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Middle Grades Education

Shimada Resource Center

College of Education

150 Ritter Annex

1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19122

215-204-8011 (phone)

215-204-4383 (fax)

 

The Bachelor of Science in Education in Middle Grades Education prepares undergraduate students for middle level teaching (fourth to eighth grades). Middle grades teachers, particularly in math and science education, are increasingly sought out and in high-demand in Pennsylvania as well as across the country.

The College of Education program in Middle Grades Education is designed to ensure not only that there are certified teachers to fill the growing vacancies, but that our students graduate highly knowledgeable about learning and teaching as well as committed to pre/adolescent learners from diverse ethnic, economic and geographic backgrounds. To that end, our program focuses on building deep content-specific pedagogical knowledge aligned to the breadth of academic standards and the wide-ranging developmental needs of middle grades students. To develop a strong link between learning theories and actual pedagogical practice, we also require that our students engage in early, often and strategic field/clinical education experiences in middle grades settings.

Our newly designed program stands out as cutting-edge because we prepare undergraduate students to teach in both the upper elementary and middle grades classrooms. In addition to becoming certified to teach all elementary subjects in 4-6th, all Middle Grades Education students will pursue dual certification for 7-8th grades in one of the following concentrations:

  • Math and Science
  • Math and Language Arts/English
  • Science and Language Arts/English

The total number of credit hours for the program is 126 credits for the Mathematics and Language Arts concentration, 126 for the Science and Language Arts concentration; and 127 credits for the Mathematics and Science concentration.


Bachelor of Science in Education Requirements

University Requirements

All new students are required to complete the university's General Education (GenEd) curriculum. 

All students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive (WI) courses at Temple University. Writing intensive course numbers end in 96, 97 and 98.

 

College Requirements

Students receive a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a recommendation for Pennsylvania teacher certification upon the successful completion of their program requirements with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or must meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality GPA Qualifying Praxis Score.

The required total credit hours may vary depending on the course of study. These credit hours are satisfied by taking courses in four categories:

  1. University General Education requirements (General Education)
  2. Education courses
  3. Teacher Education Certification Courses (i.e. methods and student teaching)
  4. elective courses as permitted by your program of study

 

All students seeking to graduate with the recommendation for Instructional I Certification from Pennsylvania must also meet the requirements for candidacy.

 

Suggested Semester-by-Semester Plans

 

Mathematics and Language Arts Concentration:

To best prepare students in this major for the Praxis II exams, we strongly encourage taking the suggested GenEds listed.

 

Freshman Year - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
Biology 1011 General Biology I (includes a lab) ** 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society (suggested: Anthropology/Geography
& Urban Studies/Sociology 0867: World Regions & Cultures:
Diversity & Interconnections
)
3 GG
Mathematics 1022 Precalculus 4  
Subtotal     15  
 
Freshman Year - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Mathematics 1041 Calculus I *** 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity
(suggested: African American Studies/Anthropology/
Geography & Urban Studies/History/Political Science/
Sociology 0829: The History & Significance of Race in America,
or Sociology 0926: Honors: The History & Significance of Race
in America
)
3 GD
Communication Sciences
& Disorders
1108 Introduction to Linguistics 3  
Physics 1021 Introduction to General Physics I ** 4  
Subtotal     17  
 
Sophomore Year - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Intellectual Heritage 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
Mathematics 1042 Calculus II 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society (suggested: American Studies/Anthropology/
Geography & Urban Studies/History/Sociology 0848:
American Revolutions)
3 GU
English 2831 Literacy and Society 3  
Education 2103 Socio-cultural Foundations of Education in the United States
(field experience)
3  
Subtotal     16  
 
Sophomore Year - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Biology
   or  
Physics
1012
  or
1022
General Biology II (includes a lab)
     or
Introduction to General Physics II
4  
Mathematics 1015 Introduction to Numbers & Figures 4  
Education 2109 Adolescent Development for Educators (field experience)*  3  
Special Education 2231 Introduction to Inclusive Education (field experience) * 3  
Select one of the following English courses:   3  
English 1121
1141
2004
2511
2512
Introduction to Fiction
Introduction to Literature
Creative Writing: Fiction
Modern Poetry
Modern Novel
   
Subtotal     17  
 
Junior Year - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
History 1101
  or
1102
U.S. History to 1877
     or
U.S. History since 1877
3  
Mathematics 1013
  or
2031
Elements of Statistics
     or
Probability & Statistics
3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts (Suggested: English 0826 or 0926: Creative Acts) 4 GA
Middle Grades Education 3109 Cognitive Development in the Content Areas
(field experience) FALL ONLY
3  
Middle Grades Education 3111 Applications of Learning Theory to Middle Grades Education
(field experience)    FALL ONLY
3  
Subtotal     16  
 
Junior Year - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 2301
  or
2302
  or
2402
Survey of American Literature I
     or
Survey of American Literature II
     or
African American Literature II
3  
Mathematics 2021
  or
3003
Functions and Modeling
     or
Theory of Numbers
3  
Middle Grades Education 3145 Teaching and Learning Mathematics in the Middle Grades
(field experience)  SPRING ONLY
3  
Middle Grades Education 4108 Teaching and Learning Science in the Middle Grades
(field experience) SPRING ONLY
3  
Special Education 4109 Educating Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings
(field experience)   SPRING ONLY
3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Senior Year - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Middle Grades Education 3196 Teaching and Learning Literacy in the Middle Grades
FALL ONLY
3 WI
Special Education 3187 Integrated Literacy and Special Education Practicum
(field experience) FALL ONLY
3  
Middle Grades Education 3296 Cultures, Communities and Families
(field experience) FALL ONLY
3 WI
Education 2306 Assessment and Evaluation 3  
English Education
(Secondary)
3338 Foundations of Language Teaching: Teaching English
Language Learners in Grades 4 to 12 (field experience)*
3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Senior Year - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Middle Grades Education 4888 Student Teaching in the Middle Grades 9  
Middle Grades Education 4801 Senior Seminar & Performance Assessment in Middle
Grades Education
3  
Education 4111 Classroom & Conflict Management in Grades 4 through 12 3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Total Hours for Mathematics & Language Arts Concentration: 126

* These three courses constitute the waiver for the GenEd Human Behavior category when the GPA requirement is met.

** These two courses constitute the waiver for the GenEd Science category when the GPA requirement is met.

*** This course constitutes the waiver for the GenEd Quantitative Literacy category when the GPA requirement is met.

Science and Language Arts Concentration:

To best prepare students in this major for the Praxis II exams, we strongly encourage taking the suggested GenEds listed.

 

Freshman Year - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society (suggested: Anthropology/Geography
& Urban Studies/Sociology 0867: World Regions & Cultures:
Diversity & Interconnections
)
3 GG
Mathematics 1021 College Algebra *** 4  
Biology 1011 General Biology I (includes a lab) ** 4  
Subtotal     15  
 
Freshman Year - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity
(suggested: African American Studies/Anthropology/
Geography & Urban Studies/History/Political Science/
Sociology 0829: The History & Significance of Race in America,
or Sociology 0926: Honors: The History & Significance of Race
in America
)
3 GD
Mathematics 1022 Precalculus *** 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3 GA
Physics 1004 Introduction to Astronomy 3  
Subtotal     16  
 
Sophomore Year - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Intellectual Heritage 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
Mathematics 1015 Introduction to Numbers & Figures  *** 4  
Chemistry 1021 Introduction to Chemistry I 3  
Chemistry 1023 Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory I 1  
English 2831 Literacy and Society 3  
Education 2103 Socio-cultural Foundations of Education in the United States
(field experience) 
3  
Subtotal     17  
 
Sophomore Year - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Communication Sciences
& Disorders
1108 Introduction to Linguistics 3  
Chemistry 1022 Introduction to Chemistry II 3  
Chemistry 1024 Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory II 1  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society (suggested: American Studies/Anthropology/
Geography & Urban Studies/History/Sociology 0848:
American Revolutions)
3 GU
Education 2109 Adolescent Development for Educators (field experience) * 3  
Special Education 2231 Introduction to Inclusive Education (field experience) * 3  
Subtotal     16  
 
Junior Year - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Select one of the following English courses:   3  
English 1121
1141
2004
2511
2512
Introduction to Fiction
Introduction to Literature
Creative Writing: Fiction
Modern Poetry
Modern Novel
   
History 1101
  or
1102
U.S. History to 1877
     or
U.S. History since 1877
3  
Physics 1021 Introduction to General Physics I 4  
Middle Grades Education 3109 Cognitive Development in the Content Areas (field experience) 
FALL ONLY
3  
Middle Grades Education 3111 Applications of Learning Theory to Middle Grades Education
(field experience) FALL ONLY
3  
Subtotal     16  
 
Junior Year - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 2301
  or
2302
  or
2402
Survey of American Literature I
     or
Survey of American Literature II
     or
African American Literature II
3  
Biology 1012 General Biology II (includes a lab) ** 4  
Middle Grades Education 3145 Teaching and Learning Mathematics in the Middle Grades
(field experience)***  SPRING ONLY
3  
Middle Grades Education 4108 Teaching and Learning Science in the Middle Grades
(field experience) SPRING ONLY
3  
Special Education 4109 Educating Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings
(field experience) SPRING ONLY
3  
Subtotal     16  
 
Senior Year - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Middle Grades Education 3196 Teaching & Learning Literacy in the Middle Grades  FALL ONLY 3 WI
Special Education 3187 Integrated Literacy and Special Education Practicum
(field experience) FALL ONLY
3  
Middle Grades Education 3296 Cultures, Communities & Families (field experience) FALL ONLY 3 WI
English Education
(Secondary)
3338 Foundations of Language Teaching: Teaching English Language
Learners in Grades 4 to 12 (field experience) *
3  
Education 2306 Assessment and Evaluation 3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Senior Year - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Middle Grades Education 4888 Student Teaching in the Middle Grades 9  
Middle Grades Education 4801 Senior Seminar & Performance Assessment in Middle
Grades Education
3  
Education 4111 Classroom & Conflict Management in Grades 4 through 12 3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Total Hours for Science & Language Arts Concentration: 126

* These 3 courses constitute the waiver for the GenEd Human Behavior category when the GPA requirement is met.

** These two courses constitute the waiver for the GenEd Science category when the GPA requirement is met.

*** These four courses constitute the waiver for the GenEd Quantitative Literacy category when the GPA requirement is met.

Mathematics and Science Concentration:

To best prepare students in this major for the Praxis II exams, we strongly encourage taking the suggested GenEds listed.

 

Freshman Year - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
Biology 1011 General Biology I (includes a lab) ** 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society (suggested: Anthropology/Geography
& Urban Studies/Sociology 0867: World Regions & Cultures:
Diversity & Interconnections
)
3 GG
Mathematics 1022 Precalculus 4  
Subtotal     15  
 
Freshman Year - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity
(suggested: African American Studies/Anthropology/
Geography & Urban Studies/History/Political Science/
Sociology 0829: The History & Significance of Race in America,
or Sociology 0926: Honors: The History & Significance of Race
in America
)
3 GD
Mathematics 1041 Calculus I *** 4  
Physics 1004 Introduction to Astronomy 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3 GA
Subtotal     16  
 
Sophomore Year - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Intellectual Heritage 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
Mathematics 1042 Calculus II 4  
Chemistry 1021 Introduction to Chemistry I 3  
Chemistry 1023 Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory I 1  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society (suggested: American Studies/Anthropology/
Geography & Urban Studies/History/Sociology 0848:
American Revolutions)
3 GU
Education 2103 Socio-cultural Foundations of Education in the United States
(field experience)
3  
Subtotal     17  
 
Sophomore Year - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 2301
 or
2302
 or
2402
Survey of American Literature I
     or
Survey of American Literature II
     or
African American Literature II
3  
Mathematics 1015 Introduction to Numbers & Figures 4  
Chemistry 1022 Introduction to Chemistry II 3  
Chemistry 1024 Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory II 1  
Education 2109 Adolescent Development for Educators (field experience)* 3  
Special Education 2231 Introduction to Inclusive Education (field experience)* 3  
Subtotal     17  
 
Junior Year - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
History 1101
  or
1102
U.S. History to 1877
     or
U.S. History since 1877
3  
Mathematics 1013
  or
2031
Elements of Statistics
     or
Probability and Statistics
3  
Physics 1021 Introduction to General Physics I 4  
Middle Grades Education 3109 Cognitive Development in the Content Areas
(field experience) FALL ONLY
3  
Middle Grades Education 3111 Applications of Learning Theory to Middle Grades Education
(field experience) FALL ONLY
3  
Subtotal     16  
 
Junior Year - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Mathematics 2021
  or
3003
Functions and Modeling
      or
Theory of Numbers
3  
Biology 1012 General Biology II (includes a lab) ** 4  
Middle Grades Education 3145 Teaching and Learning Mathematics in the Middle Grades
(field experience) SPRING ONLY
3  
Middle Grades Education 4108 Teaching and Learning Science in the Middle Grades
(field experience) SPRING ONLY
3  
Special Education 4109 Educating Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings
(field experience) SPRING ONLY
3  
Subtotal     16  
 
Senior Year - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Middle Grades Education 3196 Teaching and Learning Literacy in the Middle Grades
FALL ONLY
3 WI
Special Education 3187 Integrated Literacy and Special Education Practicum
(field experience) FALL ONLY
3  
Middle Grades Education 3296 Cultures, Communities & Families (field experience)
FALL ONLY
3 WI
English Education
(Secondary)
3338 Foundations of Language Teaching: Teaching English
Language Learners in Grades 4 to 12 (field experience)*
3  
Education 2306 Assessment and Evaluation 3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Senior Year - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Middle Grades Education 4888 Student Teaching in the Middle Grades 9  
Middle Grades Education 4801 Senior Seminar & Performance Assessment in Middle
Grades Education
3  
Education 4111 Classroom & Conflict Management in Grades 4 through 12 3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Total Hours for Mathematics & Science Concentration: 127

* These 3 courses constitute the waiver for the GenEd Human Behavior category when the GPA requirement is met.

** These two courses constitute the waiver for the GenEd Science category when the GPA requirement is met.

*** This course constitutes the waiver for the GenEd Quantitative Literacy category when the GPA requirement is met.

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