
Middle School Education Concentration
Chosen with the adviser from the following:

1. Foundation Courses (6–9 credits)

  • ED 503 General Foundations of Education in the United States
  • One additional foundation chosen from ED 501–510

2. Concentration Courses (15–18 credits) chosen with the adviser from the following:

  • ED 512 Differentiated Instruction for Inclusive Classrooms
  • ED 514 Assessment in the Classroom
  • ED 517 Human Development: The School Years, K–12
  • ED 521 The Teacher and the Classroom, Elementary
  • ED 523 The Teacher and the Classroom, Secondary
  • ED 526A Learning and Assessment in Elementary/Middle Math
  • ED 552 Issues and Methods in Elementary/Middle Science
  • ED 562A Teaching Citizenship and Social Science, K-8
  • ED 580 Introduction to Inclusive Education
  • ED 605 Writing to Improve Literacy
  • ED 607 Strategic Instruction for Adolescent Readers and Writers

3. Electives (3–9 credits) chosen with the adviser

4. Culminating Activity: (3 credits)

  • ED 596 Curriculum Development Project

Certification

Pennsylvania Instructional Teacher Certification (variable credit depending on previous academic credentials)

Middle School Education (4-8) English 7–12


  • ED 503 General Foundations of Education in the United States
  • ED 512 Differentiated Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms
  • ED 517 Human Development: The School Years
  • ED 523 The Teacher and the Classroom, Secondary
  • ED 526A Learning and Assessment in Elementary/Middle Math
  • ED 552 Issues and Methods in Elementary/Middle Science
  • ED 562A Teaching Citizenship and Social Science, K-8
  • ED 565 Introduction to Instructional Technology
  • ED 580 Introduction to Inclusive Education
  • ED 585 Positive Behavior Approaches
  • ED 605 Writing to Improve Literacy
  • ED 606 Strategic Instruction for Emergent and Content Area Literacy
  • ED 622 ESL: Multilingual and Multicultural Literacies
  • ED 471 Graduate Student Teaching Practicum: Middle School 4-8 (6 credits; credits not applicable to: master’s degree or culminating activity) or ED 583B Fieldwork (for students holding a valid Pennsylvania Instructional I or II certificate) (3 credits; credits not applicable to master’s degree)

Please Note: Background courses in content may need to be completed in order to fulfill Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements.

Additional Certification Requirements


  1. Satisfactory completion of all coursework and GPA requirement specified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (3.0 GPA).
  2. Satisfactory completion of full-day fieldwork.
  3. Demonstration of proficiency in the skills of teaching through fieldwork.
  4. Satisfactory completion of University requirements as identified elsewhere in this catalog.
  5. Satisfactory completion of student teaching (“B” or better) in the area of certification and the PDE 430 performance-based assessment rating form. (Note that all practicum prerequisites must be met and the adviser’s approval received before enrolling in the student teaching.)
  6. Obtain qualifying scores on the PAPA Series qualifying tests and the appropriate PECT/PRAXIS required tests (Note: in order for students to receive an Instructional I certificate from the PA Dept. of Education they will need to obtain qualifying scores on all required PECT/PRAXIS tests. Students may retake tests if their scores do not meet the state required cutoff scores.
  7. Updated clearance documentation: PA Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse background check and FBI background check.
  8. Completion of Pennsylvania Instructional I certification forms (available in the College of Graduate Studies Office) required by the University and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
  9. Meeting of all the Pennsylvania State Standards for the Preparation of Teachers.

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