Middle Level Education

The elementary/middle level education certification program prepares you to teach in grades 4-8 (ages 9-13). We combine a strong foundation of teaching methodology with many diverse classroom experiences for innovative, research based, hands-on learning.

What You'll Study

Middle Level Education

In the middle level education program you will select a content specialty area such as language arts/English, mathematics, science, or social studies, or a combination of two content areas. This program prepares you to teach all content areas for grades 4-6 and to teach in your chosen content areas for grades 7-8. Your courses will focus on adolescent development, middle level curriculum, assessment, technology, professional roles, and more.

Content Area Specializations

While the program contains 31 credits of core education courses, you may choose to specialize in one, or a combination of the content area specializations listed. Topics covered include:

  • Biology: (Download Checksheet)
      • Science for the Elementary and Middle Level Learner
      • Marine Biology
  • Geology: (Download Checksheet)
      • Science for the Elementary and Middle Level Learner
      • Environmental Geology
  • Language Arts:  (Download Checksheet)
      • Language Arts Methods for Elementary and Middle Grades
      • Literature for Adolescent and Young Adults
  • Math: (Download Checksheet)
    • Math for the Elementary and Middle Level Learner
    • Number Theory
  • Social Studies: (Download Checksheet)
    • Social Studies Methods
    • American History

You may also combine the following content areas:

Special Education Dual Certification

Certification in special education prepares you to teach persons with intellectual and physical disabilities. This includes individuals diagnosed with learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, brain injuries, and emotional or behavior disorders. Any early childhood, middle level, or secondary education major can choose to take courses leading to special education certification. The dual certification program meets the Pennsylvania State guidelines for certification in both areas. Topics covered include:

  • Foundations of Special Education
  • Positive Behavior Support
  • Literacy Skills for Students with Disabilities

The Dual Certification is available in:

Special Education Minor

This minor is designed for education majors who want to gain additional knowledge and skills in teaching children with disabilities, but do not desire certification in Special Education. It can also be valuable to other human service majors such as Social Work, Recreation, and Psychology.

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Program Highlights

  • Professional  Semester: The Elementary/Middle Level Grades 4-8  program offers a block of classes that create the Professional Semester.  In this final semester prior to student teaching, teacher candidates will spend class time learning about methods for teaching math, science, social studies, and English/language arts, beyond the content area of certification.  In addition, candidates will spend more than 3 full weeks in the grades 4-8 classroom teaching children under the supervision of a faculty member and cooperating teacher.  This is experience is designed to build skills, knowledge, and dispositions that will be used during student teaching and ultimately land their first teaching job!
  • Student Teaching: Beginning in your freshman year you will participate in 80 hours of supervised observation and teaching in a variety of 4-8 classroom settings. These hands-on learning experiences are followed by a professional methods semester and a student teaching semester. Your two, seven-week student teaching experiences will take place in a grade 4-6 self-contained classroom, and a grade 7-8 specialty content classroom. Your assignments will usually be within a 50-60 mile radius of LHU campus. You are also encouraged to student teach abroad at any of our partner universities. 
  • Scholarships: From honorariums to full-tuition waivers, scholarships exist to reward your hard work and dedication to the major. Find more information here.
  • Careers: The current retirement rate of teachers of the “baby boomer” generation has created an extremely high demand for teachers at all levels. Graduates with a degree/certification in elementary/middle level education are prepared to teach all content areas in an elementary classroom and specialized content areas in grades 7-8. The faculty’s strong relationships with communities and schools, along with LHU’s historic reputation in teacher education, allows for easy placement of LHU teacher candidates. 

Want to Know More?

Department of PreK-Grade 8 and Professional Studies

Dr. Suzanne Swartz, Program Coordinator
205 Robinson Learning Center, Lock Haven University
(570) 484-2825

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